Thanks for volunteering as coordinators!
Below are some ideas of what we thought groups might organise/arrange – please do get back to us with other ideas (e.g. post comments).
|Event||Local Offa-ings||"Offa-ing ideas" An event where local schools, clubs, groups, etc. are invited along to see the designs with cakes, coffees/teas (and perhaps judge them?) and the Micro-CoSMM scrapbook (or online blog from the web site from the things you have sent us)|
Raffle, cakes, refreshments, projector, organised walk, playing our Podcasts, etc.
|Venue, permission, funding, etc.||None
|Event||Crafty Offa-ings||Arrange an arts and crafts day that is Offa's/Wat's dyke related. |
Initially at the Offa's Dyke Centre (later at other locations on along the dyke), the event could last no more than 6 hours (10am-4pm) and have a small art exhibition of photographs, painting, sculptures, etc. with "guess the location" raffle and refreshments with cakes based on the dyke(s), Saxons, dyke creation, etc.
Prizes to the best 3 public artworks or cakes and the nearest correct answer for the location of the artwork.
|Coffee/tea-making facilities, plates and cutlery, table wear, facilities for displaying the artwork (telly for multimedia displays if necessary).||Generic health and safety for the venue and public access to hot food & drink
Tidying up afterwards
|Experimental||Design a dyke||Experimental archaeology: Get the local schools/colleges/clubs, etc. to design a dyke looking at the designs from the archaeological record.|
Design a dyke that could be built at a local venue perhaps - even a model at a school
|Pens, paper, modeling tools, etc.||
|Experimental||Build a dyke||Experimental archaeology: 3m by 5m deep with the ramp up the 5m stretch at an angle to the viewing point so the visitors can see the dyke and what it showed and obscured|
Ideally the first would be at the Knighton Offa's Dyke Centre with a camera from the centre looking at the structure and taking photos periodically - time-lapse or streaming video
|Timber, chalk, soil, mattock, safety gear (from local builders?), manpower (local builders?), etc.||Data Protection
Local authority permission, warning signs, heritage notice board, etc. (aided by and through the project)
|Liaison||Local contacts||Please list the local contacts in schools, colleges, clubs, associations, colleges, guide/scout groups, local press, local businesses (perhaps for sponsorship), etc. that you feel would be helpful||Notes||None
|Liaison||Micro-CoSMM meetings||Organise meetings between us and the CoSMM.coordinators and invite other locals to show what's been done - using resources you've fed back to CoSMMOut|
Could be via Skype or Facebook chat or a mixture of, say, Offa's Dyke Centre meeting room and online chat/skype
|To Be Decided |
Venue if necessary
|Liaison||Project updates/liasison||Liaison with us about ideas you or your group has had.|
Anything of interest in the local area?
Any concerns about planning, etc. that we may be able to help with
|Venue, skype/social media||None
|Project||Chain Reaction||A group of volunteers photograph themselves on the dyke from distances of 20m between people (the 1st at a fixed point). |
Then turn around and photograph the person behind them
|Digital camera's or smartphones||Data Protection
Care to time it photos so the 'next' person you are photographing stays still until the shot is taken.
Ensure the (rough) distance is noted
|Project||Personal Historys||Kids (with chaparone if necessary) take recording devices and interview older local residents to see what they remember about living near the dyke and when their forefathers (and/or friends) took them to walk or play around the dyke||Pen & paper|
recorder (smartphone or other hand-held recorder)
Accompanied by adult/chaparone/teacher
|Project||Fixed point photography||At fixed points along the dyke, take photos towards the 4 points of the compass.|
Note the time and date (time of year) and in what direction for each photo in a log
Photos to be taken at regular intervals (say, once per month?)
Note: Fixed points to be discussed by CoSMM & coordinators with Offa's Dyke Path officer
|Camera or smartphone||Ensure the notes are made of the direction, date and time
Ensure they are on the path not the monument where possible
Offa's Dyke Ale
|Contact a local brewery with the ODA-at-50 logo to put on one or more ales (about 3% - 5% hoppy to strong session)||To Be Decided||Cost
|Project||Viewpoint photography||Like Fixed Point Photgraphy but taken from away from the dyke towards the fixed point||Camera or smartphone||Ensure the notes are made of which fixed point, date and time
Ensure they are not on the monument where possible
|Outreach||50 events in the 50th anniversary||To Be Decided||Costs
Advertising news of the events
Calendar and news coverage