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Watlington finds a home for its colourful rock snake




A snake made up of dozens of brightly coloured stones and pebbles has brought fun and fascination to children at Watlington.

Their rock snake, introduced to help keep them amused early in lockdown, started by wriggling its way across the Millennium Green in the centre of the village.

It turned out to be so popular and such an inspiration to the whole community that it has now been given a permanent place on the green where everyone can admire their handiwork.

Pictured at the unveiling (from left): Lily Beeby, Harry Gorringe, George Gorringe, Rhys Loveday and Grace Loveday. MLNF-20MF08009
Pictured at the unveiling (from left): Lily Beeby, Harry Gorringe, George Gorringe, Rhys Loveday and Grace Loveday. MLNF-20MF08009

The snake is made up of around 150 ‘happiness’ stones and pebbles coloured and painted by local children early in the coronavirus lockdown. Many of them had a Covid theme including the NHS rainbow.

Kate Carpenter, chairman of the Millennium Green trustees, said that made such a colourful sight snaking across the grass that they wanted to keep it.

“The problem was that it made it difficult to cut the grass so it was agreed that the snake should be coiled up and moved into a permanent spot,” she said.

Uncovering the rock snake.
Uncovering the rock snake.

“A local builder kindly constructed ahexagon shaped cement base, free of charge, and with help from parents and children the stones were moved and set in place.

“We are very, very pleased with the result. It looks lovely. The stones have been varnished to protect them and they look like jewels.

“It was a real community effort and is creating a lot of interest,” she said.

An official unveiling of the coiled snake and plaque was attended by fellow members of the Millennium Green committee Keith Leedell, Brenda Leedell and Chris Dyson, and several of thechildren and their mums who had been involved in starting up the project.

Parents and children at the rock snake unveiling
Parents and children at the rock snake unveiling

Watlington is just one of hundreds of villages all over the country which have adopted the rock snake creativity craze decorating stones and pebbles and helping to keep children amused.



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