Yorkshire Water supports the community of Marsden

Yorkshire Water is keen to support the local community whilst working on a £5million project to replace the spillway at Butterley reservoir in Marsden, Huddersfield, so we have commissioned Michael Disley, a renowned local stone and granite sculptor who is based in Hepworth, to run his very popular ‘School of Rock’ stone workshops for students of Marsden Junior School.

Michael 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.

From Monday 6 June, Michael will run a stone workshop every day that week at the school so all 200 students will be involved. Each student will be issued with their own sandstone tablet and Michael will teach the students how to create a stone masterpiece that will be theirs to keep.
John Bond, Communications Adviser, said: “It’s great to be able to support the local community whilst we carry out the safety improvements at Butterley reservoir. Michael is a local sculptor, which links in well with the work on our stone spillway. We wanted to offer the school something different which we hope the students will enjoy and I’m really looking forward to visiting the school to see what the children have created.”

Michael said: “I’m really looking forward to working with the students at Marsden School. Sculpting stone is usually something they’ve never done before so the students are always really excited. It’s great that all the children are getting the opportunity to take part in a workshop and I’m expecting some great works of art!”

Yorkshire Water and our contractors Mott MacDonald Bentley are working at Butterley reservoir until the end of 2017. During this period, we will be the lead sponsors of the 25th Marsden Jazz Festival which is being held in October 2016.

John added: “We are also talking to other local organisations about how we can provide support and we hope to be able to make more announcements in the near future.”