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School pupils get crafty for community project

Creative: Some of the pupils from Higher Walton Primary School and, inset, the giant cast iron ladle

Creative: Some of the pupils from Higher Walton Primary School and, inset, the giant cast iron ladle

Primary school pupils have taken part in the final stages of a year-long art project.

The project, which formed part of a wider scheme of improvements in Higher Walton, was funded by South Ribble Council’s Eastern My Neighbourhood Forum and brought to life with the help of local artist Cath Moran.

The youngsters from Higher Walton Primary School had originally provided the ideas and inspiration for the Higher Walton mural which sits at the junction of Cann Bridge Street and Kittlingborne Brow in the village, and was completed at the end of 2013 by Cath and her team.

The children wanted the design to reflect the countryside feel of the village and to include local landmarks such as All Saints Church and the mill.

As part of the projects conclusion, the children were able to design their own masterpiece on canvas bags, re-creating aspects of the giant mural on a smaller scale to take home as a keepsake for their involvement in the work.

The neighbourhood forum has also funded the installation of a giant cast iron ladle which sits in front of the mural, kindly donated by local castings manufacturer Coupe Foundry who have operated out of Higher Walton for more than 100 years.

Through a lottery grant obtained by the local community centre other village improvements include the ‘Oxbow Trail’ which runs around the outside of King George’s Field. The funding also included the design and installation of three interpretation boards to inform and educate visitors about the area.

Coun Jim Marsh, chairman of South Ribble Council’s Eastern My Neighbourhood Forum, said: “This project in Higher Walton has been a fine example of how the local community can work together and bring about great community improvements.

“It’s brilliant that local children have been involved in this project at so many stages and now they have their very own piece of the mural to treasure forever and remind them of their role in the project.

“I would also like to extend my thanks to the community centre who managed to secure funding for more improvements in Higher Walton.

“I hope that we can see many more projects like this in the future.”

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