Intergenerational project builds on Olympic Park legacy

Date: Thursday 22 January 2015

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A cookery book made for an intergenerational project, which brought together older local Stratford residents with pupils from Chobham Academy in Newham, has been completed and was launched at a special event at Chobham Manor on Tuesday 20th January.

From September to December 2014 a group of year 9 pupils from Chobham Academy and 10 local people 55+ worked together on a cookery project with artists from intergenerational arts charity Magic Me.

Holly Stratton, Programme Director at Magic Me, says: “Newham has changed a lot in the past few years and it is important that different generations have a space to reflect on this together, sharing their stories and thoughts on the local area with each other. At Magic Me we aim to enable these types of conversations through creative activity.”

Funded by Chobham Manor LLP, a joint venture between ourselves and L&Q, one of London’s largest residential developers, to build the first new neighbourhood on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the scheme gave participants a space to explore themes around culture and identity, and to share their stories and experiences of their local area.

The project gave space for different generations in Stratford to meet, make, cook and share ideas and together. Over the weeks the groups came up with content for their very own recipe book – ‘Recipes for Success’. The recipe book brings together the group’s work, displaying the artwork, stories and recipes that have been made and shared. 

Belinda Moreau-Jones, Project Lead, Community Regeneration and Partnerships for L&Q and spokesperson for the Chobham Manor project team, says: “We are very proud of the Recipes for Success project as it encapsulates our aim to foster a strong and cohesive community around our Chobham Manor development.

“Together with our partners we will continue to invest in the area’s valuable social fabric, bringing people together of all ages and backgrounds to ensure a bright legacy for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”

The group met for weekly sessions. Some weeks they worked in the workshops learning new skills, using drills and saws to make giant kebabs and needle work to make fruit shaped cushions. Other weeks they were in the kitchen coming up with new recipes, teaching others their own and experimenting with new ideas.

A spokesperson for Chobham Academy says: “The selected students from Chobham Academy are very proud and privileged to be part of such a successful, collaborative celebration of art work and recipes from the old to new.”

An older participant of the Magic Me Recipes for Success project says: “The sessions have given us opportunities for finding out about each other. It’s nice to have that interaction with the young ones.”

A copy of the recipe book will shortly be available for free download from Magic Me’s website at