Art project for all in Melksham

This Is Wiltshire: Youngsters from Melksham Oak work with senior citizens on an art project at the Youth Development centre in Spa Road Melksham Youngsters from Melksham Oak work with senior citizens on an art project at the Youth Development centre in Spa Road Melksham

Art was bringing the generations together in Melksham last week, at a series of half-term workshops.

Children from the town have been coming through the week to the sessions at the Canberra Centre, which were organised by Wiltshire children’s charity Splash. They were joined by ten pensioners, who have been sharing their memories with the children.

Artist Toni Dickinson has been running the sessions. She said: “It’s an intra-generational project to encourage older people and younger people to work together, and what’s come out of it is that the children have loved having the older people around; they’ve been cooking pancakes with them, and swapping skills.

“We want to leave some sort of legacy for the town.

“We’ve been talking about Remembrance Day and why they have to keep it going, they’ve talked about what life was like when they were young, and we’ve made a lot of poppies which we want to give to Melksham Council for a permanent display.”

Simone Matthews, operations coordinator at Splash, said: “It’s just inspiring younger people to look at these people as living history. They are not just older people, but people who have had amazing lives.”

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