BERA AGM - 15th March 2018

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BERA Open Gardens Event - 17th June 2017


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We would like to advise you of some of the forthcoming events and activities organised as part of the 125th Anniversary of the incorporation of Southend on Sea Borough Council.   We hope that you might be able to attend some of these events.


Saturday 10th June, 4pm & 6pm – Belfairs Woodland Centre

“Per Mare per Ecclesiam” – a free, live performance with storytelling, theatre and music celebrating moments in time throughout Southend’s 125 years as an incorporated borough.  This newly commissioned work explores how Southend has developed since 1892, presenting the stories of some of the people who visited or settled in the town over the years.  The production, by local theatrical company Pinpoint Create incorporates work from some primary schools. 


Poppies: Wave – Closing Day Events

Sunday 25th June, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm – Poppies: Wave – Barge Pier, Gunners Park

“Merry It Was To Laugh There” – Jubilant Productions will present poems and diary readings from their critically acclaimed 2014 production “Merry It Was To Laugh There.”  The production includes poetry from the Front and the Home Front and extracts from the diary of Captain K C Buchanan.   These poignant and thought-provoking short performances will be an evocative complement to Poppies: Wave.


Sunday 25th June, 7pm – Poppies: Wave – Barge Pier, Gunners Park

Never Forget” – A work composed by local musician Roger Humphrey in 2016 with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund.  Sections of this work will be performed by adult choirs and the Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs accompanied by Rayleigh Brass. 


Sunday 25th June, c8pm – Poppies: Wave – Barge Pier, Gunners Park

The Last Post – Local community musicians of all ages have been playing The Last Post as soloists or occasionally duets every night at 7pm.  On the final day as many of these musicians as possible will come together to perform The Last Post and Sunset en masse.


Flower Festival – Priory Park – 25th August – 1st September, Prittlewell Priory, Priory Park

To celebrate the centenary of Priory Park a free week long flower show will be held in the grounds of Prittlewell Priory. The week will see the announcement of the winners from both the allotment and the Make Southend Sparkle competitions announced. There will also be the unveiling of the newly refurbished Priory Park gates.


Sunday 24th September, 3-6pm - Royal Pavilion, Southend Pier

Silk River - As part of a year-long programme marking the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and the cultural relationship with the UK, Silk River is an ambitious project which explores the unique relationship between London and Kolkata through artistic exchange between communities along the Thames Estuary and India’s Hooghly River.  The culmination of this ambitious project takes place in the Royal Pavilion, where the Silk scrolls from the project will be exhibited, alongside dancing and community arts events.


Southend will be the final destination of the UK part of this stunning project – the day will start at 10:00am at Leigh train station with the scrolls being walked through the borough before arriving at the Royal Pavilion around 3pm for music, dance and food. For catering purposes, if you would like to attend the Silk River event on 24th September, please confirm your attendance using the Poppies inbox: