Group’s Jurors visit is in­tel­lec­tu­ally in­ter­est­ing

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

A GROUP of blind and par­tially sighted peo­ple vis­ited The Jurors in­stal­la­tion at Run­nymede.

The group from Ak­tiveyes, part of Berk­shire Vi­sion which sup­ports the vis­ually im­paired, were given a pre­sen­ta­tion on the me­mo­rial in Run­nymede Meadow by James Evans from the Na­tional Trust.

The Jurors by Hew Locke, is made up of 12 chairs and was com­mis­sioned by Sur­rey County Coun­cil in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Na­tional Trust to mark eight hun­dred years of Magna Carta last June.

Don Reed, leader of Ak­tiveyes Group said: “There were 18 blind and vis­ually im­paired mem­bers along with their helpers and it was our first visit to the in­stal­la­tion. It is a very tac­tile in­stal­la­tion and each of the chairs project 24 dif­fer­ent sto­ries linked to the Magna Carta. It was in­tel­lec­tu­ally in­ter­est­ing and very tac­tile.

“Five of our mem­bers that went were to­tally blind and they were able to touch, feel and sit on the chairs. James Evans from the Na­tional Trust told us the story of each of the chairs and the his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance. We were all full of en­thu­si­asm about it.”

The group runs two trips a month, which in­cludes so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties like crazy gold and ten pin bowl­ing.

Mem­bers of Ak­tiveyes visit The Jurors in­stal­la­tion with Cllr Derek Cotty and James Evans from the Na­tional Trust.

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