Giant steps are what you take

Contributed by editor on Jan 30, 2005 - 10:48 PM


The village is to have its own Giant and to launch the project scores of villagers set off on a walk to discover the Hawkinge Giant.

Members of Strange Cargo Arts Company joined the walkers as they set off from the Hawkinge Community Centre (30 January). They explained the project as they made their way through Reinden Wood, on to Old Hawkinge and finally returning to the Community Centre.

Giant co-ordinator Cyril Trice took on the role of tour guide and pointed out historical sites in the village hoping to inspire the walkers to artistic creativity.

The 15 foot high giant is to be constructed by villagers under the watchful eye of Strange Cargo artists. It needs to be completed within the next few weeks and volunteers are urgently need to help with its construction.

Already Littlebourne near Canterbury has its own giant and Elvington near Deal will be the third of five East Kent villages to join the group.

Cyril said: "It was terrific to see local people of all age groups wanting to get involved in this Community project.

"I'm sure this will benefit the village. Who knows, there could be a Giants festival with our neighbours on the other side of the channel.

"This is an opportunity for Hawkinge to make some Giant steps in putting us on the map."

Anyone interested in helping, please contact either Cyril Trice 01303 893499 or Strange Cargo Arts Company 01303 244533.

Editor's note:

Strange Cargo is a celebratory and participatory arts company based in Folkestone.

In 1998 they received a lottery grant to develop new arts events in East Kent. 

These events were designed to be high-quality participatory arts experiences that would engage with new audiences; encourage participation, especially among young people; and provide development opportunities for artists and emergent arts organisations.