Sherborne students create summerhouse oasis for care home residents


Students from The Gryphon School in Sherborne, Dorset have completed a fantastic art and textiles project, which has seen them transform the interior of a summerhouse for residents at The Old Vicarage residential care home in the nearby village of Leigh.


Year 9 students were tasked with creating a ‘vintage beach’ themed interior, which would encourage residents to use the large summerhouse, which the home won in a competition a few years ago.  Students have created colourful canvas displays, cushions and buntings, which has brought the room to life.


Confirms Louise Turner, manager of The Old Vicarage said: “We are so grateful to The Gryphon School for helping us transform our summerhouse in to a beach-themed oasis for our residents. Before, the space wasn’t really used other than for storage, however it’s now transformed into an afternoon tea room, which our residents absolutely love visiting. They’ve said it’s like having their very own vintage café in their garden!  We’ve even put a piano out there, and when we opened the room, residents delighted in enjoying the designs, while drinking tea and listening to music being played on the piano. Thank you to everyone at the school who made this possible for us.”


Jenny Salmon from The Gryphon School talks about the feedback she has received from her students: “We were delighted to help The Old Vicarage make more of the lovely space – it’s a big room and we came up with the idea of creating colourful canvas designs, as well as nostalgic bunting and cushions to really brighten the space up.  We even used yarn to create delicate accessories for the table, including a tiered cake stand.  To see the reaction of the residents at the home really was fantastic. We hope to do more projects with them again in the future.”


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