Villagers focus on positive legacy to culture award - The Evesham Observer

Villagers focus on positive legacy to culture award

Evesham Editorial 23rd Apr, 2022   0

RESIDENTS of Broughton Hackett, Churchill, Spetchley and White Ladies Aston reflected on ‘new friendships and a legacy to be proud of’ following their two-year reign as Wychavon Village of Culture.

In January 2020, the four villages were awarded the title after a successful joint bid, receiving £5,000 to spend on a range of cultural and community-focused activities designed to bring people together and showcase the best of the district.

The introduction of coronavirus restrictions in March 2020 meant organisers were faced with some unexpected challenges requiring creative solutions.

But they continued undeterred and used online video calling software to hold engaging workshops such as Christmas wreath making and Easter flower arranging, helping residents to discover new creative outlets during lockdown.

Because of the pandemic, Wychavon agreed to extend their award by 12 months, giving organisers time to do more as restrictions eased.

Among their many achievements was the creation of a booklet of local historical walks, the Big Art Show highlighting local talent, an archaeological dig, a Halloween pumpkin-carving trail and a weekend visit from the Worcester Re-enactors.

Long-lost traditions have also been revived including ‘Beating the Bounds’ and ‘Wassailing’ which it is hoped will become annual events as a lasting legacy from the project, as well as the spirit of community and co-operation it has encouraged to grow.

Claire Marshall, member of the Wychavon Village of Culture organising committee, said: “We can look back over the last two years with great pride at what the villages have achieved. It has been a real triumph over adversity.

“Despite all the problems caused by the pandemic, everyone pulled together to deliver some impressive events.”

Coun Rob Adams, executive board member for Stronger Communities, Culture and Sport on Wychavon District Council, said: “We’re so impressed with the work these villages have done in such difficult circumstances.

“They’re a fantastic example of the strong sense of community that exists in Wychavon and an inspiration for other areas looking to become Wychavon’s Village of Culture.”

A competition to find the next Wychavon Village of Culture will be held in 2023. More details about the competition, and how to enter, will be released later this year.


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