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Rochford residents invited to take part in creative summer of fun

14 July 2016
Young residents taking part in another Maureen’s Gift-funded creative project with Hayley Elizabeth Photography earlier this month.

Young people across Rayleigh and Rochford are in for a creative summer thanks to free art and photography workshops funded by Rochford Housing.

Creative workshops

Taking place from 4-6 August, the first series of three creative workshops for young Rochford Housing residents will see participants take part in a range of exciting activities, including baseball cap design, paperweight decorating and kite-making. Attendees will also get the chance to take a trip to Gusted Hall Woods in Hockley to search for the Hobbit House.

Photography course

Four sessions to be held from 9-14 August will make up the second part of the programme with a photography course for children living in the Essex Close area of Rayleigh. Youngsters will get snappy learning how to use cameras, before taking tours around Rayleigh to capture some of the town’s most famous sights.


An exhibition to showcase the young peoples’ photography is set to take place later in the year, and attendees will get the chance to craft some eye-catching frames during the course to display their pictures in.

Book a place

Both sets of workshops are open to young people aged 8-13. Availability is limited so anyone interested needs to book a place by calling Hayley Elizabeth on 07872 664462.

Emma Keegan, managing director of Rochford Housing, said: “Rochford young people are certainly in for a summer of creative fun! These are both engaging community-led projects which are set to capture the interest of local youngsters, and I would encourage people to book a place.”

Hayley Elizabeth added: “As a professional photographer, there’s nothing I enjoy more than passing on my creative skills to keen young people, and Rochford Housing’s donation is helping us to achieve that aim.”