For 40 years a gem has remained hidden, buried by dirt and grass, but No More! Two well-known, local residents and community activists, Heather Prangley and Fred Holland, contacted Tracey and said they thought there should be some sort of memorial in Brinton Park, to mark the incredible spirit shown by the people of Kidderminster during the first Covid lockdown. Tracey totally agreed that the situation should be marked, but wasn’t convinced about a memorial in the park and so came up with the idea of resurrecting the Water Cascade in the Wall.
In case you don’t know it, the cascade is in the section of wall, bordering the ring road, from the bottom of Comberton Hill to the Worcester Road. Heather and Fred thought it was a great idea so Tracey set to work. Knowing money would be the first issue, she used some of her council funding to initially get the site cleared.
Once cleared and following further investigations, the project was costed and it was necessary to raise a further £4,500. Cllr Nathan Desmond was first to chip in, followed by Town Cllrs David Ross, Kevin Gale and Mike Cheeseman which provided enough funds to have all the groundwork done, tank, pump, steel cage to hold the rockery. The current shortfall is just £2,500, for electrical work, including the provision of rainbow lighting, so Tracey has put a request into Kidderminster Town Council (thanks Tony B) and fingers crossed they will agree, so that we can get the Cascade switched on on 23rd March 2021, to mark the anniversary of the first lockdown.
Can I take this opportunity to thank, as well as those mentioned above - Adam, Warren, Gasparo and all the WFDC team who have been both brilliant and supportive, both James the pump man and the Kevins (electric and cage guys) who financially saved the project twice! Together with Peter in planning and ‘Civic Society’ Mike for showing us the way! Couldn’t have done it without you all – a great joint project and we’re nearly there!