To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the arrival of the Empire of Windrush, through the kind support of Lottery funding, CDI rana host of engaging intergenerational events that educated and told the Windrush story.

Many of us may know or have heard about the Windrush Generation who arrived at the Port of Tilbury on 21 and disembarked on 22 June 1948. The ship carried 492 Caribbean migrants, many of them veterans of the Second World War. This was the start of the generation from the Commonwealth countries (at that time), to help rebuild the country as there was a shortage of labour.

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The CDI Youth Project expertly delivered workshops via a host of tutors, including the exuberant Natty and were attended by juniors and seniors with an array of skills and knowledge gleaned. Workshops on Folklore, Music, Creative writing, Poetry, Photography and Food from the Islands were run. While Great fun was also had at Cookery workshops, Mask and T-shirt designing and Music jamming sessions.

Natty, who is an African Folklore Archivist and teacher delivered a Senior Windrush workshops on Music, Poetry and fruits of the Island at the Clockhouse Project. There were many activities throughout including intergenerational baking and games.

Events culminated in a Special Windrush performance, held at the Barn, with the acquired skills and historical knowledge of Windrush being shared with an audience of friends and family.

Please see the following Windrush Poster and Video detailing the activities run.