A temple burn event to remember the life of Charley Bates at a heartfelt gathering

The community of Radstock has come together to remember the life of Charley Bates, tragically lost due to knife crime last year. Little Lost Robot worked with a team of young people and friends and family of Charley over the summer, in partnership with Youth Connect South West, Radstock Town Council and Bath Spa University, supported by Arts Council England, to create a one of a kind temple-burn artwork and fire experience. Many young creatives contributed artwork to the piece along with memories and messages to Charley and loved ones no longer with us. The piece was set alight during a heartfelt gathering at the rear of the Swallows Cafe on 2 September. 

The ‘temple burn’ was accompanied by an aerial fire hoop performance by Helina Griffiths and represents an emotional milestone in Radstock’s new placemaking and cultural program, including installing a commemorative bench designed and hand-carved by young people at Youth Connect South West and the launch of a new community arts space, coming to Radstock soon.

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