Monthly Archives: July, 2013

New project for Strangeface Mask Theatre gets support from NAM

Strangeface Mask Theatre Company, based in Southborough, work with communities nationally to make live art accessible for all. Since 2005 we have performed in shared places such as schools, libraries and village/memorial halls supported by local volunteers, Rural Touring Agencies, Arts Council and Kent County Council.

Our next theatre project is on the life of illusionist and pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliès, most famous for his 1902 short “A Trip to the Moon”. Whilst researching we found part of Méliès’ studio was requisitioned during WWI to become a hospital. He retreated to the remaining area to stage revues! Touched by the connections with our work, the transformation of space for community purpose, we have designed participation project that links people by experiences though they might be miles apart.

National Army Museum have offered to support our project “Space Transformed”, enabling us to use their archives for research purposes. We will offer a free-to-access resource kit, supporting workshops and online shared space for findings. The kit will act as a catalyst for intergenerational groups to discover the history of their venue 100 years ago and the people who inhabited it. We will encourage use of the website to share stories, images and their experiences of hunting for local heritage.

For more information contact Bethan at or 01892 529813.

New FWW mailing list launched

At the last Steering Group meeting it was agreed that a shared mailing list should be created and as a result, I have now created a GoogleGroup.  This will replace the previous method of communication whereby messages came direct via myself and needed to be forwarded to the appropriate person – hopefully this new way will enable you all to keep in touch with each other directly.

How to contact all members?

If you have already expressed an interest in the Frontline Kent / FWW Kent & Medway group in recent months and have kindly provided me with your email address, then you will automatically be added as a member on GoogleGroups.

All you need to do if you want to send a message to everyone is email: (when you email the group, your personal email will be shown in the ‘from’ field).

How do new members sign up?

To join the group, simply follow this link (!forum/fwwkentmedway/join) and submit your email address.  You will shortly receive a confirmation email, and just need to follow the ‘Join this Group’ button.  This will take you to a confirmation page that tells you your subscription has been accepted.

If you are a new member, why not send us an email to introduce yourself and let us know how you would like to support the group’s work; or flag up some ideas, projects or potential partnerships you’d like to get involved with.

How to unsubscribe?

If you would prefer not to be included in this group and would like to unsubscribe, email:

We’d really like to see the GoogleGroup actively used to have the conversations that we don’t have time for when at the meetings.

So get chatting; start contacting your fellow members with queries such as ‘we are doing X and we really need Y to help it along, which we think Z can do. Z, are you up for it?’

And don’t forget, we are always on the look out for useful information and updates to be added to the blog, so please send me ( any information you have.

Steering Group Minutes

Please find here the minutes from Friday’s steering group meeting fww steering group meeting July 5th



A note from Visit Kent

Tourism in Kent and Medway by Cheryl Parker

Tourism in Kent and Medway has never experienced the benefits of substantial national and regional government funding. As a result, Visit Kent formed in 2002, developed a collaborative approach in order to fund its operation and what has emerged is a public/private sector partnership supported by Kent County Council, Medway Council, the District and Borough Councils, and the leading private sector tourism businesses.

Visit Kent is responsible for promoting Kent as an attractive destination for holidays and events and enhancing the tourism industry, its infrastructure and product base in Kent. Visit Kent is recognised by the two upper tier local authorities Kent County Council and Medway Council, the 12 district councils and the South East LEP as the official Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Kent and Medway responsible for working in partnership to support and grow the tourism industry in the County.

We provide a wide range of information, expert advice and hands-on support to Kent’s tourism industry, from information about marketing opportunities and up-to-date media information to access to our many research and development projects, training courses and much more.

Tourism contributes £3.2 billion to the Kent and Medway economy, supports more than 63,000 jobs and 3,000 businesses (Cambridge Economic Impact Survey 2009). We want Kent to be the first choice destination for day visits and short breaks. We are confident we can meet this challenge by working together with our private and public sector partners to make our county stand out in the market place, to harness all investment opportunities and enhance our visitor offer.

Our key measurable objectives are:

  • To increase day and short break visits to Kent
  • To increase the value of tourism to Kent
  • Encourage visitors to use ‘green’ transport for environmental benefits (and increase public transport borne visitors to destinations and attractions)
  • To build a database of positive visitor reviews of Kent (user-generated content)

Visit Kent & the Frontline Kent Group

We are happy to lead and/or have input into the Marketing/PR working group and any other group that you feel is relevant to us. There will not be any hidden or unexpected charges with our involvement in the Frontline Kent Group, as we are keen to see tourism product develop in Kent and play a part in facilitating that development.

We do have a number of investors at Visit Kent who do receive priority in terms of marketing. However, all tourism businesses in Kent, including events, are entitled to free promotional activity.  Some museums and events organisations will find that they have entries on the Visit Kent website via their District Council as we have partnership agreements in place with them and they are investors. However, we are happy to talk to any Museum or attraction about investment in Visit Kent and generally will prepare bespoke proposals based on their requirements and budget; we do welcome working with smaller attractions as these are the ‘hidden gems’ of a destination and a vital part of the overall appeal.

Contact: (consumer)

E: for Frontline Kent

Tel: 01227 812917

The 2014 Real Poppy Campaign – Plant Your Town RED

Thanks to the power of the web, and this blog, I was recently contacted by Graham Mentor-Morris of The Real Poppy Campaign.  While I’m sure many of you are aware of the Campaign, Graham kindly sent the following information:

“A unique campaign has been started to plant real poppies to coincide with this centenary. The bright red Flanders poppies (Papaver rhoeas) also known as corn poppies, will be planted by thousands of people all across the County of Kent during spring 2014 – for flowering late July/early August. The 2014 Real Poppy Campaign is the brainchild of The Greenhithe (Kent) Royal British Legion. Chairman, Phil Berry said; “We would like to see Kent covered in real Flanders poppies during August 2014, just imagine thousands upon thousands of bright red poppies growing alongside motorways, hundreds in every garden, hedgerows, fields, window boxes – the entire County  covered in poppies.”

During WW1, the total number of military and civilian casualties was an estimated 37 million. There were over 16 million deaths (an average of almost 10,000 per day) and more than 20 million wounded ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history. The use of the poppy was inspired by the World War I poem  ‘ In Flanders Fields’ Its opening lines refer to the thousands of poppies that were the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of soldiers’ graves .The 2014 poppies will commemorate and honour the huge sacrifices made by so many.

Kent based groups, including schools and youth organisations, cadets, scouts etc and any interested community groups will be provided with seeds and are encouraged to cultivate or simply scatter or ‘cast’ thousands of the seeds wherever they can(+). The poppies are wild flowers, they offer no threat to wildlife or the environment and will grow readily. Approval for the project has been given by DEFRA (+). To help ensure a national coverage, the RBL Riders Branch have agreed to assist in the casting of poppy seeds on your behalf if you are unable to do so yourself.

A flowering success rate of around 65% is estimated if correctly cast/planted. The seeds are provided free of charge (*) and can be wild casted anywhere (+) they will usually grow untended and participants need no gardening skills. Full instructions are provided with every pack of seeds. With your help, this campaign plans to be a bright and vivid reminder of all those lost lives.

(*) Subject to HLF Funding

(+) Message from DEFRA; Do not use near agricultural areas or sites of scientific interest.

We are requesting all interested persons or groups register their wish to get involved for free supply of seeds – email

As an alternative, people can purchase seeds and donate to the Poppy Appeal, simply go to the dedicated website:  Dartford Borough Council have already purchased 1 Million seeds for the Dartford centenary plans – other local authorities are invited to also get involved.

Or you can find us on facebook:!/groups/343656562384364/”

The Real Poppy Campaign 2014 is officially partnered with the Imperial War Museumpoppy