Surrender & Sanctuary Events

Harwich Haven: Surrender & Sanctuary is a heritage lottery funded project, holding a festival of activities to commemorate the centenary of the surrender of over 168 U Boats in 1918, and the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the first Kindertransport in 1938. The programme consists of two themed weekends (17th/18th November and 1st/2nd December) with activities such as exhibitions, themed walks, art sessions and talks.

On Saturday 18th November at 3.30pm a parade of flags representing each of the 168 U-Boats that surrendered off the coast of Harwich in 1918 will be walked through the town and installed on a large willow U-Boat sculpture on the beach. The flags have been created by local people and groups and everyone is invited to take part in this free commemoration event. Join invited visitors and project partners including guests from Germany who have helped research this project and enjoy an afternoon of music and themed food in the Harwich Sailing Club.

As well as the themed weekends, from the 19th November there will be a week exhibition of U Boat surrender watercolours from the Imperial War Museum at The Pier Hotel, never before displayed in Harwich, and a complimentary art session on the 24th November calling on local artists to be inspired ready for an exhibition in May 2019.

 

Find the full programme of events here.

 

 


FESTIVAL TO LIGHT UP HARWICH

FESTIVAL TO LIGHT UP HARWICH TO COMMEMORATE SAILING OF THE MAYFLOWER

A family-friendly procession and performance will celebrate Harwich’s involvement in the sailing of The Mayflower to America later this month.

The Illuminate Festival returns for the third year on November 23, the Friday after Thanksgiving, to commemorate the town’s link to the historic vessel and voyage. An illuminated civic procession will lead the way from Ha’Penny Pier down to Harwich Green, and the public are invited to join the procession too.

Gathering from 6pm at the Ha’Penny Pier and by the lit-up LV 18 Lightship the procession will set off on its parade at 6.30pm, and will include a giant puppet lantern of Christopher Jones – captain of The Mayflower – and a lantern of The Mayflower too. Performers from the Dovercourt Theatre Group will also be there in period costume. Processing along Kings Head Street, led by dignitaries and representatives from local organisations, the parade will pass Captain Jones’ House, which will be illuminated, before continuing on to the Guildhall before reaching Harwich Green. mOn the Green, community choir Harwich Sing will perform four songs on a theme of light, with a backdrop of the Low and High Lighthouses and the Treadwheel Crane all being illuminated. An Illuminate poem, inspired by a quote from Mayflower Pilgrim William Bradford – “just as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many” – will also be read.

Michael Offord, from the Harwich Festival which organises the event on behalf of Tendring District Council (TDC), said he was looking forward to lighting up the town.

“Illuminate Festivals take place at Mayflower 400 destinations right across the country and I am excited that once again Harwich will be a part of it, I really encourage people to come along and join in the procession or spectate and bring their own lantern – though no naked flames please.”

Mick Skeels, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, added that as this year’s Illuminate Festival stepped up from last year it would be a great preview of even bigger things in 2019.

“In 2020 we will be marking 400 years since the sailing of The Mayflower, and a year of celebrations will be bookended by magnificent Illuminate Festivals in 2019 and 2020,” Cllr Skeels said.

“Historic Harwich really has the most personal relationship with The Mayflower, being home to the vessel and its captain and with his home still standing, and it is great to celebrate this with the Illuminate Festival.”

Charlie Powell, Mayor of Harwich, said the festival was a great showcase of the town.

“We know how wonderful Harwich is, but to be able to shine a light on it – literally – in this way will, we hope, really shout about this to others, I’d really urge our residents to come along and join in this wonderful occasion.”

The evening is expected to have ended by 8pm. A workshop is taking place this week at Mayflower Primary School, in Dovercourt, where pupils will help to create lanterns for the event.

 

For more information on this news release contact Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager Will Lodge on 01255 686338.

 


Harwich Sausage Festival

Visit Harwich on Saturday November 3rd, and witness the spectacle of sausage throwing!

After the great sausage toss, the Alma Inn, the Hanover Inn and the New Bell Inn open their doors to determine the public's favourite sausage with tastings from the Tendring Hundred's best butchers, all washed down with excellent real ales and ciders.

A Brief History of Sausage Throwing

Somewhere around 2008 at a beer festival planning meeting someone came up with the idea of a sausage throwing competition, we can't be sure who it was or exactly when it was suggested but it resurfaced year after year until 2011 when we decided that it simply had to be done in order to get it off the agenda!

So in 2011 we ran a throwing competition for Tendring sausage producers after which their fine wares were entered into a blind public tasting competition held in three traditional Harwich pubs. Such was the success of this format that it has become a regular event held on a Saturday in early November to coincide with British Sausage Week.

Read More on the Tendring CAMRA website


National Heritage Week

Harwich Town Council’s honorary archivists, Ray Plummer and Anne Kemp-Luck, create an annual exhibition for National Heritage Week and it will be on display in Harwich’s Guildhall on Saturday 8th September and Sunday 9th September from 2.30PM – 4.30PM.

This year’s exhibition, free of charge to the public, marks three anniversaries as 2018 sees the centenary of the U Boat surrender in Harwich Harbour at the end of World War I, the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport and the 65th anniversary of the 1953 floods.

Ray Plummer says

“With three very significant anniversaries we couldn’t possibly choose between them so Anne and I decided to focus on all three. The link that gives the exhibition its theme is that we have personal, written accounts from ordinary people who experienced these historic events and they are included to offer the human side of Harwich’s history.”

In addition to the exhibition in the council chamber the Harwich Society’s vice chairman, David Whittle, will be giving his latest illustrated talk in the Mayor’s Parlour on the history of Harwich’s lighthouses.

David Whittle says

“This year marks the 200th anniversary of the building of Harwich’s High and Low lighthouses so it seemed a fitting time to create a talk on the history of Harwich’s lighthouses through the centuries. Although these magnificent structures date from King George III they were certainly not the first lighthouses to guide ships into harwich Harbour.”

The Guildhall itself is a fascinating historic building and visitors will be able to visit its famous jail and see the wooden walls which contain carvings from Napoleonic times.

Chair of Harwich Town Council’s Finance and General Purposes Committee, Cllr Pam Morrison, says

“We are very grateful to Ray, Anne and David for creating such fascinating exhibitions that provide so much information and interest. However, it should not be forgotten that they are bringing Historic Harwich’s history to life every week of the year and their dedication and knowledge is incredibly valuable to our town.”

For further information please contact:

Ray Plummer on 01255 886249
David Whittle on 01255 506183


Harwich International Shanty Festival

The Harwich International Shanty Festival is back, from the 5th - 7th October.

Tickets for all events are on sale now, available to purchase here: www.tickettailor.com/events/harwichinternationalshantyfestival

The 13th Festival will of course be the biggest and best yet, with a tremendous selection of talented artists to watch, some fascinating and original workshops, great venues, real ales, a carnival atmosphere and a jam packed weekend of entertainment.


Free summer craft workshops on Ha’penny Pier

Harwich Haven Authority – the East of England’s largest trust port – will be hosting a series of free craft workshops on Ha’penny Pier during the summer holidays.

The drop-in workshops will take place on Monday 20, Wednesday 22 and Friday 24 August in the Visitor Centre between 10am–1pm. The creative sessions will be delivered by the team from the Harwich Festival and are suitable for all ages. Children, must however, be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Artist Monique de Vlieger - whose community installation Fishy Business can be seen on Ha’penny Pier until the end of October – will lead the workshops. Children can decorate fishy bunting or have a go at sewing a small felt fish using recycled materials to take home. Harwich Haven Authority is also providing free lollies to children taking part in the activity.

“The workshops are just one of many community initiatives we have organised throughout 2018,” says Fiona Brunning, communications manager, Harwich Haven Authority.

“We have taken inspiration for the workshops from Monique’s beautiful Fishy Business installation and from our Turn the Tide on Plastic campaign  - as the children will be working with recycled materials.

“There’s no need to book a place and more details about the workshops can be found on our  Facebook page @harwichhaven.”

Michael Offord of the Harwich Festival, commented: “We are proud to be working with Harwich Haven Authority to deliver these free fun workshops. It’s a perfect opportunity for children of all ages to try out a new craft and to take part in the hugely successful Fishy Business community art project.”

 

 

 

Ends

For further information contact:

Hannah Theobald, communications officer, Harwich Haven Authority

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01255 252310

 

 

Notes to editors

 

About Harwich Haven Authority

Harwich Haven Authority was established by act of Parliament in 1863. As a trust port, we’re responsible for preserving 150 square miles of the Haven; with 40% of the country’s container traffic travelling through the Haven, our role is critical to its ongoing success and development.

We also ensure the safety of everyone using the harbour. Our PilotageVessel Traffic Services and supporting marine services work to keep the Haven flowing night and day.

As an independent organisation with no share holders we generate income through the services we provide. This enables us to reinvest surplus profits for the benefit of our stakeholders.

 

About Harwich Festival

The Harwich Festival is a year round arts organisation that aims to promote arts in Harwich and the surrounding area.

The Harwich Festivals work culminates in the annual 10 day combined arts festival but also includes a number of one day events, public arts projects and community arts workshops for more information visit www.harwichfestival.co.uk.

 

 


Motorcyle Run + Harwich Family Fun Day

Thousands of motorcyclists will be gearing-up for the annual Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Motorycle Run next month.

The 60 mile run sets off from Ford Dunton in Basildon on Sunday 9th September at 11am, culminating in a family fun day on Harwich Green to welcome the bikers. This year's event includes live music, a kid’s zone, and trade stands and stalls, as well as some amazing raffle prizes - not to be missed!

This is the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance's longest-running fundraiser, and is vital to support the charity's operating missions.

Whether you're joining in the ride, or coming along for a good time, you'll have a great day. Don't forget to #RideSafe.

Book your space or donate today.

 


Beside the Seaside festival

Beside the Seaside festival

The Beside the Seaside festival is back on 12th August 2018 between 11am and 6pm.

Beside the Seaside brings a host of traditional seaside entertainment and beach family fun sports activities to Dovercourt. The event will feature a Live Music stage featuring some of the brightest unsigned talent from across the region, craft stalls, beach sports and a whole host of family friendly activities.

The popular Secret Beach huts theme will also return – expect to see anything from art, craft and dance workshops, storytelling, face painting and an ‘Escape Hut’ – run by Harwich Escape rooms. This year’s events will take place in Dovercourt on 12 August from 11:00 – 18:00

Main Stage

Featuring performances from some of the regions brightest talent as selected by Harwich based award winning Live Music promoters – Essex Rocks.

Performances will come from Pet Needs, Ransoms, Elephant Jane, Leyline Pass, Poppy Scarlett and Denial Twist. There will also be a performance from musicians from Harwich Based Rock School.

Secret Beach Huts

Expect to see ….

Limitless Dance – Isaac and Andi from Limitless will be teaching a variety of basic, foundational breaking moves to give both a physical and mental workout challenging strength, balance, coordination and creativity! They will also be showing everyone what they can do if you continue to practice the skills you learn in their workshop.

Art Workshops – Making abstract Artwork using “Arcylic Pour” techniques and how to enhance and finish this abstract art.

The Escape Hut – Puzzles and activities run by ‘Harwich Escape Rooms’

There will also be Heritage Huts run by the Harwich Society and New Heritage Solutions, storytelling, face painting and free craft workshops.

Additional Activities

Children’s Treasure Hunt, Food, drink, and craft stalls, Donkey Rides, Sandcastle and Crazy Golf competitions, TDC hosted Sports and Leisure activities. There will also be additional activities at the Dovercourt Skaterink (including an open air screening of Grease) and from Quiver Windsurfing at the Boating Lake.

 


Celebrating Harwich Lifeboat Week

Celebrate Harwich Lifeboat Week at The Pier

Enjoy a delicious fish and chips lunch, followed by ice cream for the special price of just £17.03 in tribute to RNLI 17-03 lifeboat.

This all weather lifeboat is 17 metres long and is the third of its kind. This fantastic offer is available between 23rd – 27th July.

To book, call 01255 241212, or just pop in between Monday to Friday, between 12 – 3pm.

Find out more about The Pier.


The Harwich Festival

Unveiling of specially commissioned Sculpture to launch The Harwich Festival 21st June – 1st July

The Harwich Festival is pleased to announce that it will launch with a series of stunning visual arts displays on the 21st June at 7:00PM. The Launch will feature exhibitions of work from professional artists as well as community arts projects and the unveiling of the Mosaic Boat produced by Mosaic artist Ann Fielding Schwegmann.

The Festival will also host the ten- year anniversary of the Essex Summer of Art, which is the largest visual arts festival in the county- an exciting addition to the Visual Arts thread of this year’s Festival. The special exhibition taking place in the 1912 Centre will feature work from all of Essex’s twenty- five art trails and open studio events.

The Art Quarter (established in 2014) will be filled with exhibitions, there including -The Old Bank Studios who will be holding their annual show and will also feature a textile display with clothes by Lynda Monk who will be demonstrating on Saturday June 23rd. Affordable original artwork by local artists will be on sale as well as cards and prints.

The 20x20 exhibition returns by popular demand in a different setting this year. This will be the ground floor of the old Ebenezer Chapel. This open exhibition features contributions from all ages and in all types of media, the only stipulation being that submissions must measure 20x20cm.

The public art project Fishy Business has attracted a lot of people and the shoals of fish created will form an unexpected and surprising display along the waterfront – over 500 fish have been created and submitted by the general public.

Windows on Art, this year’s art trail will feature images taken by infra-red photographer Kirk Rogers. Be prepared to be surprised by the unique and unfamiliar images produced by using this technique.

The Visual Arts Exhibitions will be on display throughout the Festival running alongside a diverse programme combining Music, Art, Dance and Spoken Word.

Programme Highlights

Jazz, folk and World music

Dinosaur – 2017 Mercury Prize Nominees, Dinosaur [pictured] are one of the most exciting and innovative young bands on the music scene today, full of imagination and surprised – Led by BBC New Generation Artist 2015-17, trumpeter Laura Jurd.

Edgelarks is Phillip Henry's and Hannah Martin’s most innovative work to date. As well as being their 4th studio album it also marks the genesis of a brand-new band name. Phillip and Hannah are former winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Duo of the year.

Classical Music

The outstanding Neopolitan pianist and chamber musician Emma Abbate teams up with the celebrated Tippett Quartet for a piano quintet recital at St Nicholas’ Church for Harwich Festival 18 sponsored by The Pier at Harwich.

Described as “an amazingly talented pianist” by the Italian magazine Musica, Emma is currently a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a staff coach at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

She has performed at many international venues and concert halls, including London’s Wigmore Hall, in addition to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.

The Tippett Quartet have delighted audiences and critics alike for more than a decade and a half with their animated virtuosic performances and inspired programming.

Saxology - This well respected and long-standing ensemble has appeared at many leading arts events including the Edinburgh and City of London Festivals and the “World Saxophone Congress”.

Having explored the relevance of the saxophone through period arrangements, French classical, jazz and improvisation through to original contemporary music, Saxology are excited to embark on a new relationship with vocal music.

 

Spoken word

Standard issue  - Mickey Noonan, Hannah Dunleavy and Jen Offord, of the Standard Issue podcast, will be joined by comedian Jess Fostekew and Alison Inman, President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, to talk funnies, feminism and loads more.

A collection will be held after the show in aid of local charity CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse).

CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) a registered charity working with victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse across the mid and North Essex, to provide them with independent, specialist support.

Dance

Harwich we need you! The future of dance hangs in the balance and it is your mission to save it. Glass House Dance invite you to join them on a clubbing journey through the ages. Calling all foot-tappers, dad dancers, disco divas, jumping jivers, old school ravers & shake-your-money-makers. Join the party and step back in time

Press Quote: Peter Davis – Artistic Director

 

Over the last few years we have developed a strong visual arts strand with many public arts projects such as the Willow Whale and the Panel Project and developed community projects such as 20 20 and Harwich Shorts. We have also increased the number of exhibitions and been a part of the Essex Summer of Art for several years. This has culminated in the Harwich being the proud host of the 10th anniversary of the Essex Summer of Art at this year's Festival.

Not only will the people of Harwich and visitors alike have wonderful visual art but they will also be entertained by a great line up of music, dance and spoken word. In this years Festival Classical, Early Music, Jazz, Folk and World Music are all strongly represented and there will be something for everyone. Come and have fun.

 

The Harwich Festival will run from the 21st June – 1st July - For tickets and more information please visit – www.harwichfestival.co.uk or contact [email protected]

The Harwich Festival  is funded by Arts Council England, Essex County  Council, Tendring District Council and Harwich Town Council.

The Harwich Festival is proudly sponsored by Harwich Haven Authority, The Pier Hotel, The East of England Coop and the Alma inn and Dining Rooms


OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF DOVERCOURT SKATE PARK

The long awaited skatepark geared up for an opening jam with a whole host of prizes and competitions to be won.

The free event, hosted by Harwich Town Council (HTC), kicked off at 12pm on Saturday 14 April at the site next to Dovercourt Swimming Pool and ran until 4pm, with professional demonstrations and an MC.

Local organisations supported the event and include Home Start, Teen Talk, Police and Fire Cadets, St Johns Ambulance, the Ark Family Resource Centre, as well as main contractors Maverick, who have designed and constructed the new Skatepark. Several years ago a group of skaterboarders asked HTC to refurbish the site which they claimed was dangerous in the winter or when the metal ramps become slippery after it rains.

HTC put £100,000 towards the project with the remaining funding secured by partners including Tendring District Council, Tesco Bags of Help, Police Fire Crime Commissioner for Essex (PFCC), Essex County Council and Lottery Funded Sport England. The Council was granted planning permission for a major overhaul on the existing skate park site off Lower Marine Parade last August and building work started in earnest in September.

The Skate Park incorporates a series of elevations and dips to suit fans of skateboarding, bikes, scooters and in-line skates no matter what their age or ability.

Jo Henderson, chairman of Harwich Town Council’s skatepark working party, said:  “This is the most expensive project ever undertaken by Harwich Town Council and it has been a remarkable team effort to bring it to completion.” “It would not have been possible without our funding partners who have been incredibly supportive.  We now have a wonderful new facility and we hope it brings a lot of pleasure to a lot of people.”

 

Photography (c) Maria Fowler 2018


Surrender to Sanctuary project

U-Boat surrender and Kindertransport to be commemorated

A £319,800 grant has been awarded to the Harwich Haven Surrender to Sanctuary project to create a series of events to mark the anniversary of these significant moments in history.

The arrival of the Kindertransport –the first Jewish refugee children – and the centenary of the surrender of the German U-boat fleet in 1918 will both be marked with events such as a memorial parade and a travelling U-boat. This project will continue for a full year, and will be based in Harwich.


Electric Palace Restoration gets the go-ahead

Final works to restore The Electric Palace in Harwich have been given the green light.

The listed building has already undergone an extensive refit and has been removed from English Heritage’s buildings at risk register.

Now work to reinstate original features and preserve the building’s long term future have been agreed by Tendring District Council.


Official Launch for Dovercourt Skateboard Park

AN OFFICIAL launch event is being held to celebrate a state-of-the-art skate park.

The £220,000 facility in Lower Marine Parade, Dovercourt was completed at the end of last year after a seven-year battle for funding to replace the old rundown facility, which was built in 2002.

A group of skaters appealed to the council to refurbish the site, which they claimed was dangerous in the winter or when the metal ramps became slippery after it rained.

Harwich Town Council was granted planning permission for a major overhaul on the existing skate park site last August but it took months to get all the funding needed.

The park has been built by Maverick Industries on the same site, next to Dovercourt Bay Lifestyles, with hopes it will be a new top attraction for the town’s seafront.

The facility, which was opened in December last year, has been designed for skateboarders, in-liners, BMX and scooter riders.

It has an open bowl, driveway and street section and because it’s made of spray concrete, the facility can be used all year round. Jo Henderson, chairman of Harwich Town Council’s skate park working party, said she is really pleased the park is being used by youngsters.

She said: “For the launch there will be lots of young people there, and the community safety partnership.

“We are expecting a lot of people, but it is hard to say how many will come.

“We also get a lot of following from Maverick Industries and there are even people from Shotley, in Suffolk, who get the boat here as we have the newest skate park around. It was finished just before Christmas and it is all for young people and young adults to use for free.

“It has been used since the safety check was all done last year and it has been really well used.”

Funding for the new park also came from Sport England, developer’s contributions, Essex County Council, Tendring Council, Police and Fire Crime Commissioner and Tesco Bags of Help. An official launch of the new skate park will take place on April 14, with further details to be announced nearer the time.


Christmas lights

Santa’s coming to town this year thanks to the generosity of Harwich Haven Authority

The threatened annual Christmas light display event in Dovercourt High Street, planned for Friday 1 December, will now go ahead thanks to a last minute donation from Harwich Haven Authority.

“After reading in the Harwich and Manningtree Standard that the organisers of the Dovercourt High Street Christmas light display were struggling to raise sufficient funding we were delighted to step in and help,” says Neil Glendinning, CEO, Harwich Haven Authority.

“The Authority is an integral part of the local community and this year we’ve been able to support a number of initiatives and charities in and around the Harwich and Dovercourt area.

“The Christmas light display has traditionally been an event that draws people together from across the area and we didn’t want to see it fail.

“We have been very impressed by the passion and energy of organisers Kirsty Ayling, Les Nicoll and their team at CREATE. They work tirelessly throughout the year to organise and create activities that benefit so many members of the community.”

Kirsti Ayling from CREATE commented: “Myself, Les Nicoll and the rest of the CREATE team are absolutely overwhelmed by the huge generosity of Harwich Haven Authority. The lights cost so much money and it’s a struggle each year to raise the necessary funding.”

Les Nicoll, CREATE added: “The Christmas light turn on is a fantastic community event, which brings friends, neighbours and businesses together in celebration.

“Lots of groups and community clubs will be involved and Santa will also be making a special visit this year.

“It’s a truly fantastic event that we’re delighted to bring to the community of Dovercourt and Harwich.”

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