Residents from in and around Nouncells Cross celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a party and new mural.
The event, which was organised by the Middle of the Hill Community Group, was attended by Stroud Mayor Stella Parkes, who launched the artwork.
Created by local artist Rose Illingworth, Director of the Stroud-based ‘Art for Action’, the mural has already transformed one of two tunnels that run
through Nouncells Cross. Parkes said: “It has brought new joy and life to the area.”
The art was funded thanks to a grant from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund, which aims to ensure that creativity plays an important role in the Jubilee Celebrations. Middle of the Hill Community Group, who commissioned the work with support from Stroud Valleys Artpace, hope it
will encourage more people to walk through the area, thereby encouraging active travel and discouraging anti-social behaviour.
Feedback from the community, who were encouraged to put forward ideas for inclusion in the mural, has been universally positive. Local resident Ian said: “I think Rose is so talented, the tunnel used to be so dingy, but now it really brings a smile to my face. I can’t wait for the second tunnel to be done.”
Another local resident Kay added: “I am sure this artwork will encourage more people to walk through Nouncells Cross, which will make our area feel safer and more vibrant.”
The celebration itself was attended by more than 50 people who mainly live in and around Nouncells Cross. Thanks to a grant from Stroud Town Council, the partygoers were able to enjoy sandwiches, celebratory bunting and soft drinks.
Residents also contributed cake and Jubilee trifles.
If you are interested in seeing the artwork, Middle of the Hill Community Group would love you to take a stroll through Nouncells Cross.