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T100 Dreaming Festival 2021

Looking back at our 7th successful year

With a series of specially curated walks, T100 Dreaming invited communities and artists to come together to share their dreams, celebrate community spirit and imagine a more creative and sustainable future.

Along with inspiration sessions for artists and creative workshops for community groups, the festival was delighted to be able to provide mentoring support for 4 new walk leaders from diverse communities in partnership with Active Essex, Essex Cultural Diversity Project and Living London.  This aimed to shine a light upon people with different backgrounds, from varied places and cultures, who make their homes in Thurrock.

This year the innovative approach of pairing local artists with walk leaders led to the walks becoming more interactive, with talks and artist-led activities on route and not just at the end.  Some people joined in with the downloadable activity pack, and even more chose to get involved in person.

Thurrock Yacht Club quite literally flew the flag for T100 throughout June and July, and welcomed us to their clubhouse in Grays, while Essex Wildlife Trust volunteers provided an insightful tour of Langdon Hills Nature Reserve, Regency Dance performed a ‘dreaming dance’ in East Tilbury and lots of food outlets got involved in the Grays taster trail, while East Tilbury Primary School, Ockendon Children’s Centre, the Young Carers and more benefitted from creative workshops. A highlight was seeing the results of the Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions session during an impromptu performance with Kinetika Bloco at Grays Beach, cheered on by the Grays community who proudly paraded their newly designed community flags and set to a backdrop of Kinetika pennants being waved from yachts on the river.

Very popular this year, tickets remained free due to the generous support of funders and partners and were booked up quickly as people were keen to stretch their legs after lockdown.

In 2021 the festival partnered with Kinetika’s larger creative walking event Beach of Dreams, which expanded our walking, talking and making concept from Thurrock all the way up the coast to Lowestoft, resulting in new partnerships and receiving national news coverage.

An exceptional grand finale at Tilbury Fort brought T100 Dreaming to a close on 1st August. Mayor of Thurrock, Sue Shinnick, attended the widely anticipated event and witnessed the last steps of both festivals being taken into the historic Fort, as walkers were met with a host of musicians, giant dancing puppets and an impactful display of hundreds of silk flags, that represented the dreams of the those we met along the way.

The premiere performance of a new song ‘Tilbury is the Place for Me’ was a highlight of the occasion, performed by students from Gateway Learning Community and Tilbury Youth Services. The young people were given an opportunity to develop the track working with award-winning poet, novelist and musician Anthony Joseph, the saxophonist/ composer Ruben Fox and the impressive Kinetika Bloco. The song was inspired by the calypso of the Windrush generation ‘London is the place for me’ referencing local history, as well as ideas from the young people themselves.

T100 Dreaming was funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, Arts Council England, Active Essex and Thurrock council with additional contributions for creative elements from the Port of Tilbury, Thameside Theatre and Riverside Community.  The impactful project with Tilbury youth ‘Tilbury is the Place for Me’ was part of Shout Out Loud, English Heritage’s national youth engagement programme and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Kick the Dust strand.

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Open to everyone who took part in a T100 activity this year.
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Stanford-le-Hope

Theme: Imagination Our Nation/ Connectivity

Walkers carrying illustrated flags follow a path into the distance
Walkers stride towards the viewer carrying pennant shaped flags
Ali Pretty and T100 project manager Katie Beadle say hello at the end of the day's walks
A large group of people smile at the camera from the top of the Thameside Nature reserve visitor centre
Thameside nature reserve visitor centre
Hungry walkers gather around the lunch trolley at Thameside Nature reserve
Smiling walkers sit at a round picnic table eating lunch, surrounded by grass
Walkers look at flags while others stop for a snack
T100 Dreaming meets Beach of Dreams in Stanford le Hope
T100 Dreaming meets Beach of Dreams in Stanford le Hope
T100 Dreaming meets Beach of Dreams in Stanford le Hope
T100 Dreaming meets Beach of Dreams in Stanford le Hope
T100 Dreaming meets Beach of Dreams in Stanford le Hope
T100 Dreaming meets Beach of Dreams in Stanford le Hope
T100 Dreaming meets Beach of Dreams in Stanford le Hope
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T100 Dreaming meets Beach of Dreams in Stanford le Hope
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Photos by Mike Johnston.

Our July walks kicked off with a nature-filled tour from Stanford-le-hope to visit the Thameside Nature Discovery Park, a former landfill site with superb views over Mucking Flats SSSI and the Thames Estuary.

Alongside tales from the walkers arriving from day 29 of Beach of Dreams, Essex Wildlife Trust gave a fascinating talk about the site over refreshing tea and cake.

Thanks to walk volunteers Gemma Ager and Joan Bullivant who, along with the team from Essex Wildlife Trust, helped to provide the perfect welcome for the Beach of Dreams walkers, lifting their sprits as they entered Thurrock to see some familiar faces.

📷 Click to see all Stanford-le-Hope walk photos.

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East Tilbury ‘Bataville’

Theme: In Other People’s Shoes/ Empathy & Achievement

In June we enjoyed a guided tour of East Tilbury’s old Bata estate, exploring the theme ‘In Other People’s Shoes’.  Mike Ostler shared his expert local knowledge and helped to plan the route with walk leaders Winnie and Melvin as well as Sarah Waterman.

The tour visited the old Bata factory site, hotel and memorial park and walkers learned about the residential, industrial and social legacy of Thomas Bata’s utopian vision from the 1930s. The walk ended with afternoon tea at another local treasure, Coalhouse Fort.

Thanks to June walk volunteers Winnie Nyamu, Melvin Ndebele, Sarah Waterman, Mike Ostler, Ray Reeves, Kathy Bird and the other volunteers from St Catherine’s Church.

📷 See all T100 June photos here.

People holding colourful flags listen to walk leader Winnie next to the Thomas Bata statue
Walk leaders Winnie and Melvin talk to the tour about Bata shoes
Walkers stop to hear about local history at a statue of Thomas Bata
Walkers encircle a statue of Thomas Bata to hear about local history
Walkers stop at the large stone Bata war memorial to listen to Ali Pretty
Local historian Mike Ostler speaks to the walkers
Local historian Mike Ostler speaks to the walkers
The walking tour passes the old Bata factory
The walking tour heads through the Bata estate
Melvin holds two pairs of shoes up for the camera
Walkers stop for afternoon tea under gazebos at Coalhouse Fort
T100 Dreaming East Tilbury Bata walk
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June East Tilbury photos by Mike Johnston.

Local artist Sadie Hasler led themed workshops during the June walk and afterwards with Regency Dance School and East Tilbury Primary School. What are the aspirations of the local children for their town, what do they want to achieve, who are their role models? Sadie shared some of the insightful answers on the July walk.

In July, the East Tilbury walk began alongside Beach of Dreams walkers at Thameside Nature Discovery Park, a popular bird watching site with wonderful views of the lake.

The local history tour around ‘Bataville’ was interesting as ever,  especially with all the dreams about the future shared by Sadie.

Thanks to everyone who took part, especially Regency Dance School, who performed their ‘Dreaming’ dance. It rained a bit at lunch time, but we think it made the chips taste better!

Thanks to July walk volunteers Mike Ostler and Phil Easteal.

📷 Click to see all East Tilbury July photos here.

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“A year like no other, with the pandemic hanging over us it was really proof of a triumph over adversity.”  Mike Ostler

Children from Regency Dance hold flags aloft while one reads her wish for the future
Ali Pretty holds flags while talking to the tour party at Thameside Nature Reserve
Local historian Mike Ostler speaks to the tour party at the former Bata factory
Sadie Hasler speaks to the tour party at the statue of Thomas Bata
Local historian Mike Ostler speaks to the tour party at the statue of Thomas Bata
Walkers shelter from the rain under gazebos in the bata memorial park
T100 Dreaming East Tilbury Bata walk with Regency Dance
T100 Dreaming East Tilbury Bata walk
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T100 Dreaming East Tilbury Bata walk with Regency Dance
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July East Tilbury photos by Mike Johnston.

Langdon Hills

Theme: Germination/ A Natural Resource


New inspiration awaited at Langdon Hills this year with a guided tour of the Country Park from Bob Rigdon and an introduction to Essex Wildlife Trust’s (EWT)  SSSI (site of special scientific interest) and community sensory garden by Chris Curran .  We were joined by walkers from Beach of Dreams, having walked over 450 miles at this point, and Ali Pretty gave a talk about the significance of the beautiful silk pennants they were carrying.

We arrived at the new EWT visitor centre to be greeted by John Little from the Grass Roof Company, who shared his vision for a more biodiverse, sustainable future using innovative planting. Colourful wildflower displays in the visitor centre car park were testament to his work, and the inspiration continued as we were guided to the community garden for a fun dream catcher workshop with local artist Selena Chandler.

Katie Beadle talks to a circle of walkers stood on grass with trees in the background
Walkers gather in a group on grass holding silk pennants while Lesley talks about the dyes used to colour them
Walkers carrying flags head into a dimly lit forest away from the viewer
Walkers emerge from the forest through a gate heading towards the viewer
Group of walkers holding silk pennants walk towards the viewer crossing a road
Chris from Essex Wildlife Trust talks about the Plotlands
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Remains of a plotlands dwelling at Langdon Hills
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A muddy path at Langdon Hills
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Langdon Hills community garden
Dream catcher workshop at Langdon Hills community garden
Dream catcher workshop at Langdon Hills community garden
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John Little talks about the work of the Grass Roof Company
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Chris from Essex Wildlife Trust talks about the Plotlands
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Remains of a plotlands dwelling at Langdon Hills
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A muddy path at Langdon Hills
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Langdon Hills community garden
Dream catcher workshop at Langdon Hills community garden
Dream catcher workshop at Langdon Hills community garden
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Photos by Mike Johnston.

Thanks to walk volunteers Joan Bullivant, Lesley Robinson, Colin Saunders, Phil Easteal, Chris Curran, John Little, Bob Rigdon and his wife.

📷 Click to see all Langdon Hills photos here.

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“Walking & talking together is a hot-bed for germinating new ideas for supporting each other and to benefit the local environment”  Selena Chandler, workshop artist

Ockendon

Theme: Renewal/ Thinking Differently

A day full of dreams and positive action, with a visit to Little Belhus Country Park to see the insect habitat Renewal Mandala created last year. It began by hearing from Beach of Dreams walkers about their personal connections to the area, before heading over to Little Belhus Country Park.  The insect habitat mandala is now a celebrated part of this ex-landfill site, and T100 have helped to maintain it throughout the year. While enjoying a close look at the flowers growing there, Rural Arising’s Alex outlined their exciting plans for the park.

At the Children’s Centre we planted wildflower seeds in the story-corner garden and heard dreams for the town gathered from Thurrock Young Carers and local parents by artist Rebecca Brewer. We even recorded our own dreams for the area on seed paper and planted them in the garden of the Royal Oak pub, the final stop for a well-earned drink

Thanks to walk volunteers Diane Faben, Lesley Robinson, Joan Bullivant and Alex Hollocks.

📷 Click to see all Ockendon photos here.

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“People are always surprised by South Ockendon it’s not what they really expect”  Lesley Robinson

 

The Ockendon walkers hold flags as they smile at the camera for a group photo
Katie Beadle talks to a circle of walkers stood on Ockendon village green
Peter Aylmer explains to a group of walkers what Ockendon village green means to him
Lesley Robinson talks to Ali Pretty and Peter Aylmer as they walk towards the viewer
Walkers gather to hear about the insect habitat mandala at Little Belhus Country Park
A volunteer wearing hi-viz talks about Little Belhus Country Park
Walkers gather to hear about the insect habitat mandala at Little Belhus Country Park
Katie Beadle talks about the insect habitat mandala at Little Belhus Country Park to walkers
Walkers carrying flags head towards the viewer on a dirt path borderd by wild flower meadows
Lesley Robinson holds pennant shaped flags as she talks to the group of walkers
Rebecca Brewer reads dreams to the walkers standing in a cemetary
Rebecca Brewer reads dreams to the walkers standing amongst red concrete planters
Lesley Robinson talks to the walkers with a set of red concrete planters in the foreground
Rebecca Brewer shows a list of dreams from local people to our group gathered in the story corner of the local Children's Centre
Dreams written on small pieces of wildflower paper are planted in a flowerpot with artist Rebecca Brewer
Dreams written on small pieces of wildflower paper are planted in a flowerpot with artist Rebecca Brewer
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T100 Dreaming at Little Belhus Country Park in Ockendon
T100 Dreaming at Little Belhus Country Park in Ockendon
T100 Dreaming at Little Belhus Country Park in Ockendon
T100 Dreaming at Little Belhus Country Park in Ockendon
T100 Dreaming at Little Belhus Country Park in Ockendon
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Planting dreams in Ockendon
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T100 Dreaming at Little Belhus Country Park in Ockendon
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T100 Dreaming at Little Belhus Country Park in Ockendon
T100 Dreaming at Little Belhus Country Park in Ockendon
T100 Dreaming at Little Belhus Country Park in Ockendon
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Photos by Mike Johnston.

Purfleet-on-Thames

Theme: Grow Your Own/ Sustainable Communities

A cyclist takes a flag from a walker as he races by
The tour group stops to listen to walk leader Jay
A line of walkers stretches into the distance over the dry grass of Rainham marshes
Walkers stop to listen to the tour guide with the Thames river in the background
Walkers stop to listen to the tour guide with the Thames river in the background
A line of walkers pass by holding flags on a sunny day
Flags decorate the grounds of High House Production Park
People sit in a circle on the grass at High House Production Park surrounded by flags
Zyle Mills holds a breadfruit from his Heavenly Greens fruit and veg stall
People sit in a circle on the grass at High House Production Park surrounded by flags
A blue and red flag representing the Purfleet on Thames community
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June photos by Mike Johnston.

In June Jayshree led her first walk, supported by Saira Niazi of Living London, providing a glorious personal tour of Purfleet-on-Thames and Rainham Marshes. Saira led some ‘dreaming’ activities on the Grow your own theme where walkers were encouraged to reflect on what they could see.

More people joined for the second part of the walk as it was intercepted by a ‘Welcome to Purfleet-on-Thames’ talk from Trevor Batchelor.

How to grow a sustainable community was a fascinating topic of discussion as the walk made its way to the creative hub of High House Production Park where the beautiful flags and films from last year‘s festival were on display.

📷 Click to see all T100 June photos here.

Following the theme, Saira also worked on collecting community recipes to use locally grown produce with Zyle from Heavenly Greens Fruit and Veg.

The recipes reflected the diversity of the local population and contributed to a sustainable vision for the town; growing locally, supporting local businesses and each other.

Thanks to June walk volunteers Joan Bullivant, Margaret Hall, Lesley Robinson, Stephen Green, Jayshree Patel, Trevor Batchelor, Zyle Mills, Mike Ostler, Madeleine Emmerson and other volunteers from the High House Community Group.

Purfleet June walk route

Jayshree Patel explains her connections to the area to the Purfleet walkers
Flags illustrating aspects of the area decorate the grass in front of the Purfleet-on-Thames Beacon
Jayshree Patel explains her connections to the area to the Purfleet walkers
Ali Pretty speaks to a circle of people gathered on the grass in front of the Purfleet-on-Thames Beacon
An illlustrated T100 flag flutters in the breeze next to the river in Purfleet-on-Thames
Flags illustrating aspects of the area decorate the grass in front of the Purfleet-on-Thames Beacon
Lesley Robinson speaks to a group of walkers outside the RSPB Rainham Marshes visitor centre
Diane Faben explains what this area means to he, holding a flag depicting a heron
Purfleet walkers hold flags as they smile at the camera for a group photo
Walkers help each other clamber over a large fallen tree blocking the path
Stephen Green talks about the area to a group of walkers stopped on a green lane
Stephen Green explains what this mile of the walk means to him, holding a flag with an illustrative pattern
Beach of Dreams silk pennants decorate a grassed area next to the river in Purfleet-on-Thames
Saira from Living London talks about sustainable communities to the group at the Royal Hotel
Walkers relaxing in the Royal Hotel after the walk
Walkers relaxing in the Royal Hotel after the walk
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Photos by Mike Johnston.

In July we returned for a short stroll around Purfleet-on-Thames and were joined again by Beach of Dreams walkers.   After visiting the Heritage and Military Centre and a brief stop at RSPB Rainham Marshes it was time to head back to the Beacon to see beautiful flag installations on the green next to the Thames.

The Royal Hotel provided welcome shelter from the worsening weather, and there Saira shared the results of her sessions to examine what a sustainable community in Purfleet might look like.  We couldn’t picnic on the green due to the weather, but that didn’t stop us sampling some tasty treats from community member Bola.

Thanks to July walk volunteers Margaret Hall, Jayshree Patel, Trevor Batchelor, Joan Bullivant, Lesley Robinson, Stephen Green and Sekinat Adeniyi (Bola)

📷 Click to see all July Purfleet photos here.

“Every walk we took part in had something new to offer. The world around you just opens up.” Melvin Ndebele

Grays

Theme: Spring Clean/ Belonging & Aspiration

In Grays we followed a very popular taste trail visiting local food outlets to learn about the proprietors and their cuisine, from all corners of the globe.  After starting at the Thameside Theatre we visited the New Delhi restaurant before trying Laredos Grill, Nagawa’s Japanese, Tasty African and Lulu’s Cakes.

Following our Grays walk last year, local people told us they wanted a way to link the high street and the foreshore together, connecting the community, and involving more people in the activities. Sarah and Lisa, a local and Kinetika artist, set off on a mission to create flags with 20 community groups and businesses to celebrate how they belong to Grays and to invite them to take part in a flag parade to Grays beach in July.

Thanks to June walk contributors Hi Ching, Lesley Robinson, Stephen Green, Gemma Ager and Murray James.

📷 Click to see all T100 June photos here.

Walk leader Hi Ching and two people holding lots of brown paper lunch bags smile for the camera
Plates of small cakes
A tray of Indian appetizers is offered for tasting
The walking tour arrives at a local restaurant
A woman chooses from a tray of Indian snacks
Lemon and orange iced water in carafes ready for serving
Crocheted postbox cover with small figures of doctors and nurses on top
Walk leader Hi Ching ascends the Yacht Club stairs surrounded by flags
Murray from Thurrock Yacht club chats to three walkers
The walk ends with a drink on the terrace of Thurrock Yacht Club
Outside view of Thurrock Yacht Club with landed sailing dinghies in the foreground
A festival flag is raised on the flag pole at Thurrock Yacht Club
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T100 Dreaming Grays Taste Trail at Thurrock Yacht Club
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June photos by Mike Johnston

In July the walk began alongside Beach of Dreams walkers in Purfleet-on-Thames, heading to Grays via the mile-long graffiti wall.  On arrival at the Thameside Theatre, members from the flag-making groups joined and talked about where in the town they are based as the tour stopped at places along the route.  We even managed to sample some tasty treats on the way, as we headed along the high street to the river.

And what a welcome at Grays Beach!  Kinetika Bloco and members of Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions (TLS) played some of the music they had created in a workshop that afternoon, and to the delight of the Beach of Dreams walkers, Grays Town Band played ‘500 miles’ courtesy of Hi Ching.  In the park, surrounded by the beautiful new Grays flags, Thameside Theatre and Riverside Community Big Local, who had supported the event and flag project, spoke to everyone about their work and the projects they support.

In keeping with our dreaming theme, all the community groups shared their dreams for the future, and we ended the day with a celebratory Kinetika Bloco & TLS performance on the foreshore, as Thurrock Yacht Club members waved Beach of Dreams pennants from their boats on the river.

Thanks to July walk contributors Hi Ching, Lesley Robinson, Stephen Green, Joan Bullivant, David Ashton, Colin Saunders,  Grays Town Band,  Murray James and members of the Thurrock Yacht Club.

📷 Click to see Grays July photos here.

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A crowd enjoys a performance by Kinetika Bloco on the banks of the Thames surrounded by Beach of Dreams pennants
Ali Pretty speaks at the start of the graffiti wall walk
Lesley Robinson speaks at the start of the graffiti wall walk
Walkers pass the front of the Royal Hotel in Purfleet-on-Thames
A line of walkers carrying small flags follow a narrow path into the distance
Walkers descend a concrete ramp towards the Thames path with the QE2 bridge in the background
The group walks alongside the Thames surrounded by grass verges, heading towards large industrial structures
Lesley Robinson looks at the camera whilst holding silk pennants that illustrate the area
Walkers wave pennant flags whilst looking towards the Thames
Walkers approach along the graffiti wall between a large factory on the left and the Thames river on the right
Lesley Robinson speaks to the group outside St Clements Church
Walkers negotiate an overgrown path to descend to the Thames
Walkers take a break to enjoy the view next to the Thames
Bola and Remi stand against rusty railings and smile at the camera whilst holding flags
A woman stands in front of the flood gate at Grays as a boat passes on the river behind
The walk begins outside Thameside Theatre
Two cosplayers wearing large princess dresses pose with flags depicting Grays groups
The walk visits Laredos grill
Lulu's bakery offers tasty treats to walkers
A flag depicting a business in Grays is stretched out so the pattern is clear
An illustrated flag depicting HMS Windrush is stretched out so the design is clearly visible
Ali Pretty speaks to the group about Beach of Dreams in Grays park
Bola and Remi speak about their group represented on one of the new Grays flags
Grays Town Band play under a gazebo
A circle of people sit on grass to hear from the Riverside Community group
A crowd enjoys a performance by Kinetika Bloco on the banks of the Thames surrounded by Beach of Dreams pennants
A crowd enjoys a performance by Kinetika Bloco on the banks of the Thames surrounded by Beach of Dreams pennants
A crowd enjoys a performance by Kinetika Bloco on the banks of the Thames surrounded by Beach of Dreams pennants
A crowd enjoys a performance by Kinetika Bloco on the banks of the Thames surrounded by Beach of Dreams pennants
A crowd enjoys a performance by Kinetika Bloco on the banks of the Thames surrounded by Beach of Dreams pennants
Kinetika Bloco perfomers play their instruments as they parade away from the performance area
Kinetika Bloco perfomers play their instruments as they parade away from the performance area
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Photos by Mike Johnston

“Grays was just brilliant, walking down the street was really fantastic. The way that Katie got everyone to introduce and talk about their flag in that circle and all those different groups, there’s so much to build on.” Ali Pretty

Tilbury

Theme: Tilbury is the Place for Me/ Pride of Place

Young musicians play samba drums with Kinetika Bloco at Tilbury Fort
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Heavy artillery guns on the boundary wall of Tilbury Fort against a blue sky
Open grassed space inside Tilbury Fort
Heavy artillery guns on cobbles in front of a red brick building at Tilbury Fort
Open grassed space inside Tilbury Fort
Young musicians play samba drums with Kinetika Bloco at Tilbury Fort
Young musicians play samba drums with Kinetika Bloco at Tilbury Fort
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June photos by Mike Johnston

In June we enjoyed a gentle walk around Tilbury Town and over to Tilbury Fort, celebrating the community, reflecting on what used to be and looking towards to the future.

At the end of walk, the historic site of Tilbury Fort provided a peek at rehearsals for the new song to be premiered in July, ‘Tilbury is the Place for Me’. The song was inspired by Lord Kitchener’s 1948 Calypso “London is the Place for Me” sung upon arrival at Tilbury Docks on the Empire Windrush.  It was created with students from Gateway Academy and participants from the local Youth Services, in partnership with English Heritage, Kinetika Bloco and award-winning, Trinidad-born musician, Anthony Joseph.  Hearing the energetic rehearsal in June really set the standard for what to expect in July and we were not disappointed!

Thanks to June walk volunteers Winnie Nyamu, Melvin Ndebele, Les Morgan, Teresa Beadle and Pauline Lacey.

📷 Click to see all T100 June photos here.

On the last day of the festival, a cheerful group of walkers from Beach of Dreams joined T100 on our route out of Tilbury towards the Thames. At Tilbury Fort, old friends and new gathered to welcome all the walkers as they arrived together for the last steps of their respective journeys, walking through hundreds of Beach of Dreams pennants as they entered.

Giant puppets waved them in at the entrance, the Tilbury docker and two Windrush Children, then there were fun workshops in puppetry, flag movement and crafts as well as displays about Windrush, Tilbury Riverside Project and Singing Our Lives.

📷 Click to see all Tilbury finale photos here.

Les Morgan speaks on a microphone to introduce the performance of Tilbury is the Place for Me
Les Morgan leads a group pf people carrying flags away from a set of concrete steps
Kevin Rushby, Ali Pretty and John Offord enter Tilbury fort at the end of a five hundred mile walk accompanied by Les Morgan
A large puppet representing a Tilbury dock worker greets walkers arriving at Tilbury Fort
Wide shot of Tilbury Fort interior as a stream of walkers arrives through the Beach of Dreams flag installation
Smiling people walk through the Beach of Dreams flag installation at Tilbury fort
Jo Beal and Lisa Meehan smile and wave as they walk though the Beach of Dreams flag installation at Tilbury Fort
A large puppet of a boy in an HMS Windrush sailor outfit greets walkers arriving at Tilbury Fort
Melvin waves a flag as he walks through the Beach of Dreams flag display at Tilbury Fort
Two huge puppets stand facing the viewer, representing a Windrush girl and a Tilbury docker
The final flag, number five hundred, is placed in the Beach of Dreams installation by Ali Pretty as Les Morgan, John Offord and Kevin Rushby smile
Hundreds of silk pennants decorate the undulating grass interior of Tilbury Fort in the Beach of Dreams flag installation
Members of Kinetika Bloco wave flags in celebration with Ali Pretty
Les Morgan and Katie Beadle share a smile
Claude and Leon from Kinetika Bloco celebrate with Ali Pretty
Song lyrics for Tilbury is the Place for Me are taped to a microphone stand
Les Morgan speaks on a microphone to introduce the performance of Tilbury is the Place for Me
Very wide shot of Tilbury Fort interior showing Kinetika bloco preparing to play for the gathered crowd
Two dancers wearing striped black and yellow outfits perform in front of the Kinetika Bloco band
A Kinetika Bloco dancer jumps in the air while the audience waves flags behind them
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
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Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
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Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
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Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
Tilbury grand finale of T100 and Beach of Dreams
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July photos by Mike Johnston

The real highlight was hearing the premiere performance of ‘Tilbury is the Place for Me’ by local students and Kinetika Bloco.  The song featured lyrics about how these young people feel about living in Tilbury and was part of an incredible project celebrating this rich, historic, and diverse place.  We’re excited to see how this develops into the future working with all the partners and participants. Read more about ‘Tilbury is the Place for Me’.

T100 Festival is proud to have developed the walking, talking and making model in Thurrock, and together with expanded projects like Beach of Dreams, we have succeeded in bringing hundreds of people together, exploring shared connections to place, despite the pandemic.  A heartfelt thank you to all who contributed to the activities this year, it was fantastic celebrating the achievements of both projects on the final day at the Fort, and we’re excited to look forward to future developments.

Thanks

Thanks to July walk and finale volunteers: Annie O’Brian, Mike Ostler, Yolande Simmons, Alexandria Merchant, Roxanne Carney, Alexandra Godfree, Margaret Hall, Lesley Robinson, Stephen Green, Winnie Nyamu, Melvin Ndebele, Teresa Beadle, Pauline Lacey and Roberta Fontaine.

Thanks to ‘Tilbury is the Place for Me’ funders and partners: English Heritage, Tilbury Fort, Tilbury on the Thames Trust, Tilbury Cruise Terminal, Port of Tilbury, Gateway Academy, Kinetika Bloco, Anthony Joseph and the local Tilbury musicians.

Tilbury is the Place for Me is part of Shout Out Loud, English Heritage’s national youth engagement programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Kick the Dust programme.

Thanks to Port of Tilbury and Tilbury on the Thames Trust for funding the large puppets at the finale.

“These are the kinds of things that really stand out for young people…if you feel good about where you come from, you feel good about yourself.”
Shayanna Harris, Kinetika Bloco

Get involved!

The festival takes all year to organise and in preparation for its evolution into an independent non-profit in 2023,  localised creative hubs are being established in Purfleet-on-Thames, Stanford-le-Hope, Ockendon, Langdon Hills, Tilbury, East Tilbury and Grays.  Individuals or organisations can take part and are given the opportunity to input into walks and creative activity at future events.

It’s a fun way to connect with others in the community, to find out more please contact Katie Beadle at hello@t100festival.co.uk.

People sit in a circle on the grass at High House Production Park surrounded by flags

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