Pupils scoops awards for heritage artwork

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Two creative pupils from Isle schools have been presented with special awards for their innovative art work celebrating the heritage of the area.

Jacob Heptonstall, of Westwoodside Primary School, and Scarlett Kirwan, of Haxey Primary School, were awarded the annual Haxey and Westwoodside Heritage Society Achievement Award by chairman Diana Hardy.

The presentation took place at the annual year six school leavers’ service, which was held at St Nicholas Church Haxey before the pupils broke up for the Summer holidays.

Both pupils impressed judges with their intricate pencil sketches of key landmarks in the Isle.

The award was created by the annual Haxey and Westwoodside Heritage Society to encourage an interest in heritage among the young people and is awarded for the best work of art by a year six pupil from each school.

The Haxey and Westwoodside Heritage Society host regular meetings and organise regular events.

The Isle of Axholme has a rich history with many historical groups unearthing important discoveries on a daily basis.

The Isle of Axholme Family History Society also undertakes historical research across the Isle.

The society has a very extensive collection of booklets, produced by members ranging from the Parish Registers of all 12 parishes of the Isle to nearly all the census transcriptions between 1841 and 1901. The society also have Bishops Transcripts, Monumental Inscriptions and many local publications.

One of the projects undertaken by the society is transcribing the graveyard layout of St Andrews Church in Epworth, first done by Mr Foster Barnes and published in the earliest editions of the Epworth Bells dating back to 1873.

Members are currently in the process of compiling a detailed map of the churchyard that will acompany the transcription in the finalised publication out later this year.