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Children go ‘bug crazy’ for Melksham Rocks

MELKSHAM Rocks group went ‘bug crazy’ over the weekend of Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August as they painted 300 rocks which decorated the war memorial, ready to hide all over the town and beyond.  

The bug line event was started on Saturday and left overnight until 2pm on the Sunday, giving as many people as possible a chance to drop off their bug-themed rocks before they were collected and hidden across the town and beyond. 

Organised by Danielle Boulton, Michelle Brightwell and assisted by Hayley Illman, the weekend finished with 300 colourfully painted bug-themed rocks. 

The new craze that is taking over the UK, originating in the United States, encourages children to paint a rock and hide it somewhere for someone else to find. Once the rock is found, the finder then posts its whereabouts and a picture on the group’s Facebook page, and then re-hides it for someone else to find. 

Organiser Michelle Brightwell said, “Basically rock painting is becoming a national pastime! It’s taking over – no skill needed, yet it brings hours of fun and exercise to families as they go hunting for the rocks.

“We won’t know how many people took part as they were dropped off at all hours, but we finished with 300 rocks decorating the wall around the war memorial in town. At 2pm on the Sunday, people were invited back to claim any rocks that had caught their eye and set them free in Melksham, or further afield.

“Our Facebook page ‘Melksham Rocks’ has had people post that they have found them in Spain and Greece already!”

The Melksham Rocks group has organised another event, this time with the theme of rainbows. Join in  on Saturday 3rd October for ‘Drop a Rainbow Day’ and bring your colourful masterpieces to the war memorial ready to get hunting!.

For more information, join their Facebook group ‘Melksham Rocks.’ 

Right: Children with the 300 rocks at Melksham’s war memorial in Canon Square and Bug-themed rocks.

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