On Saturday 23 February Snowy, formerly the Pilgrims Hospices Snowpup, was unveiled at his new permanent kennel at Singleton Environment Centre (SEC).
After the successful Snowdog trail, which brought civic pride and fun to the streets and community of Ashford during autumn 2018, many residents were delighted that several of the pieces of art bought at the Gala Auction were to remain as part of the community and can be visited within the town at Elwick Place, Gateway Library and, as of two weeks ago, at Pilgrims Hospices where Parklife was unveiled.
Now joining these is Snowy, who was bought by Great Chart with Singleton Parish Council at the Gala Auction.
We really appreciated the opportunity to interpret and paint Snowy. We’ve really enjoyed being involved with the Snowdogs trail and we hope that everybody loves seeing Snowy at Singleton Environment Centre.
Kaya Cook and Robyn Bailey, Ashford College students
Singleton Environment Centre invited those involved in the project to an unveiling at the Centre on Saturday. These included council guests, representatives from Pilgrims and the two student artists who painted Snowy.
Snowy was a sculpture that was a fundamental part of the pack, being the first pup in Ashford. But he wasn’t placed on the trail; instead, he took on his own pawesome adventure across east Kent. This included stays at Pilgrims’ hospices in Canterbury and Thanet, as well as popping up at fundraising events and in the Pilgrims shops in Ashford and Tenterden.
Snowy was designed and decorated by Kaya Cook and Robyn Bailey, Year 2 students from Ashford College.
Kaya and Robyn said: “We were so excited to have been a part of the Snowdogs project! We really appreciated the opportunity to interpret and paint Snowy. He has been decorated in lots of key symbols that connect to the hospice and its work; these include the Memory Tree on one side of him, stars and the blue Pilgrims logo. We’ve really enjoyed being involved with the Snowdogs trail and we hope that everybody loves seeing Snowy at Singleton Environment Centre.”
Ian McClintock, Chair of Great Chart with Singleton Parish Council, said: “It is really brilliant to have Snowy at the Singleton Environment Centre, but he will continue his pawesome adventure by visiting the two local schools in our parish and both village halls where many organisations will enjoy Snowy. We have created a ‘Friends of Snowy’ fundraising page so the whole community can support Snowy on his travels. I am sure he will be visited by many people at the SEC and he will be made very welcome back at the Pilgrims Hospice Ashford, too. Great Chart with Singleton Parish Council and Singleton Spaces are very pleased to be able to be part of the continuation of the first art trail instigated by the council and I hope everyone will enjoy Snowy wherever they see him.”
Snowy is the only Snowpup on public display, all the others have been returned to the schools that painted them as a treasured keepsake of this community project.