Chichele College Garden
a place for contemplation, recreation and education
by Barbara Rawcliffe
Barbara Rawcliffe is an artist who works in stitch and paint. Her work reflects her concern at the exploitation of nature, loss of habitat and climate change through structured pieces, paint and hand stitch.
This body of work is an emotional response that links the past to the present based on the area around Raunds and Higham Ferrers. She regularly walks ancient byways and roads collecting natural materials that she makes into dyes and inks for her hangings. Rawcliffe uses a process that involves dyeing and printing using rust and tea. The marks are then over stitched using simple stitches to create an almost 3D effect. Occasionally she uses a printed or stitched text to make reference to the times we live in.
Please remember to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules - all current government recommended safety measures will be in place
Dance at Chichele College
by former Ferrers School student Kitty Denton
Kitty performed (Silent) Siren both inside the college and in the college garden.
Click here to see her beautiful performance (Videographer: Jack Woodhams)
This piece of work is in collaboration with Anthony Missin, founder of Company Chameleon, and is Kitty’s graduation performance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. The solo explorer the characteristics of a temptress; alluring and seductive yet fragile and defeated.
Chichele College Garden
The newly created medieval-style garden was a community project initiated by the Higham Ferrers Tourism, Business and Community Partnership funded by a National Lottery Community Spaces grant and the generosity of the local community.
Sadly, in line with government advice to reduce social contact to stop the spread of Coronavirus, we have decided to postpone our large group events until further notice.
The building may be closed for the foreseeable future but please take the opportunity to walk around the walled garden with its ancient ruin and foundations.
It’s a very special place; a Scheduled Monument which has considerable historical significance to the town and many who visit the site are enchanted by its spiritual atmosphere.
In these uncertain and challenging times, it is heart-warming that it can serve as a place of peace and tranquillity.
Chichele College Exhibitions
From April to November, many local artists exhibit and sell their work in this historic building. Entry is free.
LIVE at Chichele College
You can listen for free to our summer season of live music, presented in association with Higham Ferrers Town Council.
Come along at any time …
The garden is open all year round, and all events are free of charge.
Pupils visit the college …
Higham Ferrers Junior School pupils had a wonderful time visiting Chichele College as part of the living history of Higham Ferrers. They were all given an opportunity to:
sketch in the medieval gardens
use a quill and ink to write with
watch the Higham Ferrers Charter video
take a History quiz
look at artefacts and try on helmets from WW2
plant bulbs (yellow and red for Henry Chichele's colours).
Some comments from pupils during the week:
Jenna, "The garden was really cool seeing all the old things."
Isabelle, "I loved trying on the hats and sketching the big gate."
Lucy, "The film was very creative."
"The garden was nice and peaceful." Rachel.
Katie, "I liked planting the flower bulbs, it was a bit dirty but fun."