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Budding artist Pippa designs Middleton’s first village shield

Residents of Middleton-on-the-Wolds have proudly revealed a new village shield created by one of its own.

The double-sided emblem has been erected six feet in the air on the Jubilee beacon in Beacon Field on Front Street.

Middleton-on-the-Wolds Parish Council was made aware that the village didn’t have, nor has ever had, its own logo during its Platinum Jubilee preparations to mark the late Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne this summer.

The parish council then sought a designer to create one, with budding artist and Middleton resident Pippa Simpson stepping up to the plate.

The teenager created the striking design featuring bold colours of the sun, a field and St Andrew’s Church.

Middleton-on-the-Wolds parish councillor, Tina Walker, believes the shield perfectly embodies the village.
She told the Wolds Weekly: “It was when we were making our Platinum Jubilee plans that we realised Middleton didn’t have a shield.

“Lots of villages do, but having consulted our local historian, we discovered that it never appears to have had one.

“Pippa shared some artwork on Facebook and we contacted her mum to see if she would be willing to design one for us and thankfully, we were told that she’d love it.

“It’s a fantastic, double-sided shield which is proudly in place in Beacon Field and the parish council would like to thank Pippa for putting her talents and time into creating the logo.

“We believe that it perfectly embodies the village and it will be used by the parish council going forward, as well as other groups and organisations associated with Middleton-on-the-Wolds.”

Pippa, 18, who studies fine art and graphic design at Wyke College, said she was delighted her design had been chosen to represent the village.

She said: “My design shows the view of Middleton from the top of the hill as you leave the village towards North Dalton.

“From this viewpoint, you can see all the major focal points of the village and it really encapsulates the village.

Middleton on the Wolds Village Shield

“I was really excited and happy that my design was chosen for the village shield and that it was liked enough to be chosen to be seen by everyone.

“I have lived in Middleton all of my life and I am happy to give something back to the village.”

A new section of trees has also been planted by the Middleton-on-the-Wolds Green group volunteers and children from the Middleton-on-the-Wolds CE VC Primary School.

The trees were supplied by a UK Community Tree Planting Grant from the International Tree Foundation.

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