As part of New Leaf’s conscious social responsibility, Becky had wanted to create a place of well-being that people could visit and engage with. In 2008, whilst following a babbling brook near the side of a lane on a steep hill, she stumbled upon a long forgotten well house that was obscured by brambles in the corner of a field near Cothelstone. Backed by grants from the Quantock Hills Sustainable Development Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the local council, Becky partnered with the Huntspill Project and Bridgwater College to engage and benefit local young people from the experience of conserving this local landmark, working on its restoration and communicating its provenance to visitors.
Debbie McKenna became the project lead and helped to develop a key outcome of the restoration project – the development of a free app that tells the story of the well and the project’s vision for its future via film and sound. Alongside the recorded stories and a video of the final Ceremony, a ‘sound walk’ of the journey up to the Well and the surrounding area was recorded by Alex Roland from Your IT Now (which provides care and support for people with learning disabilities) with one of his clients who is an expert in 360-degree filming. www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQgpF4LMRmw
Through the raised profile generated by the project, St Agnes Well is now included in the Cultural Secrets of Exmoor listings and has since received a Certificate of Commendation from the Historic England ‘Angel Awards’ for ‘Best contribution to a heritage project by young people’.
This beautiful place became our first well of wellbeing – please see the facebook page www.facebook.com/wellobsessed or download the well promotional leaflet.
You are invited to download the free App and visit the well … listen to the stories and history and follow the sound walk. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/holy-well/id1139540831?mt=8