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Halstead 21st Century Group

They're back!

Last year we predicted that the Save Our Shelters pop-up gallery was just the start of more good things to come - and we were right. This year we're exhibiting posters created by children from two schools, in Braintree and Castle Hedingham. Thanks to the pupils and teaching staff, the plight of the at-risk group of air raid shelters in the heart of Halstead has been brought to public attention. Head of year three, Jane Walker explains...

"The children in year 3 at Great Bradfords Junior School spent last term studying World War Two, focusing on the Blitz, air raid shelters and evacuees. They loved making Anderson shelters as part of a design technology project and they have thoroughly enjoyed learning how this part of our history had an impact on our local area, particularly the building of 16 shelters to protect the factory workers in Halstead. Instantly, they wanted to save this fantastic piece of history, as well as wanting to protect this very precious green space in the middle of the town. Therefore, as part of our art project, they designed these wonderful posters to raise awareness."

Last year's project was an overwhelming success almost beyond our greatest expectations, with a constant stream of visitors to the gallery from children, their families and passers-by.

Invited to judge their favourites, Halstead Mayor Mick Radley, deputy Dave Gronland and their wives had a very tough job narrowing 90 posters to a short list of 8 then the final 3. The winners were presented with rosettes and certificates of excellence in a small ceremony and big congratulations go to Meredith, Barbara and Elliott whose winning posters are displayed

We hope you enjoy this year's display as much as last year's. They reveal such talent and dedication.  The exhibition is situated in Factory Terrace and (weather permitting) will continue until after the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Please let us know what you think of the exhibition.  Just drop us an email - we'd love to hear from you.