Stone supplier sponsors pupil design competition

JPCT 15-02-13 S13080386x Make Your Mark presentation. Horsham Stone & Reclamation Ltd, Lower Broadbridge Farm, Broadbridge Heath, Millie Lewis from Farlington Prep School with her winning design -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 15-02-13 S13080386x Make Your Mark presentation. Horsham Stone & Reclamation Ltd, Lower Broadbridge Farm, Broadbridge Heath, Millie Lewis from Farlington Prep School with her winning design -photo by Steve Cobb

A Broadbridge Heath firm gave a Shipley school girl a chance to leave her stamp on history, sponsoring a competition challenging pupils to design a mark to carve on stone.

Millie Lewis, 7, who lives in Pound Lane, Shipley, and attends Farlington School for Girls, received her finished design carved on a piece of stone at Horsham Stone and Reclamation, based in Lower Broadridge Farm, last month.

Her design was based on ammonites, extinct invertebrates that lived in shells, which are commonly found fossilised.

Millie’s mum Emma Woodcock said: “She’s very interested in archeology so this is really nice for her because it’s her thing, she’s very interested in animals and dinosaurs.”

The competition ‘Make your Mark’ was aimed at Horsham school children under the age of 13 to come up with a creative design that Horsham Stone could carve on to their stone.

David Smail, a director at Horsham Stone, said the pupils had enjoyed their trip to the stone yard, and had been fascinated by learning about fossils, rocks, and dinosaurs.

He added: “It’s a great thing to do and we like to be involved with the community and it’s something we want to continue to do in the future.”

The school children who visited before submitting designs had enjoyed meeting Horsham Stone’s carver Andrew Swinley, who Mr Smail described as quite a character.

Simon Stainer, founder of Horsham Stone, said: “The mark will be unique to Horsham Stone and will be hand carved onto our stone that is to be used on future building projects all over the South East.”

For more information visit www.horshamstone.co.uk