Art trail is key to keeping village spirits up in Bowes
By Nicky Carter - Reporter
CHILDREN at a dale school hope residents in the village will add to their Pebbles of Happiness trail to help keep spirits up during the coronavirus pandemic.
Children of key workers who have attended Bowes School throughout lockdown have created a small pebble trail on the walls outside their school to help bring a little cheer to residents in the village and hope the community will add to their collection over the coming weeks.
Teacher Dorothy Hedley came up with the artistic idea to create the trail with children decorating stones with all kinds of images.
There are pebbles encouraging people to be kind, giving thanks to NHS workers as well others with images of JCBs and starlit skylines.
She said: “We thought it would be nice for villagers to look at when they pass by on their walks.
“We would love it if they added their own to the collection to get the trail across both of the walls.”
Since displaying the children’s decorated stones, which they have called Pebbles of Happiness, there have already been some additions, including several from people as far afield as Darlington.
Mrs Hedley added: “When the children did the stones, we covered them in PVA glue, which we thought would be waterproof, unfortunately some have washed out and we will be redoing them.
“But it would be lovely to have more added to the trail and we have some famous artists in the village – Andy Beck and John Degnan – and it would be lovely if they could add a pebble to the trail,” Mrs Hedley added.