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L-R: Art project leader Mabel Fraser, Waypoints Managing Director Andrew Baxendine, Rachel Dominey of Upton Infants School, mural artist Nina Camplin, Headmistress of Yarrells Preparatory School Mrs Charlotte Oosthuizen, Councillor Fred Drane and Yarrells art teacher William Cooper.


Young art talent brightens new Upton dementia home site

A community art project involving young people has created an eye catching mural to delight residents and visitors in Upton.

School children aged between four and 12 years old from Lytchett Minster and Upton have transformed hoardings around the former derelict Greenridge public house site where Waypoints Care Group is building a 64-bed dementia care home.


The mural was part of the Beacon Project ‘On the edge,’ funded by the BIG Lottery Fund, which supports a number of local community initiatives, including the community art project.


Led by Mabel Fraser, young artists from Upton Infant and Junior Schools, and Yarrells School, designed and painted the mural of a rainbow with the support of mural artist Nina Camlin, art teacher William Cooper and art co-ordinators Becky Woods and Rachel Dominey.


Andrew Baxendine, Managing Director of mural sponsor Waypoints Care Group, said: “For years this site has been derelict but now I am sure people passing the brightly coloured mural will smile and feel better for the efforts of the young people who created it.


“Our company logo is a rainbow – and although there won’t be a crock of gold at the end of this mural there will early next year be a first class dementia care home and new community facilities.”


Bekki Stalker, Beacon Project Coordinator, said “This is a fantastic and innovative way for young people to be involved with community art projects - fostering a sense of pride as well as promoting ownership and identify with their community.


“We are very grateful to everyone who helped with the murals with special thanks to the local schools for their latest creation and to Waypoints for their valued support of the Beacon Project and community art project.”


The Greenridge community art has been one of the biggest project strands to date of the Beacon Project, which is approaching the end of its three year programme with the Upton & Lytchett Minster community. Other achievements have included the resurrection of the Carnival by volunteers, organising activities for children during school holidays, setting up a Community Market, Food Festival, Food Bank, Jobs Hub and Good Neighbourhood Scheme.

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