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Celebrating Todmorden – Ferney Lee Primary School

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term.  This year each workshop has resulted in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which celebrate Todmorden and promote it to people living in, and outside of, the town. Read more about this year’s theme here.  Our final workshop this year was at Ferney Lee Primary School.  Last, but most definitely not least, here are the posters from the pupils at Ferney Lee.  As well as advertising places to go, the pupils also wanted to share something about the spirit of the town, and issues that matter to them.

 

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Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

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Celebrating Todmorden – Castle Hill Primary School

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term.  This year each workshop will result in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which will celebrate Todmorden in the local area and promote it to people living outside the town. Read more about this year’s theme here.  These are the posters created by the talented pupils at Castle Hill Primary .

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Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

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Celebrating Todmorden – Shade Primary School

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term.  This year each workshop will result in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which will celebrate Todmorden in the local area and promote it to people living outside the town. Read more about this year’s theme hereShade Primary School had a selection of pupils from across the year groups taking part and these are the posters they created. Another fantastic set!

 

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Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

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Celebrating Todmorden – Walsden St Peters Primary School

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term.  This year each workshop will result in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which will celebrate Todmorden in the local area and promote it to people living outside the town. Read more about this year’s theme here.  These are the posters created by the youngest group to take part so far, Elizabeth Dawber’s very talented Year 3 class from Walsden St Peters CE (VC) Primary School.

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“As the children were building new skills they were also developing in confidence and self -belief throughout the session.” Class teacher.

“We have shared the children’s work during our Friday whole school celebration assembly.  The children were very proud to show off their masterpieces and were confident to discuss how and why they created the posters.” Class teacher.

“Cath made me feel confident when I couldn’t do the collaging.  She helped me and I actually did it!” Pupil

 

 

 

 

 

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Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

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Celebrating Todmorden – Todmorden Junior School

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term. This year each workshop will result in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which will celebrate Todmorden in the local area and promote it to people living outside the town. Read more about this year’s theme here.  These are the posters created by the talented pupils at Todmorden CE J, I & N School

“There was some new terminology and different techniques the children hadn’t come across before, but you could really see the development of skills and vocabulary throughout the day. The children were fascinated by the inspiration from the posters, and it was lovely to be celebrating the local area.” Class teacher.

“I liked working as a team. It was nice to collaborate with others.” Pupil

 

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Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

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Celebrating Todmorden – St Joseph’s

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term.  We are grateful for their support again this year, which will allow artist Cath Ford to run a full day workshop at each school. Celebrating Todmorden will explore and communicate the unique characteristics, heritage, communities and geography of Todmorden.

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Each workshop will result in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which will celebrate Todmorden in the local area and promote it to people living outside the town.

As each workshop takes place we will share the posters on this blog.  First up are St Joseph’s RC Primary School. We think Mr Sutcliffe’s pupils came up with some beautiful posters. We would like to see the posters the schools create shared far and wide, so that the pupils can see their hard work, and the places that are important to them, being appreciated by the wider community.

Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

“Both children and staff enjoyed the day and both learned some new skills.” Class teacher

“I didn’t know we could make art so good.” Pupil

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The Power of Song

Truce Choir Leader, Janet Swan, reflects on her experiences of the project and working with the choir for their performances at The Rhyme of No Man’s Land and Christmas Truce at ASFC:

truce logo bwIn the summer of 2014 my good friend Iain Broadley asked me to be part of a project that I knew he had been working on and which Mid Pennine Arts had raised funds for. I was thrilled to be asked to lead the singing side of the project. I had sung as part of the Roses and Thorns choir in 2005 in a concert called “Kirstbestand” (Flemish for Christmas Truce) with the acapella trio Coope, Boyes and Simpson. That had been a defining moment for me – in being part of a group of singers that had the power to move, and even change people.

Now I had the opportunity to create something with Iain and other artists and to get more local people involved in learning about the Christmas Truces of 1914. It was also to be a chance to use my skills as a natural voice practitioner – to give the possibility of singing in this choir, to those who don’t read music or don’t consider themselves as singers even.

When Iain had to step back from the project because of illness, I was determined to do justice to his vision and to give it my best. Thus began several months of incredibly hard but very rewarding work, putting together the two concerts in Accrington, getting permissions for songs, learning then teaching the songs, communicating with singers and adding audio files to “the box” – the shared space where those with access to the internet could learn their parts without the need to read music.

My reward for being in this project was the privilege which came from working with all the Mid Pennine Arts’ staff, especially Cath Ford. But also working together with heritage performer John Meredith and Gill Brailey of the county’s Heritage Learning Team which lead to the successful weaving of words and songs around each other to create the magic that was The Rhyme of No Man’s Land.

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What has been the most amazing thing for me was discovering how committed people were to this choir and this project, and how much work they were prepared to put into learning the songs. For that I want to say a really big THANK YOU to the 70 + singers involved. Thanks also go to Ian Enticott, the vicar at St James Church, Accrington, who let us use that very beautiful acoustic space and to Rob Houseman, Director at Accrington Stanley Football Club for his support of the Christmas Truce event happening around and during their important match on 20 December.

To all of you: thank you. We did it together and, as the comments from the audience and participants (The Rhyme of No Man’s Land) testify, we created something really special:

“It was really really good. The choir were great: lovely singing and a good balance, and the music chosen was a really good mix, including the Urdu song which sounded super. Dad was particularly taken with the Sgt but enjoyed the whole event, I am never sure what he thinks of some of the things we go to, but this was a real hit!”

“It was one of the best experiences of my life and one I will treasure. There was such an atmosphere of camaraderie amongst all participants and the audience that somehow reflected the spirit of peace, comradeship and shared humanity that the British and German soldiers demonstrated in such a wonderful and humbling way that Christmas of 1914. My paternal grandfather, who was Scottish, fought in the 1914 war, though fortunately he was not injured. So, like many others taking part, I felt a special bond with the Truce Project.”

“Great performances by all concerned: musical, moving, and the ‘trench humour’ came over too…. Thanks, for a memorable night out.”

“I thought it was absolutely fantastic, especially the choir (the harmonies were lovely) and the actor playing the sergeant who was a great anchor throughout.  I also thought the food parcels were a brilliant idea and if the people around me were anything to go by we all swapped and chatted to strangers!”

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Truce choir at The Rhyme of No Man’s Land

As several of these comments show and as we all observed – the audience loved it and were engaged throughout, probably because of the power of the performers who were giving it their all. There was no shuffling, yawning or other signs of people falling asleep, and even better there were people who were moved and maybe even changed.

Visit the Truce website for more information.

Truce was funded by: Heritage Lottery Fund, Lancashire County Council Arts Development Team, Granada Foundation & Hyndburn Homes.  It was also supported by Accrington Stanley FC and BBC Radio Lancashire (Up for Arts).