Storywalks for West Somerset pupils

Somerset County Gazette: POET and storyteller Chris Jelly, headteacher and Marcus Capel; middle row: Tyler Kendall, Phoebe Schmieder, Millie Bishop, Jack Gardner and Minnie Cross; front row: Callum Ash, Tyler Webster and Katie Sanders. PHOTO: Submitted. POET and storyteller Chris Jelly, headteacher and Marcus Capel; middle row: Tyler Kendall, Phoebe Schmieder, Millie Bishop, Jack Gardner and Minnie Cross; front row: Callum Ash, Tyler Webster and Katie Sanders. PHOTO: Submitted.

WEST Somerset poet and storyteller Chris Jelly has been visiting schools in the area to take part in his Coleridge Way poem trail.

Pupils from Timberscombe, Cutcombe, Stogumber and Crowcombe have been taking part this year.

They were taken along the trail, gathering inspiration in a similar way to Coleridge and Wordsworth.

Back in the classroom, the pupils have been crafting their poems with the help of Jenny Mash, a teacher and artist.

Chris has taken their poems and transformed them into QR codes which have been etched onto slate and are being reinstalled along the trail.

The children's poems will be available for all to read when the codes are scanned.

They will be installed over summer along with others which have already been fixed in place.

Headteacher of Cutcombe and Timberscombe Schools, Marcus Capel said: “Both my schools really enjoyed the day with Chris Jelly and Jenny Mash.

“We walked up through the woods towards the Great Oak at Timberscombe and enjoyed the wonderful views.

“The word cloud engraved on the slate is a fabulous record of the experience and we are excited to think of the children's poems being able to be ready by visitors to the Coleridge Way as they walk along. “

The QR codes engraved on the slate is a great use of technology and we will be walking part of the route ourselves with our ipads to share all the other poems.

“Thank you to Chris and Jenny for a brilliant experience.”

For more information, visit www.storywalks.info

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