Acorn Village was delighted to be involved with a fantastic new project within Harwich

 

Thanks to the support of the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Nigel Spencer MBE, Acorn Village was involved from day one on this moving project focusing on crime prevention through poetry in North Essex.

An Acorn tenant was asked to be one of the six Judges with support from the Creative Craft Centre Manager. Leading up to the event they read through the poems and helped choose their winners and feedback their thoughts as to why the poets deserved the prestigious awards.

Three others from Acorn Village also submitted poems for the Year 9+ section which was open to all. The team of Acorn Artist’s got together to design the front cover for the final book. This book can be found in our Reception for you to view.

Acorn Artist’s paintings of the local area were used inside the book, such as the Harwich Redoubt Fort, Grayson Perry’s House and Colchester Castle.

On the night itself, the Acorn Judge and Poets were invited to join a hall full of dignitaries to see the award ceremony take place. Lord Petre of Ingatestone (who is also a Patron of Acorn Village), High Sheriff of Essex -Dr James Bettley, Chairman Essex County Council -Cllr John Jowers, Essex Chief Police Constable B-J Harrington, Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex – Jane Gardner and the Mayor & Mayoress of Harwich Charlie & Kate Powell were among those present.

One of our tenants sang with the Harwich Sing Choir before being awarded for her winning poem. Well Done to her!

A big thank you to the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Nigel for involving Acorn. It was an evening we will never forget.

Judging the poems before the big event

Harwich Sing with Deputy Lord Lieutenant Nigel Spencer MBE

Tenant Louise receiving the award for her winning poetry from Essex Chief Police Constable B-J Harrington

High Sheriff of Essex – Dr.James Bettley

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