Anti-Violence Bee Monument

The Anti-Violence Bee Monument makes a beeline for Crewe in May 2024!

  • Thursday 2nd May – Thursday 30th May 2024
  • Memorial Square, Crewe, CW1 2BJ
  • Scroll down for the programme of activities

The Anti-Violence Bee represents the town’s continued zero tolerance towards violence and aggression of any kind and it is hoped that the presence of the monument and the accompanying programme will inspire social change, not only in Crewe, but also in surrounding areas.

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What is the Anti-Violence Bee?

The Anti-Violence Bee is a 6 x 2.5m monument made by British Ironworks from thousands of weapons (including knives and guns) that were collected from the streets of Manchester. All weapons were collected as part of the GMP’s ‘Forever Amnesty’ and were delivered to British Ironworks on a 7.5 tonne lorry.

Why is Crewe hosting the Anti-Violence Bee?

In 2023 Crewe hosted the Knife Angel monument. The Knife Angel is the National Monument against violence and aggression and is made up of 100,000 seized knives and blades taken from the streets of Britain. The Knife Angel had a hugely positive impact on Crewe and its surrounding areas with 140 knives being disposed of through the knife amnesty and thousands of young people participating in engagement opportunities surrounding anti-violence and aggression messaging.

The worker bee is an important symbol, signifying workers and people power. The bee inspires the idea that together, we are stronger and can achieve incredible goals as a society. We hope that the bold design of the bee, paired with the important symbolism of the bee itself, will invoke education, communication, and discussion within Crewe to promote the anti-violence campaign.

How to get involved

Visit the Anti-Violence Bee – school visits welcome!

The Anti-Violence Bee can be found on Memorial Square, Crewe.

The Anti-Violence Bee is FREE to visit and is displayed in a public space that anyone is welcome to visit.

 

Become a National Youth Anti-Violence Champion

An ‘Anti-Violence Champion’ is someone who completely renounces violence and aggressive behaviour as a means to solve issues, disputes and difficulties.

You can find out more by visiting:

https://www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk/become-a-national-youth-anti-violence-champion/

 

Be part of the supporting programme (scroll down for the programme of activities)

The Anti-Violence Bee will provide an opportunity to educate children, young people and adults about the harmful effects of violent and aggressive behaviour.

If your group or organisation would like to be part of promoting Crewe’s zero tolerance towards violence and aggression of any kind then we would love to hear from you! Maybe you would like to run an activity with your service users or with the community. . . if this sounds like you then get in touch!

     

    Volunteer Opportunities

    If you are interested in volunteering to support the Anti-Violence Bee project please email [email protected]

     

    What’s on (“By the Bee” location is Memorial Square – CW1 2BJ)

    Wednesday 1st May

    ➡️ The Anti-Violence Bee Monument arrives from the British Ironworks Centre! (estimated time of arrival between 10.10 – 10.40am)

    ➡️ Window Artwork activity (at Crewe Police Station and Crewe Market Hall)

    Thursday 2nd May 

    ➡️ Window Artwork activity (at Crewe Police Station and Crewe Market Hall )

    ➡️ Fire safety with Cheshire Fire and Rescue by the Bee (11am – 1pm)

    Friday 3rd May

    ➡️ Local organisation Change, Grow, Live by the Bee

    Saturday 4th May

    ➡️ Cheshire Constabulary “Safer Streets Bus” by the Bee

    Sunday 5th May

    ➡️ Cheshire Constabulary “Safer Streets Bus” by the Bee

    Tuesday 7th May

    ➡️ Cheshire Constabulary “Safer Streets Bus” by the Bee

    ➡️ FREE self defence classes by the Bee with the Crewe Policing Team (6.30 – 7pm)

    Wednesday 8th May

    ➡️ Local organisation Change, Grow, Live by the Bee

    ➡️ Fire safety with Cheshire Fire and Rescue by the Bee (10am – 2pm)

    ➡️ Community Youth Safety Partnership event

    Thursday 9th May

    ➡️ Local organisation Change, Grow, Live by the Bee

    Friday 10th May

    ➡️ Local organisation Change, Grow, Live by the Bee

    ➡️ Anti-Violence activity with the Youth Support Team by the Bee (6.30 – 7.30pm)

    Saturday 11th May

    ➡️ Boxing workshop with ABC South Cheshire Boxing by the Bee (time to be confirmed)

    Sunday 12th May

    ➡️ Songs of Hope and Reflection by the Bee with Crewe Policing Team and the Funky Choir (1 – 2pm)

    Monday 13th May

    ➡️ “Bee Kind” story time for toddlers by the Bee with Crewe Policing Team and Crewe Library (10 – 11am)

    Tuesday 14th May

    ➡️ School visits to the Bee

    Wednesday 15th May

    ➡️ School visits to the Bee

    Thursday 16th May

    ➡️ School visits to the Bee

    ➡️ Local organisation Change, Grow, Live by the Bee

    Friday 17th May

    ➡️ Shanaze Reade BMX event by the Bee (6 – 8pm)

    ➡️ Anti-Violence activity with the Youth Support Team by the Bee (6.30 – 7.30pm)

    ➡️ Local organisation Change, Grow, Live by the Bee

    Saturday 18th May

    ➡️ Bee Face Painting by the Bee with the Crewe Policing Team – £2 per person (time to be confirmed)

    Sunday 19th May

    ➡️ Crewe Makers Market in Crewe town centre (11am – 4pm)

    Monday 20th May

    ➡️ Local organisation Change, Grow, Live by the Bee

    ➡️ Visit the Bee with the Youth Support Service (4 – 5.30pm)

    Tuesday 21st May

    ➡️ School visits to the Bee

    ➡️ Local organisation Change, Grow, Live by the Bee

    Wednesday 22nd May

    ➡️ School visits to the Bee

    ➡️ Local organisation Change, Grow, Live by the Bee

    Thursday 23rd May

    ➡️ School visits to the Bee

    ➡️ Local organisation Change, Grow, Live by the Bee

    Friday 24th May

    ➡️ School visits to the Bee

    ➡️ Local organisation Change, Grow, Live by the Bee

    ➡️ Anti-Violence activity with the Youth Support Team by the Bee (6.30 – 7.30pm)

    Tuesday 28th May

    ➡️ Local organisation Change, Grow, Live by the Bee

    Wednesday 29th May

    ➡️ Local organisation Change, Grow, Live by the Bee

    Thursday 30th May

    ➡️ Local organisations Change, Grow, Live and Motherwell Cheshire by the Bee

    Friday 31st May

    ➡️ The Anti-Violence Bee Monument returns to the British Ironworks Centre.

     

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