Land of the Fanns 100 Stories

Share your stories of the local landscape with us!

Walkers and talkers needed to share stories about places and landscapes across the Land of the Fanns in a community project with Kinetika from Tuesday 28 May – Tuesday 4 June.  

Across Barking and Dagenham, Thurrock, Havering, in Brentwood and Essex there are stories in the landscape just waiting to be told: Stories full of history, of mystery, of love and loss, tales of people and adventures, stories that are part of the living history of the Land of the Fanns.

The Land of Fanns 100 Stories project is identifying, recording and sharing the valued community heritage in the stories of the landscapes in this area. Working with outdoor arts organisation Kinetika, the project aims to gather 100 stories from communities and individuals across the two London boroughs, Thurrock and Brentwood.

A series of 10 walks led by Kinetika, begin on Tuesday 28 May across the Land of the Fanns Landscape, visiting various locations such as Langdon Hills, Bedfords Park, Thorndon Country Park, Rainham Marshes and many more green spaces and heritage places. The first walk is from Wooded Hills to Ingrebourne Valley: over the following eight days, there are one or two walks daily with a final walk on Tuesday 4 June Rom/Beam Rivers walk. All walks are free and open to all. Lengths and times vary, Please check the website for full details or call

The walk routes have been devised by local volunteers to inspire stories, invoke memories and provoke responses amongst young and old alike.  During the walks, walkers will be encouraged to discover Land of the Fanns, getting to know the area if it is unfamiliar and to think about their personal connections to the landscape and share their stories about the area. The stories and reminiscences may be captured through informal writing and drawing or by photographing the landscape.

Stories can also be shared with the Land of the Fanns, either by phone, email, online or in person at various places throughout the summer. Please see website for more information.

Once the 100 stories have been collected, participants will be invited to a Creative Residency (Saturday 26th October – Saturday 2nd November).  Here the stories will be turned into drawings in various workshops including, Writing About Heritage, Producing Relevant Web Content and Creative Writing and Drawing, creating content for flag designs.

In the Spring of 2020 participants will turn the drawings into 100 silk flags using Kinetika’s batik process. The flags will form part of the celebratory Walking and Arts Festival planned for Summer 2020.

Walk Schedule.
Click links to book a place on the walks.

  1. Tues 28th May: Wooded Hills to Ingrebourne Valley
  2. Wed 29th May: Langdon Hills
  3. Wed 29th May: Bulphan and the Fens
  4. Thurs 30th May: Thorndon Country Park
  5. Fri 31st May: Davy Down to RSPB Rainham Marshes
  6. Sat 1st June: Hornchurch Industry and Leisure Heritage
  7. Sun 2nd June: Ingrebourne Valley and Rainham Hall
  8. Mon 3rd June: South Ockendon and Belhus
  9. Mon 3rd June: Thames Chase and Stubbers
  10. Tues 4th June: Rom/Beam Rivers Walk

Thames Chase Trust, Pike Lane
Upminster, Essex RM14 3NS

01708 642970

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