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Fire-hit Wheathampstead pub The Swan to be repainted by community
A Grade II listed Wheathampstead pub which was destroyed in a fire last month will be repainted by members of the community.
The community was left devastated by the loss of The Swan in the High Street as a community facility when it was set ablaze in the early hours of July 16.
Part of the pub’s roof had to be cut away so firefighters could reach the flames.
One villager said: "You could feel the shock waves going through the village".
In response to this, St Helen's Parish Church is leading a community-based project to paint a mural to put over the security hoardings which surround the site.
Residents living in the village are now invited to pitch up for a painting party on the Marford Road playing fields on Tuesday, August 27 from 11am to 8pm.
The brainchild of the rector Reverend Richard Banham, said it means that those entering the village will be faced by a super-attractive heritage statement.
Reverend Banham said: "Please come along to show your support for our wonderful local community.
"We will provide all the painting materials, just wear clothes suitable for painting."
The mural will feature 11 'Locals painted by Locals, for the Local’ including Cassivellaunus, Abbott John of Wheathampstead, John Bunyan, The ‘Wicked Lady’ and George Bernard Shaw among others.
Wheathampstead artist Nick Schon has produced the artwork and been involved in the project from the start. He is best known as one of the two illustrators of the Oxford Reading Tree children books featuring Biff, Chip and Kipper.
Residents plan to use the murals as a resource around the village, which has recently developed a Heritage Trail, once The Swan is restored.
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