Marsden Junior School chisel out masterpieces courtesy of Yorkshire Water

Michael Disley, a renowned local stone and granite sculptor, ran a series of his very popular stone workshops at Marsden Junior School last week.

Michael, who is based in Hepworth, trained as both an artist and stonemason and has over a hundred works sited in the UK, Europe and Japan as well as many pieces in public and private collections.

The week was spent instructing the children of Marsden Junior School in the art of stone sculpture courtesy of Yorkshire Water. Around 200 students took part in the workshops and they each chiselled their own work of art from a sandstone tablet which is theirs to keep.

Yorkshire Water are currently working on a £5million improvement project at Butterley reservoir with our contractors Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB), which will be complete by the end of 2017. Throughout the week, colleagues from both companies spent time away from the project to support the workshops.

Michael said, “I’ve had a great time this week working with the students here at Marsden Junior School. We’ve all had a lot of fun and the students have created some masterpieces they can be proud of.

Colne Valley MP, Jason McCartney commented: "It's fantastic that Yorkshire Water have involved a local sculptor and school in such an innovative way whilst working in the area. From the start, I've stressed to the company the importance of engaging with the community and it's clear after my visit, that it's doing its very best. To work with the children and see their enthusiasm was fantastic, and I look forward to seeing how the company continue to engage with local residents whilst completing the work to the spillway."

Following the visit to school, Mr McCartney visited the spillway to meet the project team and see the progress being made on the essential safety scheme.