The Rendezvous Club

Second meeting, Sunday January 7th 2007
Theme of the walk: Private Property

The club were provided with an information pack (including a map, itinerary and information about the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass of 1932) and invited to talk to those they had not met before. They walked around Canvey Heights clockwise and were shown the points of interest marked out on the map. They then walked down to the gates and were photographed with their new acquaintances, and their topics of conversation noted.

For the second month running, the club then decided to make a change to the tour guide's itinerary and went into King's Caravan Park (a private residential home park / gated community) at that point rather than at the end. The club gained access through the rear gates by kind invitation of one of the members who is a Kings resident. After a walk around the park and some refreshment in the bar, we were informed that residents had complained about our use of the back gate, and that we should in future use the front gate and sign in.

After the visit to Kings the club went on to see the Corner Club and the Canvey Club, along with the now closed Kynochs Club, all on the High Street. They were also shown the secret whereabouts of the item shown in a photograph given to them in their members' packs, and then finished at the location of the original Rendezvous Club on Larup Avenue.

On behalf of all the members of the Rendezvous Club, many thanks to Ann Walsh for her help with organising this event.

above photograph courtesy Dave Bullock

above photograph courtesy Dave Bullock

The Rendezvous Club is the first part of Lucy Harrison’s project as part of ‘Art U Need’ on Canvey Island and is a celebration of shared open spaces on the island, which along with neighbouring Benfleet has the highest rate of owner occupation in the UK. The club will meet at 2pm on the first Sunday of every month at the gates of Canvey Heights Country Park, Creek Road, Canvey Island, Essex. Although called a club, there are no membership restrictions, and residents, new arrivals and visitors are invited to partake in walks, conversation and enjoyment of the views over the Thames Estuary. Membership cards will be provided. In case of bad weather the club may retire to a nearby hostelry.

'Art U Need: An Outdoor Revolution', curated by renegade artist Bob & Roberta Smith, is galvanising communities to regenerate neglected open spaces in the Thames Gateway.
The Rendezvous Club is called after a social club on Canvey Island which was burnt down in the 1930s. Canvey Heights Country Park was opened 2 years ago and was constructed by capping a former landfill site.