28th Oct, 2016

Labyrinth could boost Pershore

Evesham Editorial 17th Apr, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A RESIDENT is on a mission to bring a new outdoor visitor attraction to Pershore which she claims would boost the town.

Sarah Colloby, who was born and bred in Pershore, plans to create a new labyrinth which residents could use in several ways.

Labyrinths can be made out of anything and are often thought of as some form of maze but actually there is only one path which leads to the centre.

They can be used for recreational purposes, problem solving or for a quiet moment of reflection. They have previously been made in the grounds of hospices, universities and community gardens

Should a labyrinth be installed in the town, it could be one of the first of its kind in Worcestershire.

Staff at Holland House in nearby Cropthorne also have plans to install a labyrinth at the grounds of the retreat home.

At a Pershore Town Council meeting on Thursday (April 10) councillors welcomed the idea and decided to conduct feasibility studies looking into possible locations and ways it could be the funded.

Possible locations include King George V Playing Fields at the back of the leisure centre or on Abbey Park.

Speaking to the Observer, Sarah said she was thrilled with the response given by the council and hoped positive discussions would continue.

“I first became interested in Labyrinths about eight years ago and since then my passion for them has kind of taken over my life,” she said.

“There has been a resurgent of interest in labyrinths in recent years and I think it would prove to be a real asset for Pershore. It’s great the town council are open with the idea.”

The next step of the project will see Sarah set up a temporary labyrinth outside Pershore Town Hall on Saturday, May 10 to raise awareness of labyrinths to residents.

As well as this, Sarah would like to hear initial views from residents about the plans and whether they would like to join a labyrinth working group for the town to help the project become a reality.

Anyone interested in being part of the group should email Sarah on scolloby@yahoo.co.uk.

*Would you like to see a labyrinth in Pershore? Email your thoughts to editor@eveshamobserver.co.uk.