Residents mark 50 years of their community

People living in West Park enjoyed making mosaics, bunting and other crafts as well as games, including a bouncy castle, face painting and storytelling.

The event was to mark five decades since the flats there were built.

Deborah Beadle, PCH Communities Worker, said: “Works started in 1966 and went on until around 1968. We plumped for this year as Woodlands Court was finished in 1967 together with the surrounding blocks.

“This was a really successful, well-attended event to celebrate 50 years of West Park which included plenty for all the community to enjoy.”

To celebrate this milestone we also managed to secure funding for seven mosaic panels to be produced by our great metal fabrication team.

Each panel was designed by pupils at Knowle Primary School with support from artist Michelle McQuinn.

The children produced over 200 pictures and Michelle has transposed many of them onto mosaic panels. Once complete, the mosaic will be installed at the front of the school and around the estate.

Michelle came to the celebration day to show off the outline designs on the panels to the community.

The day also included tours around nearby Knowle Battery, a scheduled ancient monument forming part of the northern defences.

The Battery has been on Historic England’s national Heritage at Risk register since before 2009, due to its poor condition.

In 2015 Historic England initially grant funded a survey of the Battery and the vegetation was cut back. Further grants were then secured from Historic England, which allowed works to be undertaken, some under archaeological supervision.