A community Halloween display was wrecked by vandals last week – but then soon rectified by a kind-hearted community. Great Wood Hall in Tean had been one of many venues and private houses which took part in the Tean Pumpkin Trail over the weekend.
A community Halloween display was wrecked by vandals last week – but then soon rectified by a kind-hearted community.
Great Wood Hall in Tean had been one of many venues and private houses which took part in the Tean Pumpkin Trail over the weekend.
Volunteers had spent time carving pumpkins and placing them in a ‘spooky’ display next to the venue in Vicarage Road.
However, it was discovered on Friday (October 30) that vandals had taken all four carved pumpkins from the original display and smashed them up, leaving their squashed up remains on the road.
Pictures of the damaged pumpkins were posted on the Great Wood Hall Facebook page on Friday (October 30) with a representative of the venue stating: “I’m sorry to disappoint anyone on the pumpkin trail, sadly there was an act of vandalism today and our pumpkins from the display were smashed.
“This saddens me that volunteer time spent carving them and creating an awesome display and my own money spent on them is no more.”
Following the social media post, members of the community then banded together to help rectify what the culprits had destroyed.
The Great Wood Hall representative said in another post later on Friday: “What an amazing community we have.
“Thanks to Luke from Tean Rangers for trying to get hold of the new pumpkins and putting me in touch with Co-op.
“Thank you to Co-op for ringing around different stores, and thank you to the stores wanting to contribute sweets and toffee apples.”
Stephanie Akerman, chair of Great Wood Hall Committee, further told the Times and Echo: “It was amazing how much the community rallied around to create a new awesome display, big thanks to Tean Co-op who phoned around and got sweet donations from different stores.
“We would like to thank the whole community.”
Stephanie added: “We reported the incident to our local PCSO who knew the culprits and paid a visit to their homes.”
The Times & Echo contacted Staffordshire Police for a response but none had been sent back by the time we went to print.
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