Projects soar up the colour charts

Children from Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools in Morpeth have unveiled four brightly-coloured murals, thanks to a generous paint donation from the Dulux Let's Colour Project.

Children from Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools in Morpeth have unveiled four brightly-coloured murals, thanks to a generous paint donation from the Dulux Let's Colour Project.

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PUPILS and volunteers have been brushing up on their colour palettes to revamp facilities.

Children at Morpeth’s Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools have created four bright murals, while at Lynemouth Resource Centre volunteers have brought a splash of colour to a tired function room.

Both schemes were supported by a paint donation from the Dulux Let’s Colour Project, which aims to bring more colour to people’s lives, after being nominated by Groundwork North East.

At Newminster, staff were keen to brighten up the exterior of the 1940s school to inspire the children and reflect the school’s Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) learning schemes.

Each element was represented in a mural designed by Chantry and Newminster pupils, before they were painted on canvases by a team of 30 volunteers.

The schools will take it in turns to display the murals.

Newminster Creative Arts Subject Leader Jill Woolley said: “We are so grateful to Let’s Colour and Groundwork for the paint donation and fantastic guidance.

“We are so happy that we’ve made the children’s ideas a reality and the school is now a much more inspiring space for all of our pupils. We hope the murals will help to reinforce our SMSC values through the medium of paint. We wanted to create a lasting visual representation for both our current and future children and the murals have definitely left their mark already.”

Volunteers at Lynemouth Resource Centre and TDB Training in Ashington were delighted to create a new look for the Bridge Road centre.

The function room had gone years without re-decoration so designs were created by a Lynemouth art club and 35 volunteers rolled up their sleeves to put them into action.

Manager Andrew Gooding said: “Everyone at the trust is so grateful to Let’s Colour and Groundwork North East for helping to transform our resource centre.

“The function room was looking tired and hadn’t been decorated for five years so we’re all happy with this colourful new look.

“The centre is used by so many different groups in our community and we hope they will make the most of the make-over.”

The paint was donated by Dulux Decorator Centres in Newcastle.