9th May 2022

Local poets have their words immortalised on plaques at our water fountains

Laser cut plaques with works of local poets have been installed on our three refill water fountains around the town. 

Three local poets, Carrie Etter, Dawn Gorman and John Hawkhead, have water-themed poetry immortalised on the Oakwood plaques for all to enjoy. 

The Halsey Taylor 4420BF1UDB – Endura II Tubular Outdoor Bottle Filling Stations were first installed in November 2019 and are in the following locations:

  • Sladesbrook Play Area
  • St Margaret’s Car Park
  • Culver Close Recreation Ground – behind the Pavilion

Cllr Alex Kay (pictured) came up with the idea to help visitors and residents reduce single-use plastics. 

“It is a pleasure to see these lovely eco-signs attached to each of the three drinking water stations in Bradford on Avon,” said Cllr Kay.  

“These were provided to help eliminate single-use plastics and enable everyone to refill with fresh, cool water, whether you are near Culver Close, outside the cricket pavilion, in St Margaret’s car park or by the play area.

“Each sign has a different short poem donated by three local poets to raise a smile while you pause and drink.

“I want to thank our poets and the generous donors for their support of this great community project.”

Poet Dawn Gorman (pictured) said: “It is nice to get poems off the page, to encourage people not to feel intimidated by poetry and to just see it as part of everyday life. 

“For me, that’s the biggest thing – that people are out there and interacting with the poems.”

The laser cutting and design were done by Melksham-based Cahoots Events. 

(l-r) Cllr Alex Kay and poet Dawn Gorman next to the refilling station in St Margaret’s Hall carpark