Reclaiming the River

June 16th, 2016 18:00 → June 16th, 2016 22:30

The Moorings, 23 The Groves, Chester, CH11SD
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Reclaiming the River - the past, present and future of The Groves

The Groves - the land along the River Dee - is 300 years old this year. We found a public record of the granting of this riverside land to the people of the city in 1716 by Charles Croughton.

Now we intend to celebrate this tricentenary with a 3 day 'spectacle' in May next year, and create a sustainable legacy to ensure this recently neglected area of Chester riverside is celebrated and used for good, for years to come. WE NEED YOU to help us make this happen.

Been 'n' gone

This gig's over but check out the calendar for the next one.

Planning for this celebratory event is well underway and is supported by local partners, communities, schools and artists. This venture has been identified and driven forwards by James Roberts and Sarah May of The Moorings, The Groves, Chester and Friends of the Groves and Grosvenor Park. The project is enthusiastically supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council and being 'built' by Matt Baker and Russell Kirk.

Check out this brilliant footage of The Groves, as ladies compete in the Chester Swimming Gala (1914 - 1918).

Our challenge for this gig is to define what this underused public space could be in the future - after the anniversary. To create a vehicle, an identity, to promote this locality and to fuel learning, pride and appreciation of The Groves among Cestrians and visitors to Chester for years to come.

~~~~~From anniversary to legacy~~~~~

So, join us for an evening at The Moorings. We will use our 4-5 hours productively to

1) Define this space, explore its potential

2) Figure out its 'identity'

3) Use our findings from 1 and 2 to build a resource hub to educate and inform Cestrians and visitors

The Moorings will be providing handmade pizza, our friends at Commonhall Social are keeping us hydrated (beer!), musical beats will be pumping away - fuelling our brains and bodies! We welcome everyone with open arms, but are also specific skills we are looking for. Please register your attendance above ^^^ by clicking 'Attend'._

(And shhh but... depending on what we're able to achieve on the night there may be budget to pay people to help complete this project)_

Who was there?

  • Andrew
  • Tom
  • Kathy Jones Brady
  • Alison
  • Carla Fallows
  • David Atkinson
  • Michal Palamarczuk
  • Jon Mason
  • Andrea
  • Adam Kirkup
  • Anna
  • Rose Gelder
  • Rhiannon Bevan
  • Nishant
  • Nicola haigh
  • Mark
  • Nick Hodson
  • Charli McCann
  • Laura Knight
  • James Roberts
  • James Mellor
  • Uná Meehan
  • Holly Ffi