Our Tuesdays Till Two talks, a.k.a. the “Church of Ideas”, will be returning on February 24th. The season of five talks will offer an opportunity to learn about the work of some of the most influential organisations working in and for Peterborough. Our speakers have been asked to talk about ways in which volunteers can get involved, or ways in which their organisation can assist volunteers locally. After the talks there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Admission is free, but we do ask those attending to make a donation of £3, if they are able, to help cover our costs. From noon onwards before each talk volunteers from The Green Backyard will be providing refreshments including home made cakes, buns, and scones.
24th February Brian Pearce, Railworld “How volunteering changed my life”
Brian, one of 11 children, ventured south from Grimsby in 1965 to take up an apprenticeship at Perkins Engines. He started volunteering early in 1971 when he by chance met Rev Richard Paten, who just happened to have brought a steam engine from British Railways a couple of years earlier… Brian became one of the founder members of the NVR, where he is still a member.
Later Richard bought the land that was to become Railworld. In 1995, Brian, impressed by the habitat creation/wildlife havens that Perkins had recently built, decided to build one at Railworld. His initial estimate suggested a one year project…
3rd March Carly Leonard, PECT “The city and the environment”
Carly Leonard, CEO of the Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), will discuss how our perception of the City and the environment as either separate or the same could influence our responses. She will describe projects that PECT are leading on with businesses, schools and communities and how people can get involved.
Carly joined PECT, the charity behind Peterborough’s annual Green Festival, as its new chief executive in October 2014 after several years as executive director at Sustainability East.
10th March Mark Richards and Sarah Haythornthwaite, Metal Peterborough “Engaging communities through the arts”
Mark Richards is Director of Metal in Peterborough. With 8 years at Arts Council England, Mark joined Metal in 2013 and not long after moved to the city. He has a wealth of knowledge of the East region, of funding and artists development. Sarah Haythornthwaite also joined Metal in 2013 and is now full time Senior Project Manager. Sarah previously worked as Arts Service Manager for Vivacity, The Bluecoat in Liverpool and Knowsley Borough Council developing collaborative relationships between artists and new audiences.
Arts organisation Metal came to Peterborough in 2012 and has had permanent staff here since 2013. Metal likes to take a developmental approach to local creativity and talent – training, mentoring and supporting the growth of knowledge and capacity, encouraging cross-art form and cross-community conversations and sharing of knowledge. Metal also creates its own projects – large in scale, high in impact and involving a wide number of participants and audience from all walks of life. So far this has included Upon This Rock lantern parade (2013) and #MetalBillboard, 100 Journals and the Hoarding exhibition in 2014. Our speakers will use these projects to outline some of the approaches Metal has taken to actively listening and engaging the local community. Mark and Sarah will also introduce plans for ambitious mass-participatory projects in 2015 and 2016 and outline opportunities for local, national and international artists.
17th March Steve Bowyer, Opportunity Peterborough “10 years back/10 years forward – Reflection on Peterborough’s growth and future”
With 25 years’ experience in the built environment, Steve Bowyer has been involved with major heritage and urban regeneration initiatives in a variety of locations. More recently he has led the team delivering economic growth in Peterborough, where he is acting chief executive of the local economic development company, Opportunity Peterborough. Over the last 18 months, Steve has been director of the Future Cities Demonstrator programme, leading a transformation in Peterborough’s approach to innovation, growth and sustainability.
24th March Kevin Tighe, chief executive of Vivacity
We are still awaiting details of Kevin’s talk. Vivacity is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with charitable status and manages many of Peterborough’s culture and leisure facilities on behalf of Peterborough City Council, including the Key Theatre, the museum and gallery, ten libraries. Flag Fen, and a number of leisure centres. After a varied career that included 15 years at Sport England, Kevin Tighe has been chief executive of Vivacity since 2010 and was a key player in its creation.
After March 24th we will be taking a break for Easter, before Tuesdays Till Two returns later in April for another season of lunchtime recitals. Stay tuned for information about the performers. These will take us up to the end of May, and then we will have two more talks in June.
On June 2nd we will have a talk about the history and work of the British Transport Police, and on June 16th will feature local poetry collective “Poets United”, who will be delivering a Magna Carta themed set of poems to celebrate the 800th anniversary of its signing in June 1215.