Gathering the core team (May-July 2019)

Artists, historians, textile specialists, organisers...

Artists, historians, textile specialists and organisers – all key to the success of the project…but where to find them?

We started to seek support via social media, church groups, parish councils, Women’s Institute, knitting groups, RRAVS and U3A groups. One early visit was to Ashingdon U3A at the St. Andrew’s Ashingdon church hall. There was general interest from everyone and great interest from one of the organisers, Sarah Johnson. Sarah and Chris quickly became the ‘textile leads’…a major role sorted.

Corina and Carol had highlighted the need for more historical background before drawing commenced. Fortunately, Twitter connected us to Ian Yearsley who is a mine of local information and has authored most of the historical text. Ian, Roger and Geoff set about finalising the timeline and content for the tapestry panels.

We started to get interest from some other artists. Daniel Roche was the first to complete a drawing, with an initial panel in his own unique style.

20th July 2019: Launch event at Ashingdon Elim after the Heritage Lottery Fund award
Left to right: Roger Hill, Daniel Roche, Ian Yearsley, Geoff Durham, Sarah Johnson