Please allow me to introduce you to the wonderful realm of Seething! Within the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames a group of slightly crazy, increasingly passionate and effortlessly creative people have been for some time producing hair brained schemes to raise money for charity, and to bring the community together.
From over sized board games to festivals and parades this group of merry Seething folk have successfully developed a long list of annual community events. Exploring local histories, the folk of Seething adapt, develop and create events that focus on community involvement. With each Seething project important messages are delivered; that of the importance of celebrating achievement, supporting the local community and local business as well as sharing in the joys that creating and making can bring.
The next Seething event has been running for four years and thus I am given the greatest pleasure of introducing to you this duo of crazy, exciting and most of all fun community events to take place as part of Seething Sunday on Sunday 14th October. This year we will be raising money for two brilliant charities; Shooting Star’s Children’s Hospice and Creative Youth.
The first of this duo turns the science of traditional skiing on its head and celebrates the new international craze of ‘Suburban Skiing’. Surbiton Ski Sunday is an annual event located on St Mark’s Hill in Surbiton and invites members of the community to attach over-sized ice cubes to their feet in an attempt to be the fastest ‘skier’.
Chief organiser of these magical events’ Robin Hutchinson said “Few people will be able to resist smiling or laughing when they see people skiing down St Mark’s Hill in Surbiton with ice strapped to their feet. Last year no World Records in Suburban Skiing were broken but following the magnificent displays at the Olympics we are expecting records to tumble.”
This hilarious and utterly fantastic event will commence at 11 o’clock on the morning of the 14th October coming to an end at around 1 o’clock in the afternoon at which time members of the realm of seething (of which we all are) will be invited to join a parade en route to celebrate and re-enact the tale of the Kings Soup.
This new ‘folk tale’ was published in 2010 by Homage de Fromage. The Kings Soup encompasses the concepts of all the projects within the realm of Seething and highlights the positive difference an individual can make through their attitude to where they live and how they respond to others. The story’s themes are those of greed and selflessness, of the joy of making rather than owning, of the benefits of locally produced food as well as of the value of community celebration and sharing.
And so in the afternoon of the 14th October, people are invited to bring along a leek or a potato and together the community will build a giant table and prepare, make and share the King’s Soup.
The villain of this ‘folk tale’ is a selfish King who is feared by his people because he takes everything that is good. However, although his Palace is full, his heart is empty. Through a series of events he tastes a simple, lovingly made soup that changes his heart. He learns to appreciate the sense of achievement and joy that growing, creating and making can bring. Through this he begins to understand the value of friendship and community.
Robin Hutchinson – chief organiser of this event went on to say “… what a great way to round off a morning of exercise than by coming together to make and share soup and remember why community is important. We hope as many people as possible will come along to join in the fun.”
All events created by the folks of Seething are open for anyone to take part. You are invited to register for the skiing before the event and you can do that by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read more about other projects we have produced by visiting our website: http://www.seethingwells.org
You can also follow us on twitter: @stateofseething
You can buy this amazing folk tale by following this link !