What a wonderful end to the project! Over 70 people came to see us at Cowbit Bus shelter – swapping stories, bringing maps and photos down to share and transforming the humble shelter into a vibrant community space for the day – loved it!
A huge thanks to the bus shelter team Manya, Emily and Martin and everyone that was able to join us popping up over the last few days.
The images are up in the bus shelters! Ian Jones and I went out today and installed a selection of the postcard images into the 8 bus shelters in the villages:
Barrier Bank, Cowbit x 1
High Road Moulton x 2
High Road Whaplode x 2
Spalding Gate, Pinchbeck that turns into Church Street x 3
Just installed, there’s an interesting contrast between the pristine frames and the graffiti and weather worn interiors of the shelters, which I quite like. Manya and I will be bringing our brooms when we transform 4 of the shelters for the Bus Fayre events next week though…
These images will be up for the month of August, but I’m hoping to leave the frames for the community to use and fill with more creativity in the future. Maybe this could lead to a series of community curated bus shelters….let me know what you think?
Postcards are printed, bus vinyl’s couriered to Norfolk Green bus company and the Bus Fayre poster’s done. Phew!
So the images will be installed on 3 of the buses that serve the 505 Moulton and Whaplode route – Kings Lynn to Spalding – for the month of August – keep your eyes peeled. There are also postcards available for bus travellers to pick up – with a tear off section inviting people to respond to questions around village identity and buses and shelters as spaces for sharing art. Once completed these can be handed in to the driver.
Thanks to Ian and Luke at Well Plastic design for their time and patience this week!
Found out about the Whaplode riot of 1482 today, which took place in the grounds of the St Mary’s where I’ve been photographing recently. The grounds are more of a cottage garden than a graveyard, which the villagers plant and tend. There are no oppressive yew trees, and this time of year there’s a wonderful array of colourful and casual blooms lining the pathway to the Church entrance and framing the ancient stone. In the 15th Century the Abbot at Crowland was responsible for collecting Whaplode’s local taxes. When these were not used to make urgent repairs to St Mary’s the villagers asked if they could chop down the trees in the grounds and use the wood to make the repairs themselves. When the Abbot refused the villagers rioted, kidnapping the Abbot’s local steward and taking axes to the trees. So there may well have been Yew trees at one time! Hundreds of years later the Whaplode villagers still have a very real relationship with and responsibility for this place.