Broxbourne Council has been named as one of 50 local authorities and community groups to receive a share of a £500,000 grant to commemorate and celebrate the outstanding contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants.

The annual programme, launched by government in June 2018, encourages communities across the country to commemorate the Windrush story on the day dedicated in its honour, 22 June, in addition to other Windrush commemoration and educational efforts that may take place throughout the year.

From the total grant, the Council received £7,000 which will be used to host Caribbean cultural workshops in primary schools across the Borough as well as assemblies in secondary schools. Workshops will include steel pan drumming, Caribbean ‘carnival’ dance and song and quilt making.  In addition, there are also plans to use part of the fund to host Windrush themed activities at this year’s ‘Celebrating Our Community Event’, a festival dedicated to commemorating diversity in the Borough. This year’s event takes place on Sunday 29 July in Waltham Cross town centre.

Rebecca Kinder, from The Society of Caribbeans and Africans (Broxbourne) said, “We are really excited to have the opportunity to educate and highlight such an important cultural and historical event that greatly represents a modern and multicultural Britain of which members of our community form part of.

“It’s important that we continue to keep the history of the Windrush Generation alive, and recognise today’s contributions by their descendants by continuing to educate children and other members of the community about the inspiring legacy left behind.”

Windrush Day marks the anniversary of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush at the Port of Tilbury, near London, on 22 June 1948. The arrival of the Empire Windrush over 70 years ago marked a seminal moment in Britain’s history and has come to represent the rich diversity of this nation.

The people who arrived on the Empire Windrush, their descendants and those who followed them have made and continue to make an enormous contribution to Britain, not just in the vital work of rebuilding the country and public services following WWII but in enriching the country’s shared social, economic, cultural and religious life.

Communities Minister Lord Bourne said “Many congratulations to the successful bidders. The standard and range of bids has been very high, demonstrating a real enthusiasm to mark Windrush Day.

“I look forward to seeing the fantastic events and schemes they put on and encourage communities across the country to take part and celebrate Windrush Day 2019."

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