“During the lockdown, whilst parks and play areas were closed, a snake started to form outside ‘Diamond Park’ in Thelwall made of pebbles and rocks painted by local children, displaying tributes to the NHS, schools and Key Workers. It was started by Isabella Potts age 4 of Thelwall.
Rock activity in Grappenhall/Thelwall is encouraged by a group formed by Louise Simmonds called “Thelwall and Grappenhall rocks on” which encourages children/adults to join in the fun. (see image)
Mayoress – Cllr Wendy Johnson thought it was wonderful and got the full backing from all the Councillors at Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council to preserve their handiwork imaginatively.
As a result, the pebbles and rocks have been set in concrete, forming a rainbow at Diamond Park. (see image)
The Park was re-opened by Cllr Wendy Johnson, accompanied by Macy Owen (Park caretakers’ daughter). Macy had asked her parents during lockdown what she could do to help the NHS and patients. Macy decided she wanted to raise the sum of £100 and started to make Hama bead rainbows. To date, Macy has raised over £10,000.00 and has had a special mention in the Houses of Parliament from Warrington South MP, Andy Carter for her efforts. Macy has become something of a local celebratory (which she is playing down) but, the Parish Council felt it only fitting that Macy re-open the park with our Mayoress (Cllr Wendy Johnson) (see image) as an acknowledgment of her tremendous efforts.”