Ceramic artwork created to mark 120 years of Middleton Hall

A unique hand-made ceramic plaque commemorating Middleton Hall’s 120th year was handed over to Managing Director Jeremy Walford and fellow director Lesley Henderson at the beginning of October.

The beautiful artwork was created to mark the anniversary by Waterside resident and ceramicist, Les Simpson.

Les Simpson with the plaque he created with fellow residents and Middleton Hall directors

Les Simpson, holding the plaque he created, at the presentation ceremony

At a socially-distanced event held to present the plaque Les explained: “The design features silver and gold lusters to represent the Hall’s awards and a crackle effect to symbolise its age.”

Adding: “Our pottery studio and the classes that I run there have been going from strength to strength since they started three years ago and professional ceramicists that I speak to are envious about the facilities we have here.

“It has made an incredible difference to the residents who use the facility, and I can’t wait to be back in and teaching again.”

Jeremy Walford said: “Creating this beautiful work of art to mark our anniversary was such a wonderful gesture by Les. It will be displayed with huge pride for everyone to appreciate and enjoy.

“I’m hugely proud of the talents and creativity that are able to flourish at Middleton Hall. Last year’s Arts Festival was also a fantastic sign of what we can do and clearly showed the benefits and success of living in a retirement village community.”

The plaque will go on permanent display in The Orangery.