A PUBLIC art panel has been installed at Pathfinder Place to commemorate the RAF officers who are remembered in the street names of the housing development.
The artwork has recently been inserted inside the propeller frame that was installed last year that reflects the original metal gates to the RAF camp. Although the actual RAF camp entrance was on Wellington Drive, this art was located at the modern-day entrance to the whole Bowerhill area.
“Many thanks to local community artist Marilyn Trew who designed and drew up the artwork for this panel and Shelly Signs for converting the artwork onto a panel ready for it to be inserted into the frame,” says a spokesperson for Melksham Without Parish Council.
“A steering group worked with the developers, Taylor Wimpey, to come up with the concept for artwork. The group was made up of members of Bowerhill Residents Action Group (BRAG), MWPC and RAF representatives, under the guidance of Wiltshire Council’s Public Art Officer.
“They then shortlisted and interviewed artists and appointed Simon Ridley, a blacksmith artist from Devon who took their ideas forward of depicting the RAF Technical Training School heritage of the area.”