Have you had wind of the big community art day on Dunstable Downs?
It’s on Sunday, September 15, as part of the quirky art project called We Are Now.
Organisers are urging people of all ages to join together to celebrate the town, the beautiful landscape – and “the wind that brings it to life”.
They’re hoping you’ll meet them at 2pm at the Chilterns Gateway Centre (the Downs visitor centre) to dress up, share stories about the wind and make your own additions to a giant, shining kite.
And they tell me: “This will be launched into the sky above the Downs as the event culminates, taking with it the stories, hopes and dreams of the people of Dunstable.”
“Wind charmers” will be there, too. I’ve told you about these friendly folk before.
The team says: “Throughout the summer, these ‘wind charmers’ have been out and about, catching the breezes that weave their way in and out of the town.
“With long strips of mirrors attached from their back, the wind charmers collect the lost wind, and in return the wind makes them dance.
“You may have seen these wind charmers in portraits that have been popping up all over town in cafes, shops and windows. Now that enough wind has been caught, the wind charmers will meet on the Downs to take it back where it belongs, dancing to bring all the small breezes together into one strong wind.”
Hmm. How intriguing. On Sunday morning, way-finders will mark routes to the Downs.
Dunstablians are working with artist Laurence Payot and other creatives on We Are Now, “defining what is important and meaningful for us in Dunstable today, and inventing a new legend for the future”. So now you know.
Bedford Creative Arts, the arts charity, commissioned and is producing the project. All sorts of organisations are joining in. Facebook fans can find out more by searching for We Are Now Dunstable. Or visit www.we-are-now.co.uk.
What a breath of fresh air...
“The time has come”, the Walrus said, “To talk of many things, of shoes and ships and sealing-wax, of cabbages and kings.” Those Lewis Carroll lines came to mind when I saw snaps from a village show.
There, filling up a wheelbarrow. were the two biggest cabbages I’ve ever seen – kings of the cabbage world.
Bob and Annie Iles took them along to the Kensworth Flower & Vegetable Show for display only (not as entries).
And the gigantic cabbages certainly were a talking point.
Annie told me they were Cornish Heirloom cabbages.
And the outer leaves had been taken off to fit them into the barrow – just imagine how big they were to start with!
Bob and Annie didn’t measure the giant veg.
But just to give you an idea, the biggest cabbage they’ve grown of that kind so far was a whopping 5ft 5ins tall and 3ft 6ins across. Wow.
Annie said: “We don’t normally have the Cornish ones.
“I don’t think we actually realised they were going to grow that big!”
Are the cabbages destined to be the world’s biggest bubble and squeak?
Not quite. Like all of Bob and Annie’s excess veg, they’ve already gone to Whipsnade Zoo as a tasty treat for the animals.