26 03 21 | Community

Have you seen the Romiley Window Wanderland trail?

Have you seen the Romiley Window Wanderland trail?

The window art shows an illustrated map of Romiley with local landmarks including St Chad's Chapel, the Primary School, Romiley Forum Theatre and Life Leisure

The Romiley Window Wanderland Trail has now launched – 65 homes and organisations, including the local station, mums and babies group and the community cafe, have turned their windows into light boxes displaying artwork celebrating Spring: Growth and Hope.

The organisers, Twisted Trees Productions, teamed up with the volunteers at Romiley Life Centre Cafe to produce a massive 15 and a half meter square design to fill the huge windows in the centre of Romiley to celebrate the local organisations and volunteers that help make Romiley such a special place to live. 

The window art shows an illustrated map of Romiley with local landmarks including St Chad’s Chapel, the Primary School, Romiley Forum Theatre and Life Leisure as well as symbols that represent the voluntary and benevolent organisations such as the ‘Friends of’ groups, Sustainable Living Romiley and Oasis lunch club.

The vision of the Romiley Window Wanderland Trail was to promote the volunteers of Romiley through the art in their windows, we didn’t think that we would be celebrating the volunteers by making one of the biggest window art displays in the country showing a map of where they are across the Village!

Lesley, the Life Centre manager got in touch to offer the huge windows with less than two weeks before the trail launch on March 20th, but undaunted by the short turnaround, Melanie from Twisted Trees drew the design whilst Life Centre Cafe manager, Ruth coordinated a small group of cafe volunteers to take part in covid safe workshops throughout the week.

The design features silhouettes of the landmarks of Romiley which were meticulously made by Liz, one of the volunteers who was joined by Jeanette, Pauline and Marilyn to work with Lesley and Ruth from the Life Centre and Ami and Melanie from Twisted Trees. Ami noted how the buildings tell the story of Romiley’s development through the changing architecture. The artwork also features wildlife, green spaces, the historic bridge over the railway and the new bridge over the river Goyt that takes pedestrians to Marple.

This was a huge undertaking which was completed in exactly a week after the design was first sketched out. The volunteers were surprised by their artistic ability and talked about their sense of achievement on completing something so big. A short film of the art work can be seen here:

“It was a celebration of the volunteering efforts that have been so predominant around the village, especially through covid, and a celebration of looking towards coming out of that as a it was a project that got us back together.” said Lesley.

Ami and Melanie from Twisted Trees Productions reflected that Covid affects everything and our Romiley Window Wanderland has not been exempt. However, the project was conceived as a creative response to the restrictions and we felt very determined to make it happen despite the challenges. As organisers we can only do so much, without the window makers, their enthusiasm, positivity, effort, imagination, resourcefulness, resilience and let’s face it courage to put themselves literally on the map, none of this would be possible. 

Light up is between 6-9pm each day and the Window Wanderland map of participating homes can be found here: https://www.windowwanderland.com/event/romiley-2021/

There is still opportunity to take part as the trail runs until April 4th and homes are still joining almost daily. Use the above link or email info@twistedtreesproductions.com

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