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The Field Theatre Group are continuing their major project entitled The Horseman's Word. The project explores the social history and folk practices of the legendary 'horse whisperers' of East Anglia. The group are working in partnership with museums across Fenland bringing together a highly professional and experienced team. 

The Arts Award is a national qualification which supports young people in their development as artists and arts leaders. Doing an Arts Award will help young people to develop their creative skills and ability to communicate well and lead projects. The Arts Award is useful for getting further education opportunities in the arts and in other fields. 

You can achieve the Arts Award if you are aged 11-25 and take part in the arts at your school or youth project, or with an arts organisation or youth arts scheme. If you are a young person you can take the Arts Award by getting involved with ADeC youth projects. www.artsaward.org.uk

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The YPL Top Floor Studios s is an exciting Music Project based at the YPL Centre in Littleport.  Phil Malkin, Manager for Young People Littleport, contacted Nathan Jones of ADeC about converting the disused upstairs space in their community centre, into a multi-purpose music facility for people of all ages to use.  After a successful application to Youth Music, funding was awarded to the project, which allowed work to begin.  After months of building work, and with a lot of help from volunteers & local musicians, the Music Rooms opened to the public in September 2011.  We are now a year into the project, which has been a huge success so far!

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Thanks to generous funding from the co-operative membership community fund, young people have the chance to be involved in an exciting new project based in Jubilee Gardens on Ely’s riverside. 

Over the past ten years, the award winning gardens have matured into a wonderful space where you can relax, enjoy the many plants, admire artworks, listen to live music or indulge in a picnic. This is in no small part due to the hard work and commitment of the Friends of Jubilee Gardens team who have now secured this funding to allow young people to make a positive contribution to the gardens in 2012. 

The project, coordinated by ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire), is called ‘yourspace’; a title intended to highlight the fact that young people will be given a unique opportunity to take part of the gardens and make it theirs for an event or display.

ADeC supports and engages diverse rural communities and young people in East Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas through creative & cultural activity led by professional artists and creative practitioners. We have successfully delivered a range of high quality arts initiatives, training and support as well as delivering the Arts Award accreditation for young people. The aims of our arts development programme are: 

  • increase participation in cultural & creative activity 
  • develop creative skills & lifelong learning
  • improve health & wellbeing for communities
    and young people 
  • create safer and stronger communities

Our arts development programme and projects are delivered in partnership with other arts and non-arts organisations.


Family Adams Project 2011 - 2012


A seven month community project celebrating Fifty Years of a Fenland Community based around the J H Adams Ironmongers shop in the heart of Littleport culminated in a successful celebration weekend for the Village.

The Word Garden, a not-for-profit community group, working in partnership with ADeC (Arts Development East Cambridgeshire) created a public and interactive archive of village activities with funding from a Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Family Adams Project has re-created a unique time in the history of the shop, 1880-1930, when at the height of its international reputation in the skating world, supplying the world famous Hagen skates and its social and cultural significance was second to none. 

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