The winners of the BigLocal DY10 Photographic competition were announced at an award evening in St Ambrose Parish Hall. To see all the pictures click here. 'The Spirit of the Area' competition was the culmination of activities which began last summer with workshops conducted in the Big Local area of Horsefair, Broadwaters and Greenhill.
Local residents of all ages were encouraged to 'Capture the Spirit' of these truly diverse neighbourhoods through the camera lens.
At the workshops, in St George's annex and Springfield Park, Toni Charles & Corina Harper, both talented photographers/artists, were on hand to help people get used to using cameras and share some hints and tips on taking great pictures. Funding for this project was through The Big Local initiative which provides lottery funding to help local residents improve the areas in which they reside and make them a better place to live.
The standard of entries for the competition was very high, with many of the photographs reflecting the natural beauty of the area. From the many submissions a short-list of 10 photos were selected from: Sophie Shaw, Samantha Roberts, Aya Moraity-Dorell, Jim Willimott, Joshua French, Kian Shaw, Amelia Tillot, Mia Evans, George Simpson & Shelia Hobson.
The successful photographers ranged in age from 5 years to 70 years old! and in subject from a stormy sky to an ice-cream van; from a canal barge to the Horsefair horse. Over the last couple of months these short-listed entries have been on exhibition in various locations throughout Wyre Forest to demonstrate the variety of both talent and subject-matter to be found in the Big Local DY10 area.
The Big Local Steering Group invited all the finalists and their guests to a presentation evening at St Ambrose's Parish Hall and there, the winners of the three categories were announced. The special guest for the evening was Eileen Stead, the Business and Enterprise Manager at King Charles 1 School and she presented each finalist with a mounted 16 x 12 vinyl block print of their prize-winning entry. In addition, the winner in each category received a digital camera.
The winners were:
The exhibition of the finalist’s photographs will continue its tour of various Public buildings in Wyre Forest and can be viewed here
The visit of the Youth Bus was a great success. For more details and photos from the day please vistit the'So Far....' page where you will also find a summary of the other activities the Big Local DY10 has been involved with.
Big Local DY10 has organised free half term fun activities provided by the Worcestershire County Council run ‘Youth Bus’ in the Horsefair and Broadwaters areas on Tuesday 28th May. The bus is equipped with computer games and music and is suitable for young people aged 10-17 years.
The bus will stop in 2 places during the day. First it will be in Upton Road 12:00pm until 2:50pm and will then move to St. George’s Social Club Car park 3:10pm until 6:00pm.
Whilst young people are enjoying the games, music and free refreshments on board the bus they will also have the opportunity to share their ideas on how they think £1million could be used to improve the area. They will also be able to meet workers from Kidderminster Youth House find out what activities they provide.
Could you take a picture that captures the 'Spirit' of the Big Local DY10 area?
The Big Local DY10 Community Photo Competition has been launched! You don't need fancy equipment or lots of experience just an idea on what type of image would capture the 'spirit' of the Big Local area .
Entries are welcome from all ages and photographs will be judged in 3 categories (under 11, 11-17 and 18+). Photographs can be taken with any type of camera (including camera phones) and 15 shortlisted photographs will be printed onto canvas to form an exhibition which will be widely displayed.
One winner from each category will each receive a digital camera as a prize. To launch the competition we have organised 2 community photographic workshop for:
They will be held at St. George's Church Annex, Radford Avenue, Kidderminster. Toni & Corina (both talented photographers/artists) will be on hand to help people get used to using cameras, share some hints and tips on talking great pictures and get to know the Big Local area a bit better. If you live, work or volunteer in the Big Local areas why not come along? If you are interested in attending please get in touch.
In addition to this there will be a series of workshops, delivered by Soemones Art, within the Primary Schools within the Big Local area.
For full terms and conditions and details on how to enter please visit the website or email email@example.com
Please tell your friends, neighbours and family. Good Luck!
The Big Local DY10 Photo Competition has been launched! You don't need fancy equipment or lots of experience just an idea on what type of image would capture the 'spirit' of the Big Local area Entries are welcome from all ages and photographs will be judged in 3 categories (under 11, 11-17 and 18+). Photographs can be taken with any type of camera (including camera phones).15 photographs will be shortlisted and printed onto canvas to form a photo exhibition which will be displayed around the area. 1 winner from each category will each receive a digital camera as a prize!
In addition to this we will be holding a series of workshops in the 4 primary schools within the Big Local area to encourage young people to get involved with the project and will be holding 2 community photographic workshops so that people can get used to using cameras, learn some hints and tips on talking great pictures and get to know the Big Local area a bit better.
For full terms and conditions of the competition please click here. For more details on how to enter or to upload your photographs please visit the Photo Competition page
You will find the Big Local DY10 project at this community fun day on Saturday. The event, organised by the Friends of St. George's Park, will feature a Viking re-enactment group, motorbike, trike & scooter display and table top sale alongside the usual attractions of FREE bouncy castle and FREE face painting. Please look out for the volunteers on our stall who will be promoting ways that people can get involved with the project, launching our Big Local DY10 Photographic Competition.
Our team of volunteer community researchers will be out and about on site to find out what local people like about our area and their ideas on how to make it an even better place to live.
See you there!
The Big Local DY10 project is committed to finding out the views and opinions of all sections of our community. So that we can begin to understand what local teenagers like about the area and how they could see our area changing over the next 10 years we have arranged for the Worcestershire County Council 'Youth Bus' to visit our area on Tuesday 28th May.
The bus, equipped with interactive activities, music and games consoles will provide free fun activities for 10-17 year olds. Free refreshments will be provided and whilst young people are enjoying the activities youth workers will find out what they think of the area and how they think the £1million could be used to improve it.
Volunteers working with the Big Local DY10 initiative were the guests of St. Ambrose Lunch Club on Sunday March 24th. They completed questionnaires with the diners, collecting their suggestions and ideas on how £1m Big Lottery funding could be best spent to improve facilities and make a long term difference in the local community.
Our area, covering Broadwaters, Horsefair and Greenhill has been chosen as one of 150 areas around England to receive at least £1m in the resident-led initiative, with people who live in the area having their say and directing how to make a positive and lasting difference to their own communities. The current period is a time of consultation with residents through a variety of activities to engage with as many diverse groups as possible, collecting and collating the widest possible views of how the improvements can be achieved to benefit all. It’s about bringing together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.
The opportunity to actually have their views recorded and have input in such an important project was welcomed enthusiastically by the St Ambrose diners and the questionnaires provoked much positive discussion.
Aiden Tagg, who started organising the St Ambrose Lunch Club for parishioners a year ago, said. 'The Big local is, indeed, a truly exciting thing to happen to the area. At such a time of economic malaise, this fund will make a lasting difference.'
In return for being able to canvass the diners, the Big Local DY10 made a donation to the Lunch Club funds and also ran a raffle to raise extra money to help subsidise the lunches which regularly feed and provide companionship 70 to 80 people.
For an opportunity to complete the questions click here
Elderly residents from the Broadwaters community got more than just a hearty meal and good company at their new Sunday Lunch Club held at St Oswald's Primary School on March 17th courtesy of the Broadwaters Residents Action Group (BRAG). They also had the opportunity to put forward their views and ideas on how their community will benefit from the investment of at least £1million of Big Lottery money which has been allocated to the area.
This initial lunch was run by volunteers and funded by the BIG Local DY10 project to raise awareness of this innovative resident led project that will direct the investment of at least £1million in the area to make it a better place to live. At the Lunch Club residents could find out how they can get involved and were able to give their opinions on how they think the money could be used to make a positive and lasting difference to the area. BRAG intends to build on this success and make the Community Lunch a regular monthly event.
BRAG Chair, Mrs Sarah Rook said, 'We welcome the opportunity to give our community the chance to have a say in how the £1million is used along with providing a much needed service to those residents who are elderly and, or alone and offer them a meal and company in a friendly environment. We are delighted with the turnout today and expect the numbers to increase quickly as word spreads.' She added, 'We propose to eventually be offering the lunch to between 40 and 50 people. We won't exclude those elderly local residents who have children in their care, the Community Sunday Lunch will be offered to the whole family in those cases.'
The next Sunday Lunch is on Sunday 21st April, 12.30 p.m. At St Oswald's Primary School. Places must be booked in advance with the payment of just £1 to secure your seat. Additional voluntary contributions may be made on the day. For further information please call Sarah Rook on 01562 720135 or visit: www.broadwatersresidentactiongroup.weebly.com
Big Local is about people
Local people will help invest £1Million to make our area a better place to live now and in the future
Where is the Big Local DY10 area?
The Big Local DY10 area covers most of the Broadwaters & Greenhill wards of Kidderminster. For a full map of the area click here.
There are many differerent ways you can get involved - click here to find out more.