Flyford Green Sign
12th December 2021
We have a new sign go up on the Flyford Green recently (on the corner of the Bishampton and Radford Road) and here’s a little bit of background….
The Parish Council was awarded an Art Grant of £1207.97 as part of the Section 106 money from the Flyford Green development.
We consulted widely and came up with the idea of a sign. We asked Flyford Primary School to help with the design and arranged for a local environmentalist to talk to the children about the fauna and flora of our area. The school arranged a competition to come up with some ideas and the Parish Councillors for Flyford then picked four of the best sketches for the sign.
These represented the church as a long standing symbol of the village; a Boot which represented the traditional leather industry which was an historic living in the parish; a tractor to represent the agrarian way of life which was the mainstay of the village until recently and the Kingfisher and Piddle Brook which represents the wider reaches of the parish. There are bats in the church section representing the wide variety of bats that live in the area and of course the very rare Brown Hairstreak Butterfly which is found in Grafton Wood.
The sign was manufactured by a small artisan company from Sussex called ‘The Village Sign People’. The sign is manufactured from aluminium and the design is hammered in relief into the metal. Once that is completed the artist then paints the sign in enamel which is then fired to the metal.
The Parish Council made up the difference in cost between the Grant and the final cost of the sign.
It is obviously a unique piece of art and we hope will be treasured by 'Flyfordonians' to cherish into the future.