Getting Creative for the Community


Back in the darkest months of lockdown, Molly W-S, a Year 12 pupil at Clayesmore pitched a wonderful idea to Jo Thomson, Head at Clayesmore to organise and run a Charity Art Sale in aid of The Vale Pantry in Sturminster Newton.

Molly’s family are business owners in Sturminster Newton, and having seen first hand how much of a positive impact the new Vale Pantry has been having on the community, she felt compelled to help.

Her request to get the school involved was met with a resounding YES from Mrs Thomson, Head of Art Kirsty Mareau-Jones, and Molly’s houseparent Ruth Readman, who were all delighted to support her in the Charity Art Sale.

‘Molly is an accomplished art student and was determined to be able to use art and creativity as a means of giving back to the wider community.’ explained Mrs Mareau Jones

The Vale Pantry feeds around 200 families each week in the local community, and has become a much needed resource during this troubled year. ‘It’s a constant juggle in terms of funds and food, and we are extremely grateful for the wonderful and creative idea with an art sale’ said Carole Jones, Vale Pantry.

Molly made an appeal via Instagram (@clayesmore) and what a response it received! Over 50 pieces of art have been donated from current students, Old Clayesmorians and other family, friends and community connections. All items are being prepared to be sold to raise vital funds for the Pantry.

‘We are delighted by the donations of artwork that we have received from across the school community, as well as from many individuals beyond it. Participants have donated a fantastic range of work, including,drawings, paintings, prints, ceramics, photography and digital art.  Thank You to everyone for their contributions’  Mrs Mareau-Jones, Head of Art at Clayesmore

You can view all of the art work at with this exciting sale launching on Friday 26th March.  You may be able to secure yourself a beautiful piece of artwork.

Vale Pantry said We loved the creative and imaginative idea for an art sale run by Molly & the team at Clayesmore, – so a BIG thank you – we hope it will be well supported and the Vale Pantry and our lovely 200 families we are working with each week thank Clayesmore enormously!’


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