Children from Blackboys Primary School work on a mural to go on the hoardings around Bridge Cottage, Uckfield.

Bridge Cottage mural to be unveiled on Thursday

A mural attached to the hoardings around Bridge Cottage, Uckfield, created by children from eight schools, is to be unveiled on Thursday (March 5).

Each school, led by resident organisers and a team from Uckfield Community Technology College art department, has completed a two metre by one metre panel to the theme Walk Through Time. The aim was to connect their school with the local environment.

Among those involved were pupils from Framfield and Blackboys Primary Schools who worked together on their part of the project.

Uckfield artist Emily McLennan helped the children create a mural showing a tree moving through all four seasons, starting with spring, summer and autumn colours and then winter turning the tree into the timber structure of Bridge Cottage.

The design incorporates logos from both schools, leaves from Framfield School and Martlets from Blackboys. The border of the work is inspired by paintings at Charleston Farm House.

Every child in each school has contributed with the help of school support staff and Year 9 Arts Award students from Uckfield Community Technology College.

The chairman of Uckfield Preservation Society Mick Harker visited to explain the history of Bridge cottage and to talk about the restoration project funded by the National Lottery.

Artist Emily McLennan said: “The whole school community pulled together to make the project a success. Parents and governors helped provide equipment and transported boards, teachers accommodated interruptions to lessons and were happy to set homework researching the project.

“I also feel that being inclusive to all children was relly important and helped promote community spirit and values.”

The unveiling of the mural takes place at 12.30pm on Thursday, March 6.


Mural painting in progress at Framfield Primary School. The completed work will be unveiled on Thursday, March 5, at Bridge Cottage.


A rear view of Bridge Cottage which is cocooned in scaffolding and plastic while restorating work progresses. Murals will soon adorn the hoarding.

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