Published: November 23, 2012
Mayor unveils Jubilee mosaics at Highbridge Medical Centre

Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor has this week unveiled a unique set of mosaics to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The colourful display features four glass mosaics that are hung in the waiting room at Highbridge Medical Centre.

Sedgemoor Community Partnership, in association with Somerset Skills and Learning, has been running a series of art courses at Highbridge's Morland Hall as part of several community activities for disadvantaged groups.

When the group recently completed a mosaic-making course, they jumped at the chance to create a display especially for the Jubilee, which were unveiled this week by Mayor Ken Smout.

A select group of the Morland Hall members created the artwork with Angie Dibble, their tutor, using a mixture of recycled glass and donated materials.

Richard Mathews, SCP Chairman, told "On behalf of the artists it has been a great pleasure to be able to donate this unique work of art to the team at Highbridge Medical Centre."

"This project has provided a pathway for both organisations to initiate a working community partnership for the future to the benefit of local residents and patients."

"The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Mosaic course provided the course users not only with new skills but an ideal opportunity to work with many sections of the local community and, ultimately, provides a lasting memento of the learners endeavours on public display."

And Dr Barbara Elliott, Partner of Highbridge Medical Centre, told "We are delighted to be able to display these delicately hand crafted mosaics in our practice. The event has also been a fantastic opportunity to meet and support members of our local community. We would like to say a special thank you to all of the artists for creating the art work and also Mayor Ken Smout for unveiling the Jubilee mosaics."

"The mosaics were created in local art classes, which were set up by Somerset Community Partnership as a contribution to community activities in Highbridge for disadvantage groups."

Dr Elliott added: "The mosaics are a welcomed addition to our evolving practice and we are so proud to be able to support the group by displaying them."

"The artwork will be thoroughly enjoyed by patients and staff and will also be a reminder of how important our local community is to us here at Highbridge Medical Centre."


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