RAYLEIGH Library showcased the artistic craftsmanship of local children with a display of 50 renowned local structures.
The models, crafted by young students from Edward Francis School, was part of an assignment called “Rayleigh Past and Present” that saw pupils granted a span of two weeks to select their chosen landmarks, plan the materials they would employ, and complete the construction.
The array of creations was truly impressive, encompassing everything from the library itself to Rayleigh Windmill, the Dutch Cottage, the Paul Pry pub, and even a charming rendition of Gregg’s.
Natasha Higgins from Rayleigh Library said: “We host dozens of class visits from local schools, and the Edward Francis pupils learnt about local history with us then one little girl, Leonie, told us she had chosen to build a model of the library as it’s her favourite place to go in the town.
“Her mum asked if we could help Leonie with information and logos, which we were very happy to do and we even provided miniature library cards for the project.
“Leonie worked so hard and thought of every tiny detail, so we wanted to give her the chance to display it to a much wider audience. And what could be better than a model of the library in the library?
“Then it got me thinking, with so many impressive creations, why don’t we display every pupil’s work and it be an exhibition for the whole town to enjoy over the summer?”
There was much to learn form the models, and many had a story attached to them.
For seven-year-old Jack Baylis, he chose the Paul Pry pub as it was where his dad proposed to his mother: “It was quite tricky to make, especially to create the hanging baskets and the sign, but I wanted to do it as it’s a special place for our family,” he said.
Ms Higgins added: “With help from the team at Edward Francis Primary School, we got the 50-plus models to the library – no mean feat! And it’s had the most fantastic response from our customers.”
Picture: by Natasha Higgins.
Contact us. Email: [email protected]