A PARISH council has painted a mural on a bus shelter in memory of a “very popular” village resident – something that has “cheered the village up,” according to a close friend. Denstone Parish Council commissioned the design of a barn-themed mural on a bus shelter initially as part of their annual Best Kept Village Competition bid before later forming it into a commemoration to Rose Edge, a much-loved pillar of the community. As part of the village’s 2019 submission for the competition, it was mooted in a parish council meeting that the structure should be painted.
The council then selected out of a series of candidates which design they would like painted on the shelter, with each designers name undisclosed.
The winning mural proposal was created by Bel Crompton, one of Rose’s long-time friends, who told the Times and Echo that she had finished it hours before jetting off on holiday.
She said: “I finished it three hours before I got on the plane to go on holiday.
“I threw it to my friend, who submitted it for me and then I got a text saying ‘guess who’s won?’”
Mrs Crompton explained how Rose used to run a small shop in the village and reiterated how highly-valued she was by the Denstone community, before her passing earlier this year.
“Rose used to love children going into her shop when they used to buy sweets after school,” Bel said.
“If someone wanted something from the shop and it wasn’t in, she’d say she would get it in for them tomorrow and it was always there come morning.
“In her later years, she did a lot of work for charities, Christmas fayres and raffles.
“She was also a regular church member and helped out at the WI. She was a very well-known and loved person.
“I’ve never known a person like her before for being so well-liked.”
Rose left £200 to Denstone Parish Council in her will after running the village shop for over 30 years, so councillors put the money towards the project and for a plaque which has been placed on the bus shelter.
The plaque was designed by members of Sudbury Prison which is near a tea room Rose used to enjoy going to with her friends from a community lunch club.
Rose’s niece Carole Davis told the Times and Echo that Rose would have been “absolutely thrilled to bits” with the commemoration.
She added: “She left the money in her will because a lot of people in Denstone helped her and so she wanted to give something back.
“She made an awful lot of friends over the years who she classed as extended family.
“The family would like to say a huge thank you to every single person on the Denstone Parish Council and to everyone who helped out with the shelter.”
“I remember her funeral was absolutely packed, which tells you a lot.”
The mural, which only took a day to complete between eight art club members headed by art teacher Rob Tedaldi (who has worked on murals all around the country), depicts a stable with Rose’s dog Henry front and centre with a horse, a cow, a hen and a sheepdog surrounding him.
Speaking on the finished article, Mrs Shermer said: “It’s absolutely incredible, I love it.
“It’s the first thing you see when you come into the village.
“Unfortunately it wasn’t completed in time for the Best Kept Village Competition for this year, but we were Highly Commended and the points we get for it will go towards next year’s score.”
Bel, who helped paint the mural, also explained her delight at the painting: “Rose was a keen animal-lover. The theme for this year’s Denstone Country Show was ‘all creatures great and small’ too so it was ideal.
“It has cheered the village up and brightened it up as well. It was lovely to do something for the village and for a remarkable person.”
The shelter sits at the centre of the village and has been catching the eye of many who pass by since it’s creation in August.
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