Teenager creates school sign in dad’s memory

11:44 19 February 2013

Ben Ewing

Ben Ewing's great grandfather crafted most of the village signs in Norfolk, now the year 10 pupil has made his own sign at Wymondham College. Photo by Simon Finlay

Archant Norfolk

A teenager has followed in his great grandfather’s footsteps and crafted a sign for his school.

Ben Ewing’s great grandfather, Harry Carter, made a majority of the village signs in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

The 14-year-old, who is in year 10 at Wymondham College, carved the sign as part of the extended project qualification (EPQ), which allows students to follow their own interests and undertake a specialist project.

Ben made the sign in memory of his dad, Martyn, a governor at the school, who died from cancer in October 2011.

The sign, which is made from maple, took three weeks to make.

“I was quite interested in signs and I am doing the EPQ and I thought I would do something like what my great granddad did,” Ben said.

His great grandfather, Harry Carter, a teacher at Hamond’s School in Swaffham, carved and created a majority of the village signs in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

“I decided that the design for Wymondham College should be round and it needed to include an ambulance and a Nissan hut as Wymondham was used as a hospital in the war, a mortar board and books for the educational link, four main sports of rugby, cricket, tennis and hockey and a handshake to signify friendship and the strong international connections that the college has,” he added.

Ben, who lives in Trowse with his four brothers and mum, Sarah, received guidance from his uncle, David Carter, who restores signs and teaches design and technology.

The sign, which depicts the history and mission of Wymondham College, will hang in the Jubilee reception area.

“It makes me feel pretty proud,” he said.

“I feel that I have learned a huge amount from this project and I am proud that I have attempted to follow in my great grandfather’s footsteps. I admire him for his great skill as a woodcarver.

“He died in 1983. I am so proud his legacy lives on in village signs, many of which have been restored and reproduced in more hard wearing materials including the Trowse sign, where I live with my family.”


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