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

 

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Marvellous and wonderful images from across the Ouse Washes landscape area – enjoy!

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_MG_3397-2January:  poplar wind break near Welney

_DSC8647 February: Stretham Old Engine

L1339700March: A prop trail in the Old Ouse near Twentypence.

Bulwark mod 2April: the Earith Bulwark under water.

Ouse washes at Earith 07052012-2May: The flooded Washes near Earith.

The Cradge bank at Salters Lode1June: Looking south to the Cradge Bank.

_DSC9057-4July: The dry Washes

A G Wright Sluice DenverAugust the A J Wright Sluice, Denver

Ely Cathedral 19112013_03September. The ship of the Fens.

_DSC9295-2October: Earith Bulwark: detail of the NW bastion.

_DSC8306November: The washes outwash: mud and clay at Snettisham Scalp.

East bound winter trainDecember: The Great Eastern Railway crossing near Manea.

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Countryside Engagement & Marketing Officer post – apply now

logosWe are re-advertising the below job, Countryside Engagement and Marketing Officer. This is such an exciting and varied role, you will not be disappointed! Please do pass this on to anyone you think may be interested.

Countryside Engagement and Marketing Officer – with Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme’s central team, based at Cambridgeshire ACRE

We have an exciting opportunity for the right highly motivated and committed individual to take charge of the Partnership’s engagement with the wider public as we seek to turn the Ouse Washes area into a tourism destination.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree-level and have previous experience of community engagement, using social media in a business context, developing engagement strategies and working with others to achieve project goals.

 

Principal Accountabilities:

1. Work with partners and communities to provide a wide range of communication, interpretation and engagement activities across the breadth of the Landscape Partnership Scheme, including the development of the high profile ‘Ouse Washes Festival Fortnight’ events programme and annual conferences.

2. Work with community groups and volunteers offering information, advice and guidance so they can undertake community projects that promote, protect and enhance the Ouse Washes landscape, habitats, species and sites of historic interest.

3. Develop an engagement strategy that will target key audiences, particularly those that have no knowledge of the heritage of the Ouse Washes, enabling them to develop their confidence in accessing the countryside and learning new skills.

4. Lead on the promotion and marketing of the programme and activities using the OWLP website, blog, social media, videos, photography, radio, presentations, attendance at community events and production of marketing literature. This will include writing copy for press releases/marketing materials, coordinating the design and production of any hard copy literature required by the OWLP, and working with partners/communities to generate ‘good news’ stories to celebrate their project successes.

5. Recruit and manage volunteers and identify opportunities for them to actively contribute to the OWLP projects and other scheme developments through the volunteering marketplace.

6. Assist OWLP colleagues in monitoring and evaluating the OWLP scheme as a whole and its individual projects, undertaking monitoring visits where required.

7. Maintain the OWLP customer database using the ACT! system to aid partnership communications.

 

The full job description and person specification can be downloaded from the Resources and Downloads area on the relevant Cambridgeshire ACRE website page, http://www.cambsacre.org.uk/jobs-detail.php?eid=18. To apply, please also download the application form from that page.

The closing date for applications is 01 December 2014 at 12 noon. Interviews will take place on Friday 05 December 2014.

Any enquiries, please call 01353 865029.

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The captivating Ouse Washes LP landscape. Image: Bill Blake Heritage Documentation, all rights reserved.

Free Swan Researcher Workshops with WWT Welney

logosWould you like to become a trained volunteer with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust? Look no further!

 

As part of the WWT Welney Wetlands Centre’s project within the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnerships scheme, called ‘Species Identification & Monitoring’, a series of workshops are now being organised so that you can also become a trained swan researcher – join the WWT Welney at 21 or 22 November:

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Or download the poster here: Swan ring reading workshop 1

 

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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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Image: Littleport Field Theatre Group

 

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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Job opportunity: Countryside Engagement Officer (with Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme)

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New job opportunity; supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Working closely with local and national partners, Cambridgeshire ACRE is delivering a £1m Heritage Lottery Fund grant-aided Landscape Partnership Scheme for the Ouse Washes area.

Countryside Engagement Officer (with Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme)

We have an exciting opportunity for the right highly motivated and committed individual to take charge of the Partnership’s engagement with the wider public as we seek to turn the Ouse Washes area into a tourism destination.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree-level and have previous experience of community engagement, using social media in a business context, developing engagement strategies and working with others to achieve project goals.

The job description/person specification can be downloaded from the Resources and Downloads area on the relevant Cambridgeshire ACRE website page, http://www.cambsacre.org.uk/jobs-detail.php?eid=18. If you wish to apply, please also download the application form from that page and follow the instructions on the form.

The closing date for applications is 3 November 2014 at 12pm. Interviews will take place in Littleport on Friday 7 November 2014.

Any enquiries, please call 01353 865029.

 

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The job description/person specification can also be downloaded here: http://www.cambsacre.org.uk/downloads/owlpcountrysideengagementofficer_141014090432.pdf