Last Saturday saw thousands of you gather in Chalkwell Park in order to enjoy the 10 hours of entertainment that was on offer across 11 stages of music, literature, cabaret, dance, theatre and film.
We were excited to be attending the festival once again alongside Cycle Southend, where we were on hand to help people have fun and travel more sustainably.
Our free obstacle course was very popular with younger children and remained busy all day! Children could be seen: weaving bikes through tightly positioned poles, riding over very narrow ramps, walking on big foam feet, hopping in and out of tires, and ducking under sheets to finish with the hoola hoops. The obstacle course aimed to promote sustainable transport, specifically cycling and walking, through the use of the bikes and big foam feet. It was also a great chance for children to improve their balance whilst on the bike, which will come in handy for when they choose to ride on the road.
Writing workshops held aboard our onsite First Essex bus were great in getting people to express themselves, and especially great for those who have always liked the idea of writing poetry and fiction but never had the confidence to take it up. The poetry workshops in particular were very popular- and focused on the theme of journeys. The outcomes were so great that we’ve decided to include an example of one below:
Slow and silent, shuffle to the slick white bolt,
Wait petulantly to press the button, inside revolt
at another grey journey. On, in, out of the rain,
take the sticky seat by the scuffed table again.
There’s a new woman on here who doesn’t know the rules.
She refuses to slump and shift her eyes. Her tools:
loud voice, an open face, and tiny little dog.
Nudging people out of their apathy, grinning & wry
she nabs them for a chat as they shuffle by
embarrassed. She’ll never get them onside.
But unlike the rest of us, at least she tried.
We were also very pleased with how much attention our flashmobs received, especially on social media. We had two flashmobs, both performed by students from Shoeburyness High School, with one being performed vocally and the other being performed as a dance. The vocal flashmob was particularly great at promoting the use of sustainable transport since it was performed on a bus. Village Green itself was also very popular on social media, with the hashtags #villagegreen and #villagegreen15 being used by hundreds of you on Twitter.
All in all Village Green 2015 was a great day out for the family, with lovely weather to top it off. We especially enjoyed seeing how many of you came into our marquee and aboard our tour bus to learn more about sustainable transport. If there is still more you would like information about have a look around the website or email us.