Grand Designs

Grand Designs

Creativity and community spirit came together at two local schools to commemorate the centenary of World War One.

Tupton Hall student Isabelle Payne, 12, made a return visit to her former primary school Sharley Park Community Primary School for the grand opening of a new memorial garden.

The garden and wildlife area features a special plaque designed by Isabelle when she was a Year 6 pupil. The vibrant mosaic design bears a red poppy on a field of green and the words 'We Won't Forget', intended to inspire pupils to enjoy the colours and fruits of the garden but also to remember those who never returned from the war.

Sharley Park teacher Mrs Stanley said: "Last year's Year 6s entered a competition to design a plaque for the garden to commemorate the centenary of the war. Isabelle's was the winning design. It was beautiful."

Isabelle's mum, Janet, said: "It was lovely to be back at Sharley Park. It was a real surprise for Isabelle - we had managed to keep it a secret from her that she'd won the competition."

"She loved being back there - she spoke to a few of her old teachers and almost didn't want to come home!"

The memorial garden was created in partnership with the Clay Cross Over-50s Forum and with support from Derbyshire County Council's intergenerational officer Gill Clark, Rykneld Homes and Apollo Contractors Ltd.