St Peter and St Paul Primary School pupils brighten up abandoned Paddock House in Eye
Primary school pupils in Eye have turned what was considered “an eyesore” into their own personal canvas.
Former care home Paddock House in Wellington Road has been abandoned for years.
Secured by barricaded windows and doors and surrounded by a wire security fence, the building is now in a poor state of repair.
To brighten up the site, Eye Town Council approached St Peter and St Paul Primary School and asked if its pupils could produce some colourful, cheerful artwork.
Councillor Richard Berry said: “Paddock House is an eyesore and all the more so when Eye holds its open gardens weekend, which it did two weeks ago. Many visitors come to Eye for this event and we wanted to brighten the site up a bit.”
The 194 pupils were encouraged to draw pictures based on the theme of “My Garden” and more than 40 were chosen to go up on the railings.
“We feel the pupils did the town proud with the quality of their work,” said Cllr Berry.
“The site went from eyesore to eye-catching and helped make the open gardens event another success.”
The drawings, created by children aged four to eleven, were printed on waterproof material and went on display just in time for the event.
Headteacher Steven Ginn said: “It was an opportunity to work with the community, showcase the children’s work and be part of improving the local environment.”
Mr Ginn, who joined the school in January, added: “Ever since I got here, I’ve been really clear that I want the community to get involved in the school and vice versa, so this was an opportunity to work with designer Gerry Rowland on what was quite a professional project.”
The children have been admiring their artwork ever since it went up.
“They are just so proud looking at it as they walk past on their way to school,” said Mr Ginn.
“A resident approached me on Friday and said: ‘Every day, I look out of my window and see this awful fence, but this evening I was able to look out of my window and see some beautiful artwork, so thank you’. She was quite emotional and said it made a real difference to how she felt about the street and where she lived.”
Discussions about the development of Paddock House are still ongoing and will be pursued via newly-elected district councillor Peter Gould.