Mayflower 400 Community Sparks Round 1

Twelve projects were awarded bursaries in the first round of Mayflower 400 Community Sparks following a competitive application process.

1) North Prospect Community Choir
£4,000 has been awarded to North Prospect Community Choir to produce a new celebratory choral work exploring the theme, Sounds of the Ocean City. This funding will give the choir the opportunity to work with composer Adrian Hull to produce new music for their adult choir and Mayflower Community Academy’s children’s chorus.

2) Joyce’s Quilt Women’s Group
£4,000 goes to the Joyce’s Quilt women’s group for a unique quilting project called ‘Pilgrim Mothers – A New World’. The project will be launched on International Women’s Day in 2019 and will work with women’s groups around the city. Participants will design and sew squares that explore how life could have been different if women had taken the lead instead of the Pilgrim Fathers when they landed on the shores of Massachusetts.

3) The Mayflower Morris Muster
£3,000 will finance The Mayflower Morris Muster in 2020, which will see a dozen Morris sides from across the UK, the Netherlands and the US dancing at various venues in Plymouth to celebrate the history and diversity of this unique style of dance. The Muster will be hosted by Plymouth Morris Men which celebrates its 50th birthday in 2020.

4) Plymouth Cruise Ship Volunteers
Plymouth Cruise Ship Volunteers received £3,000 to give the Welcome Caravan at Millbay Docks a much needed makeover. Funds will also be used to buy uniforms for the volunteers and banners to create a vibrant and exciting first glimpse of the city on arrival.

5) Stoke Traders and Residents Association (STaRS)
A bursary of £3,000 will enable Stoke Village Fun Day to run kite workshops in 2019 and 2020. When the kites are finished community members will write their hopes and dreams on them. These will then form part of a Mayflower procession through Stoke Village and up to the Blockhouse where they will fly their kites sending their dreams into the skies.

6) Age UK Plymouth
Age UK Plymouth has linked up with a care home called Cozy Corner in Plymouth, Massachusetts to develop an exciting art project for older people called Friends Across The Sea. This transatlantic project will be run in collaboration with By Design Collective and will use written correspondence, digital platforms creative art, theatre and music as a tool to communicate, discuss ideas and create a community that is strengthened by the Mayflower celebrations. The project will be supported with a bursary of £2938.

Recipients of the Mayflower 400 Community Sparks round one funding

From L-R: Nic Sharpe, Royal Adelaide Art & Yoga CIC; Matt Thomas, Royal Adelaide Art & Yoga CIC; Charlie Rankeem, By Design Collective; Fiona Evans, Mayflower 400 Community Sparks Producer; Lynne Hodgson, Age UK Plymouth; David Walters, North Prospect Community Choir and Bobby Inman, Royal Adelaide Art & Yoga CIC

7) Royal Adelaide Art & Yoga CIC
Royal Adelaide Art & Yoga CIC secured £2,900 to run the Mayflower Postcard Exchange and Exhibition, which will invite local people and individuals in the USA to send postcards to RAAY for a unique cultural exhibition. There are 30 towns and cities named after Plymouth across the United States and the residents will be encouraged to share life in their Plymouth through the art of postcard writing.

8) All Nations Ministries
  will bring the popular tea dances organised by Lady Astor bang up to date. All Nations Ministries will host an intergenerational and cross-cultural tea dance with a difference on the Hoe in 2020. Popular dances to Swing and Big Band music will be complemented by African, Filipino and Thai dance displays. This special event aims to break down barriers between different cultural groups.

9) Penny Tarrant & Debbie Jones supported by the Hoe Neighbourhood Forum
£2,150 has been awarded to Hoe residents Penny Tarrant and Debbie Jones, supported by the Hoe Neighbourhood Forum, to run a competition to find a new Town Crier. The competition will be open to anybody resident in Plymouth and will be held in the city centre for everyone’s entertainment. The successful Town Crier will promote all the exciting activities happening for Mayflower 400.

10) Plymouth Tree Partnership
A new variety of apple named the ‘Pilgrim 400’ will be brought to the city by Plymouth Tree Partnership. This commemorative tree produces a medium sized fruit, round in shape and of a rosy appearance and is most suitable for cooking. A bursary of £1,750 will help the partnership provide low cost apple trees and a certificate of authenticity to schools and civic groups in Plymouth.

11) Plymouth Zine Library
Plymouth Zine Library will receive £1,500 to run workshops across the city to teach people the art of zine production. Zines are self-created, self-published small magazines which come in a variety of formats from comics, to collage to Illustration. In the workshops Plymothians of all ages which explore how they feel about Mayflower 400. The larger zine will be produced and will be free at different venues across the city.

12) The Minster Church of St Andrew
The Minster Church of St Andrew has been given £1,500 to run a programme of events including a flower and quilt exhibition to commemorate Mayflower 2020. The church will also host an exhibition of children’s art and creative writing.

If you’d like to apply for round three click here to find out more. The deadline for applications is 31 October 2019.