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Castle Point Mayor’s Parlour Picture Competition


We are running our annual competition to find a picture to hang in the Castle Point Mayor’s Office. It is for year 5 and 6 children living in or going to school in Castle Point. The theme is “A celebration of Castle Point”, since it is the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Borough. All entries were displayed at the Hadleigh Old Fire Station on 6th July. In 2016 we received over 300 entries. The Mayor selected five winning pictures which have been framed and put up in their office. The winners have met the Mayor to be awarded a certificate and to see their pictures on display. You can see some of the winners here. Details of how to enter are here.



Olympic Project for Canvey


Allan Webb has led a project to celebrate the Olympic values of respect, friendship and equality. A partnership was been created between Northwick Park Primary School and the Sweetbriars Sheltered Housing Complex to help build understanding between neighbours and across generations. The children and residents have met on several occasions and have produced booklets about the residents’ lives together with a collage. The results were exhibited at our Summer Fun Day and will be presented to the residents of Sweetbriars.


Click on the links below to see the booklets:


Amy and Kane - Interview with John           Chloe and James - Interview with Rosina

James and Lucy - Interview with Frank       Lucy and Zoe - Interview with Rose

Natasha and Jessie - Interview with Annie        Natasha, Chloe and Chloe - Interview with Frank Shannon and Jessie - Interview with John      Shannon and Sophie - Interview with Alan

Sophie and Chloe - Interview with Reg         Zoe, Kane and Amy - Interview with Alan



Hadleigh Farm Olympic Mountain Bike Course Collage


Our Fabric Group has made a large collage for public display depicting the Olympic Mountain Bike Course. The group has completed the collage, which was based on a design by Ted Rodway. The collage has been hung at the Tea Rooms at the Salvation Army Training Centre and Farm in Hadleigh in time for the Olympic Mountain Bike Event.



Exploring our Past


This project was a collaboration between The Art Ministry and local schools, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and directed by the late Reverend Angela Cotton. Local children interviewed Mary Mitchell, a life long Hadleigh resident, to found out more about the town’s history.


The main output from the project has been a book about local history in the Castle Point area. Local school children have produced some of the book’s content and local artists have supplied some of the illustrations. The project has involved participative events with the local community.


Fabric Collage of Castle Point


The Art Ministry’s Fabric Group has produced a large fabric collage depicting the local area. The collage is based on a painting by the local artist Ted Rodway. Ted also runs our Castle Point Art Club sessions.


The collage has been presented to the Tyrells Centre in Benfleet, and hangs in the building. Funding was received from the Heritage Lottery Fund for this project.



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Mountain Bike Course Collage

Mary Mitchell (left) with The Art Ministry Founder, Angela Cotton



Castle Point collage at the Tyrells Centre



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