Take Part in the Art

Sculptors given the guided tour by the Dell team.

Sculptors given the guided tour by the Dell team.

Community Art Workshops Announced – Come and Take Part!

Local sculptors were recently chosen to produce exhibits for the Yorkshire Armed Forces Sculpture Trail, due to open in the Ferniehurst Dell next summer. The Baildon Dell will be transformed with at least a dozen sculptures along its pathway, and now you have the chance to meet and work with the artists yourself. All you have to do is register for a community art workshop at Titus Salt School:

Session Times:

Saturday 8th February 2014: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm. 

Titus Salt School with Martin Bond and Edward Mortimer. 

Saturday 15th February 2014: 11.00 am – 2.30 pm

Titus Salt School with Andrew Frost 

Book Your Place Now by email to Heather Graham (Creative and Community Projects Manager at Titus Salt School) : ghm@titussaltschool.co.uk  

The aim of this project is to recognise the sacrifice service personnel make, and the issues they face whilst serving our country, and when they return to civilian life. So, what better way than to roll up your sleeves, learn something new, and get creative. 

IMG_0862Former Soldier, Cllr Ian Lyons (Chairman) said “This is a wonderful opportunity for ordinary people to make a contribution to the Armed Forces Sculpture Trail. The sculptures will be a asset in Baildon for years to come, and this is a chance to be a part of that living heritage.”

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A Story of Local Heroes

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British Army Veteran Albert Telling His Story.

Interviews Inspire the Armed Forces Sculpture Trail

All this week, retired and serving members of the armed forces from the local community have been arriving at Titus Salt School to share their experiences, and the issues that they faced, with sixth form pupils. The pupils have been trained to conduct the interviews, under the expert guidance and supervision of Tracy Craggs, a professional consultant, and Heather Graham, the school’s community projects manager.

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Albert – A Local Hero

Today, Albert (96 years old) spoke about his life in the British Army, and what it was like to land on the beaches at Normandy, which he described as a deadly and nightmarish situation. Albert, who gained the honour of a mention in dispatches, told a remarkable story that visibly moved everyone.

IMG_0862Cllr Ian Lyons, recording the interview, said “He is a true local hero, and I’m very grateful to have heard his story. We have some incredible people in our community, and it is an honour to demonstrate our long and deep connection with the Armed Forces.”

A wide variety of contributions are being made to the project this week from serving and retired personnel, from men and women, and from all three services. Once the interviews are completed, the recordings will be used to inspire artwork for the sculpture trail, and will be archived with the national library.