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A Hemel underpass gets design overhaul 

 Published on: 12th June 2019   |   By: Jerry Lyons   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Hemel organisation has made it their mission to creatively redesign the walls of a busy underpass. 

Hemel Rocks started in December 2017 and has an ethos of random acts of kindness. Their members decorate a rock and hide it for someone to find, some even travelling as far as America and Australia. 

The organisation has been involved with many community events, including attending Armed Forces Day last year. 

Hemel Rocks member, Christine Allsopp, said: “We plan to attend Armed Forces Day again this year and thought how nice it would be to brighten up the underpass in Gadebridge Park and add an Armed Forces Day theme. 

“This idea of painting the underpass white and having the community get together to use their creativity to add an artistic stamp on it has been running around my head for over a year. 

“We have a local graffiti street artist, Krudspen, who is leading this section of the project and I know he is keen to change the image of graffiti and street art.

“We then have Carrie and Nigel who have designed the armed forces wall.”

Other helpers of the project include Lesley Marshall, Charly Scott, Sue Kellett and Pat Jackman, as well members from Hemel Rocks and those from Hemel Hempstead Community page on Facebook. 

Christine said: “It is so lovely the comments we’ve been getting from members of the public and we’ve even started to get the kids from the skatepark involved. If they take ownership and make it their underpass, they won’t want it ruined. 

“One lady said whilst we were painting that it’s no longer scary walking down here.” 

The underpass is set to be finished for Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 29, where an event will be held in Gadebridge Park. 

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