Emulating ‘king of gadgets’ to support museum
A GROUP of schoolchildren have created a tea-making contraption styled on the work of a cartoonist.
The Heath Robinson Inventors Club at St Helen’s School, in Northwood, has created a machine to help raise funds for a new museum in West House, Pinner Memorial Park.
Tea lovers will have the opportunity to try out a freshly brewed cuppa during the annual Heritage Open Day on Saturday, 11am to 4.30pm.
Chris Le Bas, club organiser and science teacher, said: “It might be easier to make a cup of tea in a more conventional way, but it wouldn’t be half as much fun.
“The contraption was developed over several months, with the girls drawing ideas, finding odds and ends and testing various parts, working out what could and could not be done. We are delighted to help raise funds for the Heath Robinson Museum.”
Any funds raised by tea sales will go to The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust, to build a new museum dedicated to the work of the artist, best known for his drawings of absurdly complicated machines for achieving simple objectives.
Trust chairman Martin Verden added: “We will be welcoming visitors to all areas at West House, which the local community has restored to a thriving concern. It houses a large selection of Heath Robinson original drawings and a room dedicated to those who fell in the two world wars.
“We will have plans on display for the new gallery, for visitors to see the next exciting stage in the building’s regeneration.”
West House is in Pinner Memorial Park, in West End Lane. Entry is free.
n n TAKING THE REINS: The new Mr and Mrs Williamson en route from St Martin’s Church to Southlands Arts Centre Contributed