Kuala Lumpur to Wombourne

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The new hardwood benches that have recently been sited along the Gravel Hill section of the Wom Brook were officially presented to the village by Simon Hopcutt yesterday, the son of Avis and Grafton Hopcutt whose names appear on the benches.

Despite the seemingly endless rainfall Wombourne has endured over the last few days, the sun prevailed, and ensured a pleasant backdrop for the informal ceremony, when Simon and his wife were joined by family members still living in the village, representatives of the Friends of Wom Brook, a local councillor and the team from South Staffordshire District Council who organised the placement of the benches.
Simon is on the right of the photograph, talking to South Staffordshire Landscape Manager Howard Medlicott. This was their first face to face meeting, as all previous contact regarding the choice of benches and arrangements for their placement was conducted via email, between South Staffordshire Council in Codsall, here in the United Kingdom, and Simon in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

The Friends of Wom Brook were pleased to meet Simon and his wife yesterday, and thank them for their kind contribution. The provision of the benches will provide welcome seating for others to sit and enjoy the natural surroundings provided by the Wom Brook.

3 Replies to “Kuala Lumpur to Wombourne”

  1. How amazing to have come across this picture today. I have searched the internet for Simon Hopcutt before but not come across this. Simon and I were good friends at Uni in Manchester in the 70’s but lost contact a few years later when my husband and I moved to London and, as I believed, he moved to Malaysia! It seems that he is still there! I din’t have any contact details but would be very grateful if you would forward on my email address to him – so that he can get in touch if he wishes. Thank you.

  2. As amazed as Susan at coming across this photo of Simon after much googling ‘Simon Hopcutt’- I wonder if you could forward this and my email address to him as I would love to contact him to discuss his reflections on an arts and health project I am researching at Manchester Metropolitan University?

    I worked with Simon briefly in the 80s when he designed two remarkable buildings for Manchester’s mental health services. I was an artist working with service users to make a large mosaic mural in the entrance foyer of the Rawnsley Building. It was in the very early stages of Simon’s career and one day I emerged from the Rawnsley to see him sitting on a bench (neat coincidence!) staring at the building. “You ok, Simon?” I asked. “Yes… I’m just letting it soak in: ‘I made this!’ “

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