During the summer term our Youth Group designed and made a mural as an entry for the Great Community Mural run by the insurers, Ecclesiastical. The Youth Group are hoping that a photo of the mural will be included in a massive collage of entries which will tour various cathedrals in the UK.
To help raise funds for our new Community Centre, the Youth Group also ran a local competition to see who could identify the most features of St Mary's, and its community in the mural, and raised £74 from the entries.
Some of the responses were very interesting. The top left feature (the ice cream stall by the river) had the widest range including an altar, a funeral, a flower shop, and the garage!
The correct answers can be found in the November Parish Magazine.
39 parishioners and friends from St Mary's had a very enjoyable coach trip on 7th October to Saltaire in West Yorkshire. Saltaire was created by Titus Salt in the 1860's and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On arrival, we had a tour of the village led by Maria Glot from Saltswalks, who showed us the different housing occupied by the workers, depending upon their status. Maria had identified mill workers from the 1861 census and where they lived, and we were each given a "part" to play. Some were shown the house where they and their family would have lived back in 1861.
The rest of the day
was free to explore. Some spent their time in the
mill where there were food and retail opportunities as well as an exhibition of
photos taken before the mill closed in 1986. There was also an exhibition of
paintings by David Hockney, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year. Fresh air and a tram ride was taken by others.
David Hockney paintings in Salts mill, together with the photographic exhibition in the former weaving shed.