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Bid to replace Cricklade's town mosaic is on target

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THE unpredictable British weather may have ruined the original Jubilee mosaic in Cricklade, but the community has rallied round to ensure it can be enjoyed for generations to come.

The commemorative mosaic, which was located in the town’s community garden at Saxons Rest was unveiled on May 31.

However, the artwork was severely damaged by heavy rainfall and high temperatures at the start of the summer and had to be removed just three months later.

The original mosaic, which was created by Cirencester mosaic artist Debbie Stirling, was paid for by external grants.

After its removal, Cricklade Town Council were adamant that it would be replaced by a mosaic that could withstand the harsh weather conditions and discussions were held to determine the best way to fund it.

A buy-a-tile campaign was launched for residents to purchase a tile and sign a commemorative book, to help raise the money needed to purchase the new materials.

Within three months, more than £1,200 had been raised and now, the goal of £2,000 has been exceeded.

Town clerk Shelley Parker said: “We are delighted that the community is supporting the campaign to raise funds towards replacing the mosaic and we have now exceeded our goal of £2,000 towards buying materials.

“We are now preparing for the replacement to be installed in the spring. Councillors will be discussing when work will start at their community and leisure meeting next week.”

To help towards the fundraising, a team of three members of town council staff, including Shelley, took part in the Cricklade fun run dressed as a bird, a bee, a bunny and a bear. They raised more than £500 for the cause.

The design of the mosaic incorporates the town motto “in loco delicioso”, which means “in a delightful place”.

It was unveiled at the end of May during a celebration with music by the Cricklade Band and the Community 4x4 Choir, before the Royal British Legion raised a new town flag and 60 schoolchildren from local schools released balloons.

The community and leisure meeting takes place on January 8.

Anyone interested in contributing to the campaign should call the town council offices on 01793 751394.

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