Tiverton High School girls participate in arts and heritage project celebrating 200 years of Tiverton

Female students at Tiverton High School are learning new skills through an arts and heritage initiative organised by Daisi (Devon Arts in Schools charity). The golf and ceramics scheme is part of a wider project 200 Years of Tiverton: the legacy of the Heathcoat-Amory family which invites Tiverton residents to explore the town in new ways.

On Friday 7th February, ten year 10 students participated in one of three activity days featuring sessions on a golf simulator, supported by Richard Coffin from Silverleigh Golf Centre, as well as an introductory ceramics workshop with Rupert Johnstone (RAMP pottery) at the Devon Applied Arts Workshop in Dunsmore. Ten more girls will repeat the experience on Friday 14th February.

These activities have been inspired by world renowned golfer, Joyce Wethered. Joyce was the last remaining member of the Heathcoat-Amory family to live at National Trust property Knightshayes Court, where a room is dedicated to this part of her life with trophies, golf clubs and memorabilia on display.

Jenny Bassham, Head of Art at Tiverton High School, said: “This initiative is a great way for students to learn new skills while also appreciating the town’s local heritage.”

In April, PGA head professional Alistair Welsher from Tiverton Golf Club is offering taster sessions to the girls from Tiverton High School and a ‘Mums and Daughters have- a-go session’ will take place on Saturday 25th April.

Jenny added: “The sessions have been great fun for our students so far, and we’re looking forward to the have-a-go golf taster sessions later in the year.”