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Celebrating Windrush during Lockdown Life: Passing the Time Through Rhythm & Rhyme

June 22nd this year Lockdown Britain will celebrate the 72nd anniversary of Windrush (‘Windrush Day’), when in 500 migrants arrived at Tilbury Docks in London, from Jamaica via Bermuda, Trinidad, Cuba, Mexico (Polish refugees living there) in 1948.   Amongst them were 86 children. Have you ever wondered how they passed the time during the journey? Why not Zoom In this Thursday, 18th June‬ for a Windrush-themed WAPPY Lockdown Life ‪session. To celebrate Windrush Day,  in partnership with Ealing Council, (No Learner Left Behind), Community Empowerment Network (CEN) & Oshun Training & Curriculum Development as part of the council’s ‘No Learner Left Behind’s initiative, we are organising a Windrush-themed WAPPY ‪to inspire visual and written narratives for Ealing Council to launch on Windrush Day.  

Visitors are invited to share real and imagined stories, rhymes and their memories of ring games.  ‪4.30 pm-5.30 pm‬ is for ages 4-11s; we will create cardboard/paper cut-out, Windrush boats and people plus a new, adapted ‘Bust a Rhyme’ ring game. From 5.45 pm -7.30 pm ages 12-18/WAPPY Pioneers are welcome to join in for a Windrush/Black History & West London quiz, storytelling and a chance for the Windrush generation and elders to share our ‘back home’/childhood 'ring and rhyming games’. We will end with a family-centred Mindfulness activity. Using visual artwork, poetry, stories, film and voice-overs we will explore the ring and clapping games the child/ren travellers on the Windrush played to pass their time en route from the Caribbean to London.  

If new to the Lockdown Life sessions then please do get in touch to request the Sign In details via Parents of under 18-year olds will need to also complete and email me back the Registration form before the session.

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