News 8th October 2021
Fontmell Magna goes yellow for Mental Health and Wellbeing
The village of Fontmell Magna turned yellow on Thursday 7th October as part of Mental Health Week. The #HelloYellow campaign by the charity Young Minds, saw pupils from St Andrew’s CE Primary School and members of the community come together – whilst wearing yellow – to take part in an inter-generational project at the heart of the community.
Over one hundred daffodil bulbs were planted outside the village hall by the children, with support from villagers. A team of local residents also put on some fun craft activities for the children – helping them to create bright yellow cardboard sunflowers and daffodils. The younger children helped to decorate the village’s ‘Friendship Garden’ with a collection of knitted bumblebees made by volunteers, and admired the work that has been taking place at the garden, with themed flower beds being planted by different community groups.
The event was organised by Headteacher Debbie Brown and local resident Sian Highnam, who has been instrumental in setting up the Friendship Garden. Sian ran the London Marathon this month, and in support of this, pupils from the school took part in a scaled down version of her run, and talked about the importance of exercise for good mental health. At the end of the day the children had an assembly about the importance of mental health and wellbeing, and Sian joined the children to talk about the marathon and show them her medal! The day also raised a fantastic £125 for the Young Minds charity.
Debbie said ‘It was a magical day from the start, with so many children turning up in sunshine yellow. We have run, planted, created, sung, danced and laughed our way to great wellbeing today. This community are very special and came out in full force to help us focus on this important issue for young people. The school and Fontmell villagers will be planning lots more events together; without a doubt we all felt lifted by today’.
Sian said “What a joy it was to welcome the whole school community of St Andrew’s Primary School to our community village hall and to the Fontmell Friendship Garden. The garden has been established in the village to aid social prescribing in the Blackmore Vale Practice through gardening projects to aid and assist the health and well-being of all. How fitting that we should join with our youngest members in the community to recognise the importance of mental health and well-being. The daffodils planted by the children will be a constant reminder to us in the community of all ages joining together on a happy day full of smiles and laughter. We are delighted to be working with the school community and look forward to more adventures together “.