Tea party to launch bollards for the people

Press Release: 06/06/2012

Bollards in The Square

Local community groups who have designed their very own eye-catching bollards for The Square in Winchester are attending a tea party to mark their installation. The celebratory tea party, which is organised by Winchester City Council which commissioned the bollards, will take place on Tuesday 19 June at 5.30pm at Winchester City Museum.

Two artists from the Colour Factory, Jenny Muncaster and Rachael Alexander, worked with three different groups to help them come up with three very different designs. These were:

young people from The Carroll Centre in Stanmore, who were inspired by the Roman artefacts in the City Museum;
Winchester and District Young Carers who had the subject of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and
residents of Richard Moss House, the Council’s sheltered housing scheme in St Peter Street in Winchester, whose bollard celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a design based on memories of the last 60 years.

The designs developed by the young people from The Carroll Centre in Stanmore will also be on display as part of The Creative Force Exhibition, which runs from Saturday 26 May to Sunday 1 July, at City Space, in Winchester Discovery Centre in Jewry Street.

Alison Woods from the Economy and Arts team at Winchester City Council said,

The city council is holding the tea party to thank the community groups for their imaginative contributions. The young people from Winnall and Stanmore and the residents of Richard Moss House participated wholeheartedly in this activity. We were really impressed with their innovative designs and we hope that the community bollards will take pride of place in The Square for years to come.”

Cllr Patricia Stallard, Porfolio Holder for Communities, Culture and Sport added,

We have already commissioned the painting of 18 other bollards in The Square, which are looking wonderful. But we are delighted to be incorporating into the street these three bollards which reflect the ideas of young and older people who live in the City. And I’m sure that the three groups will find it interesting to meet one another and share their experiences.”

Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council are keen to see more of the bollards in The Square decorated. Businesses wishing to sponsor their very own bollard in The Square should contact Alison Woods on 01962 848 347 or email  awoods@winchester.gov.uk