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Makeover for village millennium mural

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16 APR

Makeover for village millennium mural

By timesecholife on in All News, Featured News

Work has been completed to replace a badly damaged mural in a Moorlands village. The original Millennium Stone, which is situated in the middle of Alton, was the brainchild of resident and retired art teacher Andrea Stafford, from the former Alton Art and Craft Society, who, at the turn of the century in 2000, came up with the idea of a stone containing a mosaic depicting Alton.

Work has been completed to replace a badly damaged mural in a Moorlands village.

The original Millennium Stone, which is situated in the middle of Alton, was the brainchild of resident and retired art teacher Andrea Stafford, from the former Alton Art and Craft Society, who, at the turn of the century in 2000, came up with the idea of a stone containing a mosaic depicting Alton.

With the help of children from St.Peter’s School in the village, who drew various items like a Dove of Peace, the Chained Oak and Round House, a design was created.

The design was fixed onto a large stone, sourced from Hollington Quarry and engraved by local stone mason, Percy Salt.

The stone was placed outside the village hall on the approach to the centre of the village where it has been seen by countless people walking or driving through the village.

Over the years the mosaic became worn and damaged, literally falling apart.

So, several years ago Alton Parish Council decided to have the stone refurbished.

Once again Andrea Stafford volunteered to help and together with the council spent a lot of time finding old photographs and sourcing a company to make the unique artwork.

Paul Gibson, and his staff from Phoenix Tile Studio in Newcastle-under-Lyme, came to the rescue and replicated the work as a mural of nine ceramic tiles which looks like the original mosaic.

The final arrangements were recently made by the parish council clerk, Selwyn Burton with the chairman of the council Jonathan Shepherd arranging for local tiler Martin McDonald to fix the mural in place.

Andrea said: “It is wonderful to see the Millennium Stone back to its former self, I am so pleased with the work.”

Councillor Shepherd added:”It has taken a few years to have the stone returned to its former glory but it has been worth the wait.”

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