Children welcome Paddington Bear to town with handmade postcards

Paddington Bear visited Stevenage town centre at the weekend

Paddington Bear visited Stevenage town centre at the weekend - Credit: Stevenage Even Better

Paddington Bear paid a special visit to Stevenage at the weekend to mark the town's A December to Remember event. 

Children from Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School gave Paddington a very warm welcome with special bunting and colourful postcards for the legendary bear.

Over the past few weeks, Stevenage Borough Council’s regeneration team and Junction 7 Creatives have been working with pupils on the project which celebrates everything good about our town and its regeneration.

Woolenwick children created postcards to welcome Paddington to Stevenage

Woolenwick children created postcards to welcome Paddington to Stevenage - Credit: Stevenage Even Better

Inclusion and specialist leader in cultural education at the school, Christina Anderson, said: “The children were really excited to meet Paddington and enjoyed thinking creatively about what they really like about Stevenage, learning about the regeneration programme and thinking more widely about supporting refugees."

The children designed and made model houses from cardboard - not forgetting Paddington’s own particular requirements of having somewhere to make his marmalade sandwiches. The children’s creative work is being displayed at Junction 7 Creatives until the end of the month.

 Junction 7 Creatives

Junction 7 Creatives have been working with pupils on the project which celebrates everything good about our town and its regeneration. - Credit: Stevenage Even Better

Junction 7 Creatives co-director, John Prebble, said: “We’re really happy to work with and display the wonderful Paddington displays made by the children. We will be continuing to provide additional Paddington-themed colouring and other creative activities for children and families to do in December.”

Junction 7 Paddington display

Junction 7 Creatives have been working with pupils on the project which celebrates everything good about our town and its regeneration. - Credit: Stevenage Even Better

Cllr John Gardner, Portfolio holder regeneration and environment, added: “We are delighted to help bring our £1billion regeneration programme to life for our younger generation.

Paddington display at Junction 7

Junction 7 Creatives have been working with pupils on the project which celebrates everything good about our town and its regeneration - Credit: Stevenage Even Better

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"Engaging with the local community and schools is a key part of our regeneration programme as it benefits everyone, but the younger generation particularly, as we look forward to a bright future and an even better Stevenage."