Benefice of Harston, Hauxton and Newton

  • The Vicarage
  • Church Street
  • Harston
  • Cambs
  • CB22 7NP

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Lockdown Exhibition


The Harston Experience

- a community exhibition 

3 October 2020


Margaret Greeves made the suggestion early on in Lockdown that an exhibition would be a memorable way to share experiences in the village as well as creating a record of a unique time and a group of us (Margaret, Rev Susan, Joy and Charlotte) have met to take the idea forward.

We are proposing an exhibition in several locations in Harston, to reflect on three months’ lockdown, to create a record of this uniquely shared experience and to enjoy being together.  We want this to be an inclusive one-day event involving as many village groups, societies and activities as we can, so we plan that the exhibition should be spread across several locations.  The idea of a ‘safari’ style event could also assist in socially distancing across the different locations.  Siobhan Rouse has kindly agreed that we may use the school premises (subject to restrictions in place) and Better Brew will run their coffee morning in the school instead of the Village Hall (which has a booking in the afternoon that day).  Exhibitions will also be held at All Saints’ Church and the Baptist Church (showcase of the new Community Fridge).

We have begun reaching out to everyone who might be interested in taking part.  As well as our congregation, we are contacting Open Gardens, W.I., Parish Council, Harston History, Harston Help, Harston Residents, HATS, Photographers, Painters, Scouts & Cubs, Primary School, Baptist Church, All Saints, Better Brew Cafe.

We envisage a variety of display categories such as:

 ·       History

·       Photography

·       Gardening

·       Crafts

·       Cookery & baking

·       Painting & drawing

·       Performing and music

·       Writing & recording

·       Volunteering 

As we want this to be a positive reflection on the past and an opportunity to consider how it might modify the future, we will include a discussion panel on how we might build on our community efforts.  We will gather it all together in a record of the day.  Should we be unable to proceed with the physical exhibition, we will share it virtually via a website.

Everyone has been encouraged to consider how they might contribute both as a group and individually.  Individuals are encouraged to capture a reflection on any aspect of their experience in March/April/May (100-200 words).   These can be anonymous or attributed, as people wish.

Whilst set-up costs are not anticipated to be great the Parish Council is being approached to request their support.