Creative Placemaking in Chilmington Green

Published: 04 July 2022

An exciting programme of community arts events is coming to Chilmington Green this Summer. Emergency Exit Arts (EEA) – who are also organising the Fabric of Ashford and the Carnival of the Baubles this year – will be running a series of creative activities in Chilmington Green.

The project has been commissioned by Ashford Borough Council using Garden Communities funding from Homes England.

The coordination of activities will be led by EEA in partnership with the Chilmington Management Organisation (CMO), and aims to bring Chilmington Green residents together to create a unique sense of place and identity within this new housing development.  

EEA is working with Locality, a charity that supports community organisations to be strong and successful, to consult residents on the type of events they’d like to see.

A series of smaller activities during the Summer is likely to culminate in a larger, more spectacular event this Autumn uniting the Chilmington Green community which is currently spread across several development sites.

Hannah Rushforth, a Project Manager with EEA, says “I’ve been talking to Chilmington Green residents and have already heard some great ideas, including creating a flag design to give the community its own identity, and holding a big celebration event where the community can come together. Everyone is keen to get started.”

Maria Antoniou, South East Development Officer with Locality, adds “A sense of community is really important for wellbeing and happiness. When people move to a new place it can take time to build connections, but this project aims to fast-track this by providing opportunities to get together this Summer. Everyone living in Chilmington Green is welcome to participate.”

If you live in Chilmington Green and would like to get involved or receive information about the events you can contact maria.antoniou@locality.org.uk

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About SAGC
The Chilmington Green, Court Lodge and Kingsnorth Green developments form the South Ashford Garden Community (SAGC). The SAGC received garden village status in 2019 and has been allocated £755,000 funding by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

The Garden Communities fund supports accelerated housing delivery and high quality infrastructure in line with the garden community principles; building communities which are flexible, resilient and sustainable for the future.

Along with the SAGC, the Garden Communities programme supports house building in 43 towns and villages from Cornwall to Carlisle and will deliver over 300,000 homes, up to 90,000 of which will be affordable.

·         £15 million funding to support delivery of thousands of new homes in beautiful, green Garden Communities across England

·         Part of a £69 million programme to deliver up to 16,000 homes per year from 2025, creating almost 200,000 jobs and boosting the economy

·         Builds on the Government’s plans to level up the country, regenerate underused land and bring forward beautiful new developments

Emergency Exit Arts is a community arts organisation creating unforgettable outdoor events and participatory experiences. EEA has been working in Ashford since 2019, engaging with local artists to deliver creative events as part of Love Ashford including the Carnival of the Baubles, a lantern procession through the town.  This year, EEA is organising the Fabric of Ashford project and reviving the Carnival of the Baubles post-pandemic.

 

Locality is a national charity that supports local community organisations to be strong and successful. Our national network of over 1,500 members helps hundreds of thousands of people every week. We offer specialist advice, peer learning and campaign with members for a fairer society. This includes helping to develop a sense of community on new housing developments. Together we unlock the power of community.