Art U Need: An Outdoor Revolution: The Rendezvous Club
February meeting, Sunday 4th February
Theme of the walk: Rumour

February’s suggested topic of conversation was Rumour. The group were given maps and itineraries, this month including a list of rumours collected by Lucy over the past few months on Canvey. After the regular walk around the park the group posed for the front cover of the guidebook, using a placard painted by Canvey signwriter Bob 'the Brush' Gibbons. Following this the group continued around the sea wall to the south, discussing amongst other things whether or not the rumours were true, and finishing in the 'Fantasy Island' cafe on the seafront. Some rumours may be spread by the group on Canvey during the forthcoming week.

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.