Rook Lane Arts Trust
Current Projects and Partnerships
Home of our Delight: Mells & the First World War
2015 - 16 (now ended)
Thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Rook Lane Arts Trust has been able to explore the impact of the First World War on the village of Mells throughout 2015 and 2016.
The Home of our Delight project culminated in a major exhibition at Rook Lane Chapel in September 2016, a new project website, and new village walks in Mells.
Although the exhibition is now ended, the Home of our Delight website provides lots of information about the project, and downloadable pdfs of the exhibition panels and booklet.
The Home of our Delight village walks are accessible anytime, either by picking up a leaflet in Mells Community Shop or St Andrews Church, or by downloading the digital walk from the Home of our Delight website.
‘Home of our Delight’ refers to the inscription on the village war memorial, penned by poet laureate Robert Bridges. The memorial remembers twenty one men from Mells and surrounding villages lost in the First World War. ‘Home of our Delight’ marks the centenary of the loss of three of the men listed on one terrible weekend in September 1916 at the Somme: Raymond Asquith, Edward Horner, Tom King and Edward Vranch.
We are very grateful to the many national and local organisations, individuals and volunteers who have helped us uncover this very special history, and to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding the project.
About Rook Lane Arts Trust
Rook Lane Arts Trust was set up in 2002 and, with the support of NVB Architects, established an exciting programme of events and exhibitions at Rook Lane Chapel. During this time the trust developed strong ties with the community and established a vibrant Classical and Jazz music programme. National and local exhibitions of exceptional quality have been staged ranging from Peter Blake’s alphabet series, Richard Wood’s floor installation and Royal Photographic exhibition to local schools and art groups – Frome Art Society, Artists 303, Old Bakery Artists and Wessex Photographic Society. The film club and many lectures have also become established as firm favourites in the Rook Lane programme. The trust has completed many excellent projects with funding help from many sources including Heritage Lottery fund, Awards for All, Ernest Cook, Flourish Homes, Garfield Weston and Frome Town council. Rook Lane 300 celebrating the 300 anniversary of the building, Bridging the World – uncovering the links between Frome and the Forth Rail Bridge through the achievements of Frome-born engineer Benjamin Baker, and the Break 3- crop circles and educational projects working with the Frome Community Learning Partnership are particular highlights. Please do look at the links to the projects to find out more.
Since 2013 the trust has been free to concentrate on its primary purpose of initiating projects to promote the ‘Education of the public in all aspects of the Arts’. We continue to work in partnership with a wide range of organisations to scope and deliver imaginative and ambitious projects meeting these aims both for local people and audiences from further afield.
Throughout 2011 / 2012 / 2013
Getting creative with numbers with Frome area schools.
Through the Woods, Darkly
The power of the fairytale in pictures, words, film and storytelling.
Bridging the World: Benjamin Baker
Frome and the Forth Bridge. What's the connection?
Frome Tree of Life
Community art and the new Frome Hospital.
Rook Lane Chapel 300
"Say brother fanatics what led you to Frome?" Celebrating 300 years of Rook Lane Chapel.
Storywalks: Frome and Villages
Oct 2014 - July 2015
Storywalks focuses on active, multisensory writing, and the potential of taking gadgets outdoors to inspire literacy. Storywalks has already received a Shine Trust award for its innovative education potential, and now, through a partnership between Norton St Philip and Rode First Schools and Rook Lane Arts Trust, geo-located stories are growing in a further three schools, alongside the development of a new Storywalks project website.
It culminated in the Rook Lane Arts Trust exhibition and activity programme 'Shapeshifting and Storywalking' during Frome Festival 2015, exploring the project in the surroundings of Rook Lane Chapel.
This exciting work is being funded by the following trusts and foundations: Shine, Esmee Fairbairn, Ernest Cook and Garfield Weston.
Chris Jelley (Storywalks) Claire Vowell (Primary Literacy Lead) Jo Plimmer (Project co-ordinator) Lucia Harley (Curator) Lisa Kenwright (Storyteller)