As the Lottery Funded project, “Tales and Trails of the Tillingbourne Valley” draws to a close, it is exciting to hear that Chilworth-based children will continue to hear the Gunpowder Story in the future.
This year, Tillingbourne School and Chilworth C of E infants school both benefitted from visits by creative artists, writers and actors, and were able to get involved in learning about our local industrial history through art, drama and writing. Chilworth2gether liaised between the schools and the project manager in the early days, to ensure Chilworth schools got the maximum input into this fascinating project.
Surrey Hills has expressed an interest in supporting a further visit from the actors from the Youth Theatre at Yvonne Arnaud, so that next year’s children can benefit too. Other possible funding streams may also be in the pipeline. This forms part of the Borough’s outreach programme to young people, and will help the next generation of young people learn about the industries in the Tillingbourne valley, including paper making, milling, the tannery, and of course, gunpowder manufacture.
Job, a gunpowder worker who lived in Chilworth has been a great hit with families, with his story being told by a professional storyteller as part of the project. His puppet joins seven others based in the new Tillingbourne Gallery at Shere Museum, and will be available to borrow so his story can continue to be told.