B2.2 Community Mapping

Land of the Fanns 100 Stories Project   

Kinetika is a Purfleet based arts organisation and we are working with Land of the Fanns to deliver a Community Mapping project. We are inviting local people and communities to identify and celebrate 100 Stories gathered in response to the different Landscape Character Areas within the Land of the Fanns area.

Over 2019 and early 2020 we are collecting in stories. In March and April 2020 there will be free creative workshops in film-making and the silk painting process known as batik to create the 100 silk flags. The culmination of the work on the stories and flags  will be the Walking Arts Festival being planned for May/June 2020.

Workshops, Training and Events in 2020:

Story Writing Workshops with Ali Pretty

Date Time Location
17.1.20 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. With Walking for Health Group.

The Millennium Centre, Eastbrookend Country Park.  Book Here

20.1.20 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. High House Production Park Café, Purfleet. Book Here
21.1.20 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. High House Production Park Café, Purfleet. Book Here
22.1.20 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. High House Production Park Café, Purfleet. Book Here
23.1.20 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Hornchurch Country Park. Book Here
24.1.20 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. TBC Plotlands Haven Museum OR EWT Visitor Centre. Book Here
24.1.20 2.30 – 5.00 p.m.  Valence House, Dagenham. Book Here
25.1.20 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Rainham Hall, Rainham. Book Here
25.1.20 2.00 – 4.30 p.m. Langtons House. Book Here

Story Illustration Workshops with Jo Beal

30.1.20 10.00 – 12.30 p.m. Hornchurch Country Park
30.1.20 2.00 – 4.30 p.m. High House Production Park Café, Purfleet
31.1.20 10.00 – 12.30 p.m. High House Production Park Café, Purfleet
31.1.20 2.00 – 4.30 p.m. High House Production Park Café, Purfleet
1.2.20 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Rainham Hall, Rainham
1.2.20 2.00 – 4.30 p.m. Langtons House
2.2.20 10.00 – 12.30 Plotlands Haven Museum OR EWT Visitor Centre
2.2.20 2.30 – 5.00 p.m. Valence House, Dagengham

Walk Leader training – Leading Guided Walks Safely and Interestingly

7.3.20 TBC TBC

Training in film production, using smart phones and ipads, with ROSA Productions

15.3.20 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. High House Production Park, Purfleet

Silk flag design workshops

14.3.20 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Kinetika Studio, High House Production Park
15.3.20 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Kinetika Studio, High House Production Park

Film making project, supported by ROSA Productions

16.3.20 to 12.4.20 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. On location across the Land of the Fanns area

Walk Leader training – Communicating Effectively

21.3.20 TBC TBC

Silk flag design workshops

28.3.20 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Kinetika Studio, High House Production Park
29.3.20 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Kinetika Studio, High House Production Park

Silk flag painting workshops

6.4.20 – 9.4.20 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Kinetika Studio, High House Production Park
14.4.20 – 19.4.20 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Kinetika Studio, High House Production Park

Land of the Fanns Walking Festival celebrating the 100 stories gathered throughout the Community Mapping project

23.5.20 – 31.5.20 Various times Across the Land of the Fanns area

Land of the Fanns Walking Festival and Community Mapping 100 Stories Finale

7.6.20 1.00 – 5.00 p.m. Langdon Hills Country Park


Call out for stories

We are searching for the top 100 stories in the Land of the Fanns. Send us your top story from one of your favourite and most valued places in your local area.

See above for a map of the Land of the Fanns and sites to explore, plus downloadable guidelines for story themes and a Story Form to write your story on here:

Intro and Guidelines – LotF 100 Stories

Story Form – LotF 100 Stories

When you are ready please send us 500-1000 words, a couple of photos and even a drawing.

Some handy tips for you to get started:

  • What’s your top story? Give it a title
  • What is it about? Describe the landscape.
  • Where does it take place – a visual description, colours, smells, sounds.
  • What’s beneath your feet, what’s around you, what’s on the horizon?
  • Can you see the river, a lake, a pond?
  • Are there any insects, birds, creatures moving around?
  • Is the story about the past, the present or the future? Or all of the above?
  • What’s the main object, who is the main character – describe them.
  • What were they doing, what are they going to do?
  • What did they say, did you have a conversation? Capture a quote.
  • Did the landscape/the person have an impact on you?
  • How do you feel about your story/the experience you had visiting the site?
  • Do you have a role in looking after it? Would you like to be more involved with protecting its future?
  • Does your story feature a local building, piece of land or viewpoint which you consider to be of particular value to the local community? Find out more about what a Community Asset is here.

o Add a drawing – which could be a simple map or diagram, or an illustration of nature, wildlife or a building.
o Add a photo too that sums up your story and give it a caption.
o Submit your stories by Sunday 19th January, either by email or post.

Email: jo@kinetika.co.uk
Post: Jo Beal, Kinetika, 119 Artists Studios, High House Production Park, Off Purfleet Bypass, Purfleet, Thurrock RM19 1AS


The ‘Community Mapping’ project is comprised of three elements, relating to the recording, sharing and protecting of community valued heritage across the landscape. The project will commence in Year 2, building on the narrative framework enabled by the Land of the Fanns book synposis (B1.1) and the recording of historic features in the ‘Designed Landscapes’ project (B2.1) both starting in Year 1.


The first element – recording – will entail reaching out into the community to capture feelings and memories that can be mapped against heritage sites across the Land of the Fanns area. To kick start this process (which commenced on a limited scale during the development phase), up-front training and support in heritage research and recording will be provided so that a core group of volunteers can be involved in collecting the information and stories. Throughout the rest of the LotF LPS, further rounds of story collection will take place to develop an archive of information and to ensure that a wider range of people can participate in the project. The ongoing commitment to gathering information will also allow the project to be tweaked as needed during the scheme in response to volunteer and community feedback.

There could be an opportunity to link this project to the Arts Trail/Festival (D2.2), working with artists to capture stories and memories in creative ways. This could help ensure linkages between the cultural story of Land of the Fanns, and a wider arts-led festival that reaches a wider audience. This opportunity will be explored further during Year 1 of the Scheme.


The second element of the project – sharing – will ensure that the information gathered from the community is easily accessible via the various digital and physical channels created by the Landscape Partnership Scheme. In particular, this information will be linked to specific points and areas on a Land of the Fanns map so that the significance attributed by the community to identified heritage sites can be clearly identified. This will be supplemented by a programme of local events/lectures so that volunteers can share their findings and stories. The stories will also help inform some of the walks (D1.1)


The third element – protecting – will see specialist planning support commissioned during the second half of the Landscape Partnership Scheme to help create a case for adding community mapped heritage sites to local place-making related frameworks (e.g. local heritage lists in planning; community assets lists). This will include assessing the legislative opportunities available at the time. Where relevant, the cultural map of the landscape will be factored into the Landscape Management Plan (A1.1) in order to shape operational delivery as relevant. The purpose is to ensure that developments that might affect locally loved heritage assets are required to factor in the identified significance as part of any decisionmaking framework. This will support the legacy for the Landscape Partnership Scheme as a whole.

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

01708 642970

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