WUC displays 100 silk flags as part of 'Chelmsford 100'

July 2022

Image for press release - People carrying batik silk flags
(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

On Saturday 16th July, 100 batik silk flags fluttered in one large, outdoor display on Writtle University College's (WUC's) countryside estate.

The flags were part of 'Chelmsford 100', a new mobile celebration of community, creativity, environment and volunteering.

The community development project has been led by Chelmsford CVS in collaboration with Kinetika, the internationally renowned arts charity, and a wide range of individuals, community and wellbeing groups.

Together they worked to create hand-painted silk flags that tell the stories of Chelmsford. 

Writtle University College (WUC) contributed ten flags, designed and painted by its talented students, with the support of the Kinetika team. Each one represented a different subject area, taught on WUC's campus.

Throughout summer and autumn 2022, Chelmsford 100 aims to complete multiple walks around the Chelmsford area, that will cover 100 miles in total.

Essex Search and Rescue is a voluntary group that assists the police with searching for vulnerable and missing people. Team member H said: "We were asked to do a couple of flags for the Chelmsford 100 and we also mapped out the walks to cover the one hundred miles. It's been absolutely great taking part in this and supporting other community groups across Chelmsford."

Volunteers met at WUC's campus before embarking on a short, two-mile walk, around the countryside campus. Each walker carried a flag.

Samuel Awodipe, represented Chelmsford Community Support Centre. The group was founded around 15 years ago and works to support BAME people in the local area. He said: "What can you do to help one another? What can you do to ensure we have a multicultural, successful society? That is what we are here to do".

Artist Elaine Tribley worked to create the flags. She added: "It's been fantastic working with a variety of communities and feeling and seeing everyone's passion for the project, and having the opportunity to draw and paint!"