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The Feast - in the Lache

Funded on Spacehive 29 June 2022 Delivered 27 May 2023

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The Feast - in the Lache

The Feast - in the Lache

The Hamilton Project By The Hamilton Project

Artist Lowri Evans, communities on the Lache & The Larder, Lache’s social supermarket are joining forces to embark on a journey to create a large-scale theatrical communal dining experience

Chester Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 29 Jun 2022!

The Feast: After the success of The Dinner Party - an online party in lockdown with free Dinner Party kits & online entertainment, in partnership with The Larder - comes The Feast. The Feast will be will be a community event made in Lache, for the Lache. Everyone will be invited as we have a street party on the Lache to celebrate Lache’s unique past, present and future. It will be a chance to hear untold stories, celebrate local people & bring the community together. We want gardeners, makers, performers, cooks, hosts, artists, volunteers. Young or old, no experience necessary. Along the way there’ll be chances to learn new skills, get to know other people & make a day to remember. Communities have visited RHS Bridgewater for gardening inspiration, attended a cooking masterclass to think about the menu, & a behind the scenes tour with The Storyhouse to think about setting the scene. The project will be lead by artist Lowri Evans, and will be part of Chester Contemporary.

What we'll deliver:

  • 7 x gardening sessions for the community - including groups and for schools
  • A new gardening space for The Larder
  • 7 x cooking sessions for the community - learning from each other and from local chef Brian Mellor
  • 7 x Theatrical and creative sessions for the community and local youth theatre groups and schools
  • 5 x Creative reminiscent sessions - exploring history of community events, parading, carnivals and recipes on the Lache
  • Creation of a Feast recipe book (1000) - featuring locally mined recipes and documenting life on the Lache.
  • Photography documentation of the process and the event
  • Video documentation of the process and the event
  • Creative installations on the day of the Feast (props, site dressing, table dressing)
  • A large scale community feast - the food and drink, performances and a round table

Why it's a great idea:

Our research identified that people on the Lache felt that culture in the city centre was not ‘for them’, therefore, we wanted to bring the spotlight to the Lache & highlight its special sense of community. It is important to work with partners such as the Larder, a local resource with high demand & lack of resources to support their development & activities. The project will benefit the Lache ward ranked in the top 2% most deprived in England and CW&C ranks amongst the worst 10% of local authorities for youth social mobility. Benefits: The Larder & the Community Centre - supporting new skills, encouraging new volunteers & providing resources. Older people groups - with activities that provide an opportunity to get out, reminisce, socialise & learn new skills. Young people - improving aspirations & new skills to help with social mobility & learn from older people in their community Families - an opportunity for families to learn skills together & raise aspirations

Steps to get it done:

  • Funding Confirmed
  • Project initiation meeting with Lowri Evans and community partners
  • Design and conduct evaluation
  • Advertise involvement opportunities
  • Brief and commission workshop creative practitioners (theatre, performance and prop and installation design)
  • Brief and commission cooking and gardening workshops
  • Brief and commission photographer and videographer
  • Reminisce and memory sessions in the community (gathering memories, photo’s and recipes)
  • Brief local schools
  • Start workshops
  • Schools programme start
  • Start growing locally
  • Monthly sessions - bringing everyone together
  • Detailed event plan including RAMS
  • Conversation with bus service providers - start plan for alternative routes (if required)
  • Ensure any relevant road closures are in place (if required)
  • Complete TENS
  • Marketing event - social media, leaflets, posters
  • Press release distributed
  • Rehearsals
  • Harvest food - source other food through Larder and waste food
  • Prep for cooking
  • Event LIVE
  • Design recipe book (including images from event, recipes for sessions and old photos)
  • Print recipe book
  • Distribute recipe book (proceeds to Larder)
  • Gather and write final evaluation report


Location Chester

About the space

Outside the Larder and in the Larder garden


Cheshire West and Chester Council

How will the money be spent?Total £23,995

Workshop Practitioners x 3 - £6,300 (26%)
Workshop materials (creative, gardening and cooking) - £3,450 (14%)
Table - £2,423 (10%)
Event materials - £2,000 (8%)
Venue Hire - £1,500 (6%)
Design of recipe book - £1,500 (6%)
Venue hire - £1,500 (6%)
Food and drink for the Feast event - £1,000 (4%)
Photographer - £1,000 (4%)
Print of recipe book - £860 (4%)
Other - £2,462 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Workshop Practitioners x 3
Workshop materials (creative, gardening and cooking)
Event materials
Venue Hire
Design of recipe book
Venue hire
Food and drink for the Feast event
Print of recipe book
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Travel
  • Videographer
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • More prints of recipe book
  • A follow up event in the community

Total £23,995

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