Yesterday we were delighted to be invited to the official arrival and opening of the much anticipated Golden Den, designed by children from local Robinswood and Moat Primary Schools in Matson, and a little help from artist Soozy Roberts.
To celebrate the arrival of the den, which has been designed as a special place for reading, children enjoyed letting loose and learning the Golden Den dance choreographed by Ellie Maynard to the sounds of a samba band.
Artist Soozy said of the Den: "The Golden Den is a magical, awe-inspiring, transportable, golden reading den, enabling storytelling, reading, making and performance, which will also help support local libraries to encourage families who might not normally visit their library to come and join the Summer Reading Challenge. It was also created to help support literacy in primary school children in Matson. The project has kindly been funded and supported by Gloucester Culture Trust, Arts Council England, Create Gloucestershire, Barnwood Trust, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, Gloucestershire Libraries, Great Place and Read With Me."
Children who helped to design the den received a special goody bag and had the opportunity to explore the Golden Den, a place they will be able to enjoy at Robinswood School in the coming weeks, after which the den will move on to Moat School.
As a second part to the afternoon's excitement, winners were announced from the recent poetry competition as part of the Hope Festival, where children and adults were invited to create a poem for the theme 'Hope Springs Eternal'. There were winners and highly commended entries from Robinswood, Moat and Finlay Road Schools, as well as newly crowed adult poet laureate Dawn Barnes.