Bromford Hub takes centre stage for Shakespeare Parade
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A group of customers from Stratford’s ‘Hub’, a service providing activities and support for people with learning disabilities, will be taking part in this weekend’s (Sat 26 Apr) Shakespeare’s Birthday Parade thanks to an exciting project organised by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).
The RSC arranged a series of sessions with London based artist Georgia Jacobs to help ten adults along with volunteers and staff get hands on with arts and crafts to learn more about Shakespeare and what the parade means for Stratford.
The drama and crafts sessions have culminated with the group getting a center spot in the Birthday Parade, along with three other local community groups, followed by their very own float ‘Titiana, Queen of the Fairies.”
Jessica Tunley, Stratford Hub Advisor for Bromford, is proud that the Hub will be featuring so prominently in this week’s parade.
She said; “We were honored to have been chosen to take part in the project leading up to Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Parade. Nicky from The Royal Shakespeare Company arranged for artist Georgia to travel from London to carry out the sessions with our customers. They chose a theme that represents the Hub and have had great fun designing and making structures and costumes to wear on the day.
“All the team are very excited to be involved in the parade and as a learning disability service it means a lot to us to be featured. We have worked very hard over the past year and a half to become a strong part of the Stratford community and think this is great recognition for our customers.”
Nicky Cox, Events Coordinator for the Royal Shakespeare Company is happy that the ‘People’s Pageant’ will be so prominent in the birthday celebrations.
“Today has been the final rehearsals for Bromford’s Hub and it looks like they’ll put on a fantastic show. The pageant will be led by Coventry’s famous Lady Godiva puppet followed by four groups representing our community and their own Titania puppet.
“The RSC was originally approached by the local Citizens Advice Bureau for the idea, who put us in touch with the groups. We started by sending the artist Georgia Jacobs out to meet them and gather ideas, which led to her creating Titania.
“The whole idea is about bringing new people who may not usually get to experience the thrill of parade day right into the heart of it, and celebrate their personality. Stratford is about more than just Shakespeare, it’s a vibrant place with lots of unique people living here.”
The Shakespeare Birthday Parade will move off Chapel Lane at 10.30am, with the People’s Pageant joining the procession from Bridge Street at 11.30am.
The Stratford Hub from Bromford, a leading social business in the Midlands has recently seen it’s future secured until 2015.
Based at Stratford-Upon-Avon Cricket Club, Swans Nest Lane, the Hub offers range of activities and drop in support for adults with learning disabilities. For more information visit www.bromford.co.uk/hubs or contact Jessica Tunley on 07436 800 956. You can also follow the Hub on twitter @HUBStratford.