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Free drop in families puppet making session – 29th October

Free drop in families puppet making session (Ages 5 upwards) – The Unremembered Project

Workshop takes place at Onca at The Barge in Brighton Marina on Monday 29th October 1.45-4.15pm.

We’ll be exploring the theme of The Unremembered in World War I in a child friendly way. Come join us!

Ages 5 +).

See more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/543378459421029/

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is delivering free families workshops in October and November 2018 in venues across Brighton and Hove to look at the theme of The Unremembered – commemorating the Labour Corps service personnel in World War I.

With support from creative facilitators, we’ll be creating articulated puppets on templates designed, created and compiled by children.

We will be using fabric scraps, wrapping paper and wall paper to create overlaid uniforms for these puppets and to bring them to life.

marionetteA sample of the articulate puppets we’ll be making in our workshop, popular during World War One. We’ll be making simplified and much less militaristic versions of the image.

The puppet theme for this project is two-fold – An engaging and accessible way to teach young people and community groups who are unaware of this lost period of history about the Labour Corps, and also puppets as a symbol for the role of the Labour Corps in terms of having no control over their work or location, that they were moved around like mules and treated as such.

This will help to remember some of the soldiers who served with the Labour Corps and their link with Sussex and draw this forgotten history into the light.

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We’re pleased to have been commissioned to become a hub in Brighton and Hove by the Big Ideas Company to develop activities with local community groups to explore the history of the Labour Corps – service personnel during World War I, and often forgotten in this part of history.

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The Unremembered – Labour Corps in Sussex in WWI lunchtime talk

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Nicola Benge, Creative Director of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will give a free talk on the topic of Labour Corps (Service Personnel) in Sussex during WWI to commemorate this forgotten contribution during the Great War. More project information here

This is a lunchtime talk, so feel free to bring a packed lunch to munch on whilst the talk takes place. Coffee and tea will be available for donations.

Book your free place here

Monday 19th November 2-4pm – FREE

Who were the Labour Corps?:

The Labour Corps supplied the army with weapons and ammunition, food and fodder, water and fuel. They built and maintained roads and railways. They were essential to the war effort.

British and Allied Forces struggled to cope with the demand for manpower after the huge losses of men during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. From January 1917, manpower was drawn from the UK, China, India, South Africa, Egypt, Canada, the Caribbean and many other places within the British Empire.

Tens of thousands travelled thousands of miles to defend freedom and although they rarely saw service in the frontline, many died or were seriously injured. Today their contributions and sacrifice are all but forgotten. They are The Unremembered.

The aim is to raise the profile of the Labour Corps and share this learning with community groups.

Project Details:

We’re pleased to have been commissioned to become a hub in Brighton and Hove by the Big Ideas Company to develop activities with local community groups to explore the history of the Labour Corps – service personnel during World War I, and often forgotten in this part of history.

The Unremembered project background:

This project is about the Labour Corps – Service Personnel in the British Army who have been forgotten and aren’t often commemorated. The aim is to raise the profile of the Labour Corps and share this learning with community groups and draw this forgotten history into the light.

 

 

 

 

 

Image: Collection of John Sheen author of histories of the Northumberland Fusiliers and Durham Light Infantry.

 The Labour Corps supplied the army with weapons and ammunition, food and fodder, water and fuel. They built and maintained roads and railways. They were essential to the war effort.

British and Allied Forces struggled to cope with the demand for manpower after the huge losses of men during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. From January 1917, manpower was drawn from the UK, China, India, South Africa, Egypt, Canada, the Caribbean and many other places within the British Empire.

Tens of thousands travelled thousands of miles to defend freedom and although they rarely saw service in the frontline, many died or were seriously injured. Today their contributions and sacrifice are all but forgotten. They are The Unremembered.

 

Wild at Heart project

We have received  funding from The Homity Trust towards a new project called ‘Wild at Heart’. This project is a partnership between Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, the Low Carbon Trust based at Brighton’s Earthship, and the Restorative Justice Department of Children’s Services, in Brighton & Hove City Council.

Our project will deliver a series of planned activities to take place at the Earthship based in Stanmer Park Brighton (The Earthship  was built as a community centre for use by Stanmer Organics, a Soil Association accredited site in Brighton) to deliver training and skills around the environment and local plant life and planting with a group of dedicated young probationers with community service hours to invest in supported learning.

The participants will engage with activities with various groups based at Stammer Organics (next to the Earthship) including the Permaculture Association Plot and Green Woodworking.

With this project, Strike a Light plans to support the community to:

  • Transform a local area
  • Create ownership for service users and the local community
  • Improve local community relations
  • Revitalise the area
  • Pass on creative skills and education
  • Encourage environmental awareness

Between January  and April 2018, this will involve the delivery of a mosaic mural to be situated on the front of the Earthship which will be designed and created through training and workshops with probationers, Probation staff, Low Carbon Trust members, and volunteers. The mosaic would showcase local flora and fauna and be the first sight as visitors enter the Earthship area in Stanmer Park.

We will run 12 weekly sessions at the venue in the park to support this restorative justice, as well as self-managed learning with the young people attending the activities.

We will provide guidance and support for both the Restorative Justice Team, and the participants to learn about local flora and fauna, offer ornithological talks by the South Downs National Park Authority, (also based at Stanmer Park), increase understanding of the heritage of the area, explore the principles of permaculture, and create a beautiful mural which will remain in the location as a testament to this project, and be enjoyed by all visitors to the area into the future.

A key tranche of this scheme will be training ten young offenders, as well as Children’s Service coordinators and Low Carbon Trust Directors and volunteers to learn about the medium of mosaic with the end result being a the participatory creation and installation of community focussed bespoke mosaic mural. This will be sited on the font of the Earthship building on a long term basis to promote sustainable ideals and environmental awareness, including the venue being part of the South Downs National Park.

These activity and learning sessions sessions will be facilitated by a creative practitioner and supported by the Restorative Justice Team who would be responsible for the subsequent health and safety and supervising behaviour.

The participants’ ages range from 10 – 18 years old, with the majority of these being between 13-18 years old. The young offenders are a mix of male and female, however the client base is predominately male. All of the young people live in the Brighton and Hove area and in a mix of in school, college, some form of education, employment or NEET (not in education, employment or training). They include looked after children, as well as those living with parents.

This venue was the first Earthship to be built in England. Earthship Brighton is an off-grid building that heats, cools, powers itself from the sunharvests its water from the sky and treats its wastewater onsite using plants. The venue’s focus has been spreading a positive message of climate change education and helping people to modify their behaviour to live with a lighter carbon footprint through the training and events it offers.

The aims of the Earthship Brighton since it was built 20 years ago, has been deliver a sustainable community centre in response to a genuine local need, change values in the construction industry and inspire positive action in individuals to generate environmental change through modifying people’s behaviour to less carbon intensive lifestyles. This resonates soundly with our project aims to engage with disaffected young people and support their understanding for community involvement and development to the point where they are engaged in a way that means they would be less likely to re-offend.

This project offers a new opportunity for engagement, lifelong learning and enjoyment, whilst offering participants, volunteers and staff the facility to support youth involvement and gain relevant sills themselves. This project will also allow volunteers to contribute their own ideas to the project in the form of the final mural design.

Outcomes from this project will be:

  • The youth offending community to feel a proud sense of ownership within their locality
  • Improving lock spaces that require renovation
  • Creating a locally based project combining creative arts and environmental themes.
  • A new bespoke mosaic mural supporting a colourful, safe community spaces

Indian Soldiers in Brighton & Hove in WWI talk- Shoreham Wordfest

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This evening!

An event to celebrate Black History Month

Presented by Creative Director of Strike a Light- Arts & Heritage Nicola Benge about the period of history around Indian Soldiers at Brighton Pavilion in WWI and also in conversation with author and teacher Umi Sinha, who will read and discuss extracts from her novel, ‘Belonging’.

This will be followed by a live Q+A with speakers.

Approximately 1.3 million Indian soldiers served in World War One, and over 74,000 of them lost their lives, but history has mostly forgotten these sacrifices.

This hour-long illustrated talk (from both fact and fiction perspectives) explores how the presence of Indian Soldiers hospitalised at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton between 1915- 1916 impacted on the city and the soldiers themselves during the First World War and beyond.

Monday 8th October 7.30pm at Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham.

Tickets available for £6: https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/events/indian-soldiers-in-ww1-nicola-benge/

This event is part of Shoreham Wordfest

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Strike a Light Indian Soldiers in WWI talk – 8th October

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An event to celebrate Black History Month

Nicola Benge – Creative Director of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will be speaking at Shoreham Wordfest next week about the period of history around Indian Soldiers at Brighton Pavilion in WWI.

This will be an hour long talk with images including a conversation with writer Umi Sinha, followed by a live Q+A.

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Monday 8th October 7.30pm at Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham.

Tickets available for £6: http://www.shorehamwordfest.com/

Presented by Creative Director of Strike a Light- Arts & Heritage – Nicola Benge about the period of history around Indian Soldiers at Brighton Pavilion in WWI and also in conversation with author and teacher Umi Sinha, who will read and discuss extracts from her novel, ‘Belonging’.
Approximately 1.3 million Indian soldiers served in World War One, and over 74,000 of them lost their lives, but history has mostly forgotten these sacrifices.
 
This hour-long illustrated talk (from both fact and fiction perspectives) explores how the presence of Indian Soldiers hospitalised at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton between 1915- 1916 impacted on the city and the soldiers themselves during the First World War and beyond.
 
Find out more about all the great events taking place at Shoreham Wordfest 2018 here: http://www.shorehamwordfest.com/

The Unremembered project

We’re pleased to have been commissioned to become a hub in Brighton and Hove by the Big Ideas Company to develop activities with local community groups to explore the history of the Labour Corps – service personnel during World War I, and often forgotten in this part of history.

The Unremembered project background:

This project is about the Labour Corps – Service Personnel in the British Army who have essentially been pretty forgotten and aren’t really commemorated anywhere. The aim is to raise the profile of the Labour Corps and share this learning with community groups.

Who were the Labour Corps?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: Collection of John Sheen author of histories of the Northumberland Fusiliers and Durham Light Infantry.

 The Labour Corps supplied the army with weapons and ammunition, food and fodder, water and fuel. They built and maintained roads and railways. They were essential to the war effort.

British and Allied Forces struggled to cope with the demand for manpower after the huge losses of men during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. From January 1917, manpower was drawn from the UK, China, India, South Africa, Egypt, Canada, the Caribbean and many other places within the British Empire.

Tens of thousands travelled thousands of miles to defend freedom and although they rarely saw service in the frontline, many died or were seriously injured. Today their contributions and sacrifice are all but forgotten. They are The Unremembered.

 Events:

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will deliver workshops in October and November 2018 in Brighton and Hove with ten different groups in ten different venues across Brighton and Hove to look at the theme of The Unremembered and to commemorate the Labour Corps service personnel and their experiences.

We will do this through engaging with freelancers and volunteers to deliver a series of history and resource led activities which focus on the art of making articulated paper puppets (a common past time a centenary ago) with community groups and families.

These puppets will be a mixture of pre-printed on cardboard outline templates which can then be designed, created and compiled by participants and for those with dexterity issues or the very young, pre-designed printed templates which can be assembled with support and displayed.  We will use fabric scraps, wrapping paper and wall paper to create overlaid uniforms for these puppets and to bring them to life.

We will also create activities to create dressing paper dolls, so creating the one dimensional paper dolls through templates which are cut out and then one dimensional clothing made relevant to our theme which can then be folded over the puppet body. These dolls were popular during WWI and were still printed then despite paper shortages.

Both these forms of puppet making are ideal for classroom and community projects because they are made with everyday craft supplies and reused materials.

The puppet theme for this project is two-fold – one that it is an engaging and accessible way to teach young people and community groups who are unaware of this lost period of history about the Labour Corps, and secondly that the puppets can be seen as a metaphor for the role of the Labour Corps in terms of having no control over their work or location, that they were moved around like mules and essentially treated as such too. This will be a way to valorise those men and celebrate their role.

This will help to remember some of the soldiers who served with the Labour Corps and their link with Sussex and draw this forgotten history into the light.

 

 

 

 

 

AfrikaBa festival – tomorrow!

 

 

Strike a Light are delighted to be partnering with AfriKàBa, the Hastings based festival of African and Caribbean heritage, arts and culture.

AfrikaBa takes place tomorrow – 29th September at Stade Hall, Hastings TN34 3DW from 2 – 9pm.

All events FREE!

Afternoon from 2 – 6pm

  • FREE family activities Stade Hall and Classroom on the Coast
  • Musical and singing workshops
  • Storytelling for families
  • Demonstration and tasting of authentic East African cooking at the flagship facility Classroom on the Coast.

Evening 7 -9pm – AfriKaBa at Stade Saturdays 
FREE concert Musa Mboob & Xam Xam
Gambian master percussionist Musa Mboob comes to the Stade Hastings bringing an electrifying fusion of traditional West African rhythms with modern electronic guitars. Come and share in the vibrant music from the smiling coast of Africa. (special guest appearance by Vocal Explosion and Dende)

FREE!

The Stade has level access and disabled toilets.

 

 

 

 

The Unremembered project

20180313_160405.jpgWe participated in a great project recently ‘The Unremembered’ to commemorate the brave sacrifices of the Labour Corps especially those from across the globe – in particular black and minority ethnic soldiers, and their heroic contribution to the war effort.

We worked with the Memories Past group in Portslade to create a wreath to remember the sinking of the SS Mendi (a South African troop ship) in the English Channel near the Isle of Wight in 1917, with the loss of most hands on board, some 600 black Labour Corps soldiers from South Africa.

20180313_151004.jpgOur wreath was a collage and cardboard combination with images from those who’d been serving at the time of the disaster and includes all the names of the men lost at sea, along with detailing in the colours of the South African flag.

One Day Reminiscence Training Course – Brighton

20160210_161315 (1)This one day reminiscence training course based at Strike a Light’s studio in Brighton takes place on Wednesday 20th June 2018 (10am-4pm).

‘Lots of ideas to go away and research – good to meet others and share experiences and ideas. I feel more confident to go away and plan some reminiscence activities. I have more insight into the benefits and what’s involved’. Reminiscence Course participant

It offers an overview of reminiscence work, including the background to the subject and will consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen. We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

By the end of the course, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

The training day will offer a more expanded exploration of reminiscence work. It will include a detailed background to the subject and consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen.

We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

The day will include opportunities for the group to experience reminiscence activities, and group members will be encouraged throughout to contribute their own experience and ideas.

By the end of the training, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

A free training pack with resources for each participant is provided as part of the course.

BENEFITS OF REMINISCENCE

Stimulates social interaction and communication
Reduces the feeling of isolation
Shares and captures family and local history
Increases feeling of self-worth
Helps keep the mind stimulated
Allows participants to reflect on past and present
An enjoyable experience
Builds confidence
Generates community and support

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Share ideas with training group
Use resources, photos and artefacts in reminiscence delivery
Increased confidence in delivery of activities
Group working skills
Awareness of the effects of dementia

Booking:
Complete the One Day Reminiscence Course Booking – Strike a Light 2018 and send payment to attend the course or email: strikealight@rocketmail.com for a copy of the booking form to book the course.

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If you have further queries, call 07727 006538

Course fee: 
£85 (Group/organisation rate – per person) for one day training / £60 individuals

Payment: 
Cheques payable to: Strike a Light and sent to Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU

Bacs Transfer to Strike a Light: The Cooperative Bank – Sort Code: 089299 Account Number: 65447093

Please return completed form to:
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU or email: strikealight@rocketmail.com

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Introduction to Reminiscence – One Day Training Course: 16th May 2018

One Day Reminiscence Training Course – Brighton

This One day training course based at Strike a Light’s studio in Brighton takes place on Wednesday 16th May 2018 (10am-4pm).

It offers an overview of reminiscence work, including the background to the subject and will consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen. We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

By the end of the course, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

The training day will offer a more expanded exploration of reminiscence work. It will include a detailed background to the subject and consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen.

We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

The day will include opportunities for the group to experience reminiscence activities, and group members will be encouraged throughout to contribute their own experience and ideas.

By the end of the training, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

A free training pack with resources for each participant is provided as part of the course.

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BENEFITS OF REMINISCENCE

  • Stimulates social interaction and communication
  • Reduces the feeling of isolation
  • Shares and captures family and local history
  • Increases feeling of self-worth
  • Helps keep the mind stimulated
  • Allows participants to reflect on past and present
  • An enjoyable experience
  • Builds confidence
  • Generates community and support

PARTICIPANT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Share ideas with training group
  • Use resources, photos and artefacts in reminiscence delivery
  • Increased confidence in delivery of activities
  • Group working skills
  • Awareness of the effects of dementia

One day training cost: £85 organisations/£60 Individuals

Complete this booking form and send payment to attend the course: 

One Day Reminiscence Course Booking – Strike a Light 2018 or email: strikealight@rocketmail.com for a copy of the booking form to book the course. 

If you have further queries, call 07727 006538

Course fee:
 
£85 (Group/organisation rate) for one day training / £60 individuals
 
Payment:
Cheques payable to: Strike a Light and sent to Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU
 
Bacs Transfer to Strike a Light: The Cooperative Bank – Sort Code: 089299 Account Number: 65447093
 
Please return completed form to:
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU or email: strikealight@rocketmail.com