Twin Foxes development inspires local children

08 Sep 2017

Pupils from two Stevenage schools have created some eye-catching artwork inspired by Stevenage Borough Council plans to turn the former Twin Foxes pub into 14 new homes.

Children from St Nicholas and Broom Barns primary schools created poetry and pictures, and the winning entries are displayed on hoardings at the development in Rockingham Way.

The Twin Foxes was the first pub in Stevenage New Town and was named after identical twin poachers who lived in the area from the 19th century. The rundown pub was demolished by the house builder Westhouse to make way for quality affordable homes in a £1.2 million scheme.

The winner from St Nicholas School was Mabel Martin, who was then in Year 4; with runners up Rosie Stevens, Reception and Trinity Ffinch, Year 2. And from Broom Barns School the winner was Regan Skutela, then in Year 5; with runners up Logan Jakes and Kian Jones, both also Year 5.

Mrs Tuckwell from Broom Barns School said she felt that the competition was invaluable and Regan Skutela enjoyed drawing a poster and felt very proud that the ideas in it were relevant to the community. Mabel Martin of St Nicholas said: “I wanted to write a poem all about the people who live around the area. I like the story of the Twin Foxes.”

Councillor Jeannette Thomas, Executive Member for Housing, Health and Older People for Stevenage Borough Council, said: “It’s wonderful to see the artwork these children have created, and the way their teachers have used the story of the Twin Foxes to help them learn more about their town.

“Work is progressing well and we look forward to welcoming local people to their new affordable homes when the Twin Foxes development is finished in the coming months. It is an important step on our way to creating 500 new council homes for local people.”

Melvin Marks, Managing Director of Westhouse, said they were delighted with the children’s work. “We are so pleased they have been inspired by the Twin Foxes story, which is a fascinating part of local history. Work is progressing well and we are looking forward to completing more new homes for local people.”

Mark West, CRL Property Warranties and competition sponsors, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Westhouse and Stevenage Borough Council building much needed homes and regenerating the town’s neighbourhoods.”

The development has given the local economy a boost with work for local people and suppliers of building materials and services.