Past Projects

Past Projects Undertaken By The Friends Of Abberd Brook

2014 New Mosaics For Prince Charles Drive Underpass

New Additions To Mosaics For The Underpass Project

Mosaic Image from the underpass

Following the successful placement of the mosaic at Prince Charles Drive underpass unveiled in 2011, the Friends of Abberd Brook have successfully obtained funding for a complementary mosaic on the other wall. The designs of the mosaic have been produced by local Calne children working with the ceramicist Gill Reeves and we are now ready to embark on the second phase of the project, which is to have practical workshops held during February and March 2014 in the Calne Heritage Centre. More information here.

The designs are based on a floral concept and will produce a valuable addition to that already completed. Information of when these workshops are being held can be found here and anyone interested in this form of artwork will be made most welcome.

The designs of the mosaic will be on display in Calne Library from the 3rd to 27th March.

Mosaics For Prince Charles Drive Underpass

Mosaic In The Underpass Project

Video - The Underpass Mosaics

Mosaic Image from the underpass

Friends of Abberd Brook, Calne mount the plaque at the Prince Charles Drive underpass by the brook to commemorate the creation of the mosaics by the children of Priestley School and the artistes.

Project History

There is a need for community involvement within all the projects, and whilst looking through the detailed proposals of improvements by Black & Veatch, mention was made of the Underpass at Prince Charles Drive which they felt was drab and uninviting.

Looking at the mosaics outside Coleman’s Farm Learning & Community Centre, at Priestley School and the Town Centre, an idea was formulated to see if something similar could be achieved at the underpass. Exploratory enquiries were made in September 2010 and it was suggested that the Friends of Abberd Brook contact local artists David and Gill Reeves to discuss possibilities. This was received with enthusiasm and they suggested that children at Priestley Primary School be involved as they had previous experience of working with them.

A presentation was made to the Friends of Abberd Brook volunteers, who unanimously agreed to the funding being allocated to this project. Wiltshire and Calne Town Councillors agreed in principle to the proposal, subject to the designs being acceptable.

In October 2010 David, Gill and officers from the Friends of Abberd Brook, met with the Head Teacher at Priestley School who, with members of Staff, eagerly received us and approached some of the children to become involved. This resulted in a group of ten pupils who imaginatively created their own designs.

Over the past six months, the children under the supervistion of Gill Reeves, have produced the designs shown in the display you now see. This shows a progression of the designs by the pupils which are intended to be used for the enhancement of the Underpass at Prince Charles Drive. This has become the major project for the Friends of Abberd Brook in 2011.

The First Big Clean Up - March 2010

Photo of Big Clean Up Skip

The Big Clean Up attracted some 30 plus volunteers who assembled at Colemans Farm Community Centre to receive a Safety Briefing from BTCV Staff. By working from both ends of the brook they removed rubbish filling a midi skip and a Westlea lorry, before breaking for refreshments at the Community Centre.

Since this first clean up, the volunteers have carried out regular tidy ups along the brook. Over nine months they have removed some seven or eight shopping trolleys, three or four bicycles, two children’s scooters plus numerous black bags of general rubbish.