Supporting great ideas to make a greener, connected, healthier Cotswolds
Ideas have been brewing and stewing in Lechlade! The nation loves a good cuppa and the Cotswolds features some of the finest tea rooms in the country. Jennie Turner-Maskell, maker & co-founder of Lechlade Craft Barn, plans to build a giant mosaic teapot, to be located in Lechlade on Thames. The project will heavily involve several areas of the community in the build process, as locals are invited to bring along broken treasures - whether a favourite chipped teacup or granny's beads - to incorporate into the towering teapot, and help with construction. Culminating in a public event, with live music, a tea party, tea dance & celebration of all things British. A potential opportunity for the project to feature in a new television series focused on the British, their creativity and eccentricities, will bring promotion to the town. The finished piece will be a fun, colourful, feature in Lechlade, a draw for visitors and a spot for locals to revisit and reflect - and maybe enjoy a cuppa!
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The project will benefit the community, bringing focus on Lechlade as a great place to live and visit. It will provide a much-needed post-lockdown boost with events and activities involving several sectors of the community. Local businesses will benefit from increased tourism created by visitors coming to see the structure and add a further feature to the town's attractions. The project will give opportunity to explore themes around remembrance, community, and the therapeutic benefits of crafting. Bolt-on planned events include arts & crafts sessions with seniors, school children, visitors and community groups; music and dance sessions in preparation for the celebration tea dance (involving Lechlade ladies' Folk & Morris Dancers - Rags & Tatters); making sessions to create decorations for the tea party and more reflective work as described above.
Steps to get it done:
A couple of potential sites for the installation have been identified. Further discussions would need to take place.
About the space
Lechlade on Thames
Cotswold District Council
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