A SPECIAL event was held in Droitwich to recognise the sponsors which had so far signed up to the Crown 31 High Street campaign, writes Ryan Smith.
The celebrations were held at the Staryard at 15 High Street last Wednesday, where the sponsors of the 18 tiles were given a certificate commemorating their contribution.
The architects were at the event and gave the sponsors a guided tour of the house to see progress on its renovation which began in 2017.
Residents who have invested in a tile included Steve Bond, Andrew Morris, Richard and Karen Nichol, Pat Butcher and Dr Anthony and Sheena Kelly.
The drive has also been backed by town organisations, such as the Droitwich History and Archaeology society, the Droitwich Spa Civic Society, Nick Joyce Architects Limited and Nicol and Co Estate agents.
Droitwich Spa Civic Society President Stuart Haywood said: “The excellent restoration of this medieval solar range is a big gain for the town.
“The Civic Society sees it as a reminder of the town’s rich heritage and a boost to efforts to attract more visitors to Droitwich Spa.
To restore the roof and building to its former glory, individuals, families, companies and community groups are being given the chance to sponsor the decorated tiles.
Each one, hand-made by the potter, will cost £210 to make and fire and it is estimated around 50 ridge tiles will be needed to complete the roof.
In return for a £210 donation, the sponsor gets their initials on the tile and will receive a certificate featuring a logo designed by ‘Wonky Droitwich’ artist Rosie Philpott.
Architect Nick Joyce commissioned ceramic artist Nicola Hulmes to research what each tile would have looked like after 12 original tiles and two ridge tiles were found.
The building dates back to 1420 and Freddy Charles once described as the ‘finest solar in Worcestershire.’
‘Wonky Droitwich’ artist Rosie Philpott, who designed the logo for the appeal, said: “I am so pleased to support the renovation of 31 High Street through art.
“I can’t wait to see it finished so I can do another wonky painting of what will certainly be one of Droitwich’s star attractions.”
For more on the ‘Crown 31 High Street, Droitwich’ scheme, email Nick Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 01905 726307.