Hope Springs Eternal in Malmesbury
Residents remain active members of the community – even in lockdown!
When Malmesbury resident Jackie Peel came up with an idea to brighten the dark days of January for every member of the local community, Athelstan House residents were keen to get in on the action!
It was whilst turning her mind to the task of taking down the Christmas decorations, that Jackie came up with the brilliant idea of not taking down the festive decorations but replacing them with equally sparkly trinkets. It occurred to Jackie that during this year more than most, anything that brought joy and a smile to people’s faces would be really appreciated.
So, along with others, Jackie set about forming an action group and with it came the launch of the ‘Hope Springs Eternal’ initiative. The group approached local organisations and businesses including the residents of Athelstan House who were more than happy to oblige by taking their art and craft sessions large to create some beautiful handmade flowers with which to adorn the windows of their home (shown here).
So, when the town’s residents take their daily exercise now, they can see handmade flowers, butterflies and other baubles dotted all around; there is even a trail to engage young minds which includes the Abbey where the intricate iron fence posts have been further adorned!
Such was the excitement around this initiative that it even made the local ITV news!