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Grown Ups and Wigglers

Grown ups and Wigglers is a fun dance and movement class for under 5’s and their parents, it is fully inclusive. The idea is that the class strengthens the bond between the parent and toddler and develops the toddlers co-ordination, and balance as well as the parent taking gentle exercise and keeping fit. There is a short refreshment break to enable the parents/carers to socialise and share stories.

We received funding from Wychavon District Council and Vale of Evesham Network of Artists to run three of these classes in Evesham, Pershore and Droitwich Spa. Classes also ran at Cherry Orchard 1st School, Inkberrow 1st School and Bengeworth 1st School on a Friday after school.

We also received funding from Rugby Borough Council to run a pilot Grown Ups and Wigglers in Rugby for seven sessions at Rugby art gallery and museum! They were on Friday's from 10 February 2017 from 10-11am for £3.50 per session (£1.50 concessions). Additional support was available for children with additional needs from Entrust Care Partnership. We have been lucky enough to get more funding from Health Thrive, the Health Lottery. The classes are on a Friday morning from 10am to 11am at Rugby Baptist Church and costs £1 per family per week.

Also Arts Council England and Warwick and Leamington District Council also gave us funding to run some more of these classes in Warwick and Stratford Upon Avon on Mondays (St Paul's church, Warwick 10-11am) and Fridays (Tyler House, Stratford Upon Avon 9.30-10.30am). £3.50 per session (£1.50 concussions). Additional support was available for children with additional needs from Entrust Care Partnership. The sessions were run by Kath Kimber-McTiffin from Wriggle Dance Theatre.

Please follow this link to to see our short film 

https://youtu.be/C2t36AHBLc4

For more information and to keep up to date with Grown Ups and Wigglers www.facebook.com/grownupsandwigglers 

BRIDGING THE GAP

Bridging The Gap is an intergenerational residency project between St Mary’s Primary School and sheltered housing residents from Rooftop Housing in Broadway. The aim of the project is for the young people to gather Information about WW1 and other wars from the older people and research how Broadway was connected to the wars. This will be done with the help of Rhubarb Rhubarb Creatives.

Singer/songwriter Deborah Rose and Martin Riley will then be working with the young people to write and produce their own songs based on the research and interviews. These will be performed at the school, The Court sheltered housing and the beautiful Broadway Museum and Art Gallery as part of Evesham Festival of Words. See poster for more information and to book tickets. Many thanks to Rooftop Housing, Wychavon DC, Worcestershire County Council and Evesham Festival of Words for supporting the project.

Feedback
Mrs Corke Year 5/6 teacher "this has been one of the best things we have done at this school. Thank you for such a fantastic few weeks"
Year 5/6 pupil "they have inspired me" (the artists)
Year 5/6 pupil "it was interesting to listen to the stories from WW1 and WW2"
Year 5/6 pupil "it was fun, it got me over a couple of fears and it was amazing being able to express myself" (about performing)
Year 5/6 pupil "one of the best mornings/afternoons ever!" (about the poetry and interviewing)
Veteran "absolutely wonderful" (about being interviewed)
Veteran, I enjoyed "being able to  convey to the children my war time experience"

The War Songs

 WAR IS A TRAGEDY

VERSE 1

Once upon a time

Ken got shot in the leg

He was a soldier

South Wales Borderer

2ndBattalion World War One

Brave as can be he got sent to Italy

To a war camp faraway

Every night he would pray

CHORUS

War is a tragedy

In the name of our majesty

War is a tragedy

In the name of our majesty

Oh war

Oh war

VERSE 2

When he was at war

There was a deadly gas attack

Yelling, screaming, shouting, crying

Snipers, guns, exploding frags

Dead men were all around

Drowning in the haunting sounds

Rashes and blisters from the smoke

One by one the soldiers choked

CHORUS
Bridge

Six months on Ken was missing

Presumed dead

His family mourned

A telegram filled with dread

 VERSE 3

Until one day there was a knock on the door

Ken’s coming home for good

He lays his guns down on the floor

His mother is amazed

Tears of joy she cries

My son he is alive

A miracle before our eyes

(But it doesn’t always end this way….)

CHORUS

My Name Is Leonard William

I was there bent double gazing straight at death 

‘Twas my mate there taking his final breath 

As he fell from the fire on to the ground 

The laughter of the enemy was the only sound 

My name is Leonard William 

His name is Leonard William

 

I fought many battles on land and sea

13 medals of honour were given to me 

And of all the places in the world that I saw 

It was home my heart was longing for 

My name is Leonard William 

His name is Leonard William


It was 10 years later he was back on the seas 

When crashing waves were lashing down on he 

“Hey quick boys” he shouted as he gasped for breath 

He knew he couldn’t take much more as he faced death

My name is Leonard William 

His name is Leonard William

 

Letting go was easy as the pressure pushed down 

Although he made it home to his dear old town 

All his families eyes were filled with tears 

Looking back he had struggled through all these years 

 

My name was Leonard William 

His name was Leonard William 

My name was Leonard William 

His name was Leonard William

 

Please see below a selection of photos taken through the various stages of the project.