Em­u­lat­ing ‘king of gad­gets’ to support mu­seum

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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