The new Ouse Washes LP Website is Live!!

Today is a very exciting day as we are finally able to share our new website with the world!

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Please pass on the message to others: www.ousewashes.org.uk

 

This website is intended to be a ‘one-stop shop’ for local people and visitors to explore the Ouse Washes Landscape:

  • Explore the Ouse Washes LP area’s tourist attractions, nature reserves and museums in more detail through our interactive Explore map;
  • Find out what’s going on in the area through our What’s on section;
  • Find out how you can get involved through our projects, events and our volunteering options in our Get Involved section
  • Find out what makes the Ouse Washes LP area special, by reading through our Discover section;
  • The Ouse News is our old WordPress blog incorporated in this new website – keep up to date of all new events, project development and information about the area though this newsreel
  • And a lot more – go on, find out for yourself!

 

Do let us know what you think about the new website – we want this to be useful for you, so please help us make things better – drop us a line through the Contact section.

 

Happy reading!

 

Press release: Press release_New website for Ouse Washes Landscape now live!

Denver Sluice Complex, one of the key hubs in the Ouse Washes Landscape area. Image: Kite Aerial Photography by Bill Blake Heritage Documentation

Denver Sluice Complex, one of the key hubs in the Ouse Washes Landscape area. Image: Kite Aerial Photography by Bill Blake Heritage Documentation

 

Littleport Fourteen 1914 – 2014 : event this weekend

logosOn behalf of the Littleport Field Theatre Group I am passing on the below information about this exciting Littleport Fourteen event held this weekend:

 

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You are invited to join us at Littleport Village Hall, 15 & 16 November, 10-4 pm for a fascinating range of displays of artefacts, photos, memorabilia and other items from the Great War. There will be talks and exhibitions, live music from Littleport Lyrics, and a costumed WW1 canteen courtesy of Littleport Women’s Institute.

There will be an exhibition of work by pupils of Littleport Community Primary School, and a display by the Field Theatre Group, about their recent production: Field of War.

The poetry anthology Perspectives, featuring new writing on the theme of the Great War will also be available to buy. All proceeds from the anthology will be divided between the Royal British Legion, Littleport Branch, and Help for Heroes.

Entry to the exhibition is free. Refreshments and disabled facilities are available. We do hope you will join our community for this centenary exhibition.

Littleport Festival Fourteen is funded by the heritage Lottery Fund and Littleport Parish Council. The Perspective anthology and prize is funded by East Cambs District Council.

 

Ouse Washes Mosaics on show

 

logosOver the past three months members of the public have been working alongside professional artists Carolyn Ash to produce three stunning mosaic murals depicting the Ouse Washes landscape. The murals will be installed at the three sites where they were created, Mepal Outdoor Centre, Denver Sluice and Welney Wetland Centre.

However, before the go off to their permanent homes there is a special chance to see all there together on Sunday 16th November from 10am to 3.30pm at WWT Welney Wetland Centre.

This will also be an opportunity to meet Carolyn, see a display of photos of the murals being created and to enjoy a host of activities being offered that weekend as part of the centre’s Festival of Swans.

 

The murals were created as part of the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme, and funded by the Heritage Lottery. The scheme was established to raise awareness and encourage greater local engagement with the washes.

 

The mural project was managed by ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire).  Nathan Jones of ADeC said:

“This has been the most wonderful project to be involved with. It has been a real privilege to work at the three sites and we have been delighted by the response of the local communities. Six different schools helped with the murals and they should be very proud of their contribution.”

 

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For the latest information on the mural projects and a range of images of the three stunning murals, see also https://www.facebook.com/OWLPCommunityMurals

 

WWI Centenary events in Littleport

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A range of events are happening soon in Littleport, all related to the commemorations surrounding the start of WWI, 100 years ago.

There is a dedicated Facebook page about all the things happening surrounding the  Littleport Centenary events: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Littleport-WW1/1385394928404885

 

First of all, on 1 and 2 November, The Littleport Field Theatre Group will perform its Heritage Lottery Funded community performances of Field of War.

Practitioners from The Field have been working with a mixed-age,  mixed-ability group of residents to create a WW1 centenary tribute in music, songs, poetry and drama. In addition we will be creating a wartime trench set, and we will be utilising archive footage from the Imperial War Museum.The performances are just one element of a series of commemorative events which have been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Littleport Parish Council, and East Cambridgeshire District Council.

Tickets are free for performances at Littleport Village Hall, on Saturday 1 November, 7.30 pm; Sunday 2 November 2 pm & 7.30 pm (the producers would like to advise that the performance is not suitable for young children).

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On 15 November there is a Perspectives poetry competition prize giving event, at Littleport Village Hall, 6.30-8 pm – see leaflet below

Please join for a celebratory evening to congratulate the entrants who have written a selection of moving poems to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to read their poems. The prizes will be presented by the current Fenland Poet Laureate, Poppy Kleiser.

The Littleport Field Theatre Group are launching the anthology ‘Perspectives’ at this event. Perspectives is priced £3, and all proceeds from the sales will be divided between Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion (Littleport Branch).

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People, Places and Pictures of the Fen Country

logosTwo Fenlanders,  “born and bred” ,Maureen Scott (Littleport on the Ouse) and Lorna Delanoy (Mepal on the Bedfords) have compiled two little books about the Cambridgeshire fens featuring words, stories and pictures which have been collected by them over the last half century.

‘Words Two’ – a book featuring interesting memories and history articles based on and the Isle of Ely came out recently; see also this recent news article:http://www.ely-news.co.uk/New-Isle-Ely-themed-book-local-charities-boost/story-22877506-detail/story.html

Copies at £4 each can be bought at Burrows Bookshop, Ely or direct by phoning 01353777691 with all profits to be given to East Anglian Children’s Hospice.

Extracts of the latest book, ‘Words Two’:

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And an extract from ‘Words, Words & More Words’:

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Tales of Washes, Wildfowl and Water

Volunteers needed

One of the projects of the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership is well underway and very keen to recruit more young volunteers to help make a short, animated film all about the creation of the Ouse Washes.

The details of who is eligible and how to get involved:Rosmini animation project A5flier jpeg

The film will be all about the archaeology, landscape heritage, natural heritage and the people who created the landscape and worked in the washes; it will lead those involved to explore the landscape heritage and how the Ouse Washes were created.

The Project

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The project is being run by the Fens Museum Partnership, in conjunction with a local volunteer community group linked to the Rosmini Centre in Wisbech. The volunteers involved in the project will shape the story and direction of the film, select the topics and then put the film together, thereby gaining a great sense of ownership over the project and final product.

Once the Ouse Washes Partnership scheme has completed its work, this film will continue to be used by various organisations, for example schools, youth clubs, libraries, local history groups and community groups, providing a concise story of the Ouse Washes to many more people and allowing them to learn about its heritage.

We will also promote the film at many of our partnership events, such as the Festival Fortnight during July 2015 and 2016, and other occasions when we showcase the Ouse Washes scheme to the public.

Previous films from the Fens Museum Partnership

To give you an idea of the wonderful films that are put together using this technique, follow this link to see some films that are part of a series of short, stop-frame animation Fenland Storiesfilms entitled Fenland Stories previously produced by The Fens Museum Partnership.

Once again, on this project, the film will be produced as a packaged DVD, allowing it to be widely distributed to the scheme partners, the Heritage Lottery Fund and other organisations. It will also be uploaded to the scheme’s website, social media and our YouTube channel.

How to Get Involved

If you are interested in getting involved in the project, please get in touch with Ruth Farnan at the Fens Museum Partnership directly on:

  • 07881 924374, or
  • ruth.farnan@Norfolk.gov.uk

Or you can contact the central team for the partnership using the details on our contact page.

Heritage Open Days of 2014 this Weekend!

Like last year, many heritage attractions are free to explore, usually for longer opening times with possible special exhibitions and access to places usually closed to the public all weekend for the Heritage Open Days! It is a special annual weekend supported by English Heritage since 1994 and you can visit the Heritage Open Days official website. This year it runs from Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th September. logos

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Ely Cathedral above the market. Source: Pete Johnstone

With open nights on Friday evening, open tours on Saturday and open houses on the Sunday, an interesting Ely Heritage Weekend is coming up! On Friday evening, you can experience Oliver Cromwell’s House, Ely Cathedral, The Stained Glass Museum and Ely Museum at the unusual hours of after closing time. The Saturday has lots more things going on! Bookings for places are advisable as they are different and enjoyable guided tours around Ely, in the Courthouse, the 15th century Old Palace and the West Tower in Ely Cathedral. The Ely Museum also has a guided tour alongside many activities. On the Sunday, Ely opens its 14th and 16th century houses at 7 & 9 Silver Street, Ely’s Old Porta entrance and the 14th century chapel that are rarely opened to the public. Additionally, a tour around St Peter’s Church and riverside walk with the Environment Agency and Cambridgeshire ACRE is on. Pre-booking is essential with all of Sunday activities.

The Chatteris Library is showing photographs of how the buildings in Chatteris changed over time.

March offers around 20 events and activities this year including a trip with a local historian to learn about the town’s influential Gray family, a gentle walk on architectural details of the buildings along Station Road, a walk seeing the railway and water voles, children’s activities and a toys exhibition at March and District Museum – see The March Society website.

Heritage Open Days in Fenland poster. Source: The March Society

Fenland Heritage Open Days booklet front cover. Source: The March Society.

The Capital of the Fens – Wisbech – have many things open and to see for the weekend. A wide range of buildings are open such as Wisbech Castle, Masonic Lodges and Council Chambers, which has displays of furniture, historical styles and various artefacts to view and learn from. The other venues open from the public ranged from a theatre – the Angles Theatre – to all the National Trust properties, including the one usually closed to the public. A guided tour and apple tasting at The Orchard and the various churches and museums in Wisbech with their individual features, characters and various kinds of history exhibited through talks to demonstrations will be specially available for the public this Heritage Open Days weekend too. Of particular interest, “Vivian” the fire engine that served Wisbech in the 1930s to the 1960s is on display.

The Fenland Heritage Open Days booklet that cover the rest of Fenland for can be consulted for further information.

The Ramsey Rural Museum is open on the Sunday and there will be a great range of ways to discover Ramsay‘s heritage including a Great Fen exhibition trailer and learning about the two world wars.

St Ives opens a number of their religious and town buildings for most of the weekend, including a mosque that opens on the Sunday and exhibitions in the Corn Exchange, while Holt Island Nature Reserve is open all weekend with a basket weaving display. The flyer can be downloaded here.

In Houghton, National Trust’s Houghton Mill is free and themed Victorian with costumed actors and available toys for children to play with, and the Mill will work to produce flour.

Have a great one!