Patients’ artwork to hang in village hall


A new piece of artwork represents the tranquil character of a parish.

The textile creation, which has now been given to Wyboston Village Hall, took more than a year to make.

At the end of 2012 the hall’s committee commissioned the patients at Milton Park Therapeutic Campus in Wyboston to design and bring to fruition a piece of art of their choosing to be put on permanent display in the Wyboston Village Hall Committee Room.

The patients, who suffer from autism, decided that a textile wall decoration would be fun to make.

Their aim was to reflect the tranquil scenery and character of the parish. They started their research with a trip around Wyboston, Chawston and Colesden with a camera, recording the attractive countryside with its abundance of wildflowers, Tudor houses and thatched cottages.

Local businesses such as Edible Ornamentals chilli farm were included, as was the distinctive Black Cat roundabout, which was named after a garage and restaurant that were built on the site in the 1920s.

The patients then set about learning the skills required to bring their ideas to life. These included wool felting, batik, machine sewing and hand embroidery.

Nine people contributed their skills, time and ideas to the project over a 16 month period.

Art teacher Deborah Hancock and one of the artists presented the finished product to Susie Woodman, chair of the village hall committee, Bedford mayor Dave Hodgson and the high sheriff of Bedfordshire, Colin Osborne.

There is also a new display of patient artwork in the main hall. Patients are encouraged to be artistic because the subject is therapeutic.