It has come to our attention that a vinyl banner we had printed and displayed on the A466 was vandalized and removed entirely sometime last week.
The sign was positioned in the private land of Farmer Roger Shaw, who owns Big Monday and Little Tuesday (the names of the fields!), the latter being the field in which the sign was put. The sign was located just outside the village of St Arvans on the A466 road to Tintern.
The vandalism took place sometime on Thursday or Friday of last week – and we were alerted by Roger of its disappearance. Passing motorists may have seen activity around the sign at this time, and we would be very appreciative of any information that can shed some light on what happened.
Wyndcliffe Court have worked hard over the past year to become a creative place for the public to enjoy, the seasonal Sculpture Shows have had fantastic feedback and a welcoming reception from locals. The stolen vinyl sign promoted the series of Art and Craft courses we are hosting over winter, these courses are ran by local tutors and provide the public with exciting skilled courses in a beautiful setting. Wyndcliffe Court is becoming known as a venue for the Arts, providing Chepstow and surrounding areas with courses, garden shows and creative days out.
There was also second smaller banner beneath the Art courses sign, containing dates of the up and coming Christmas Craft Fair which is taking place on 7th and 8th December. The Craft Fair is a small event aimed at supporting local producers, makers and artists and encourages people to buy locally sourced items this Christmas. - we think supporting local makers is very important and this sign was being used to inform people of the dates it was on.
We can’t understand why the sign was taken, or by whom, especially as we are trying to provide the area with a beautiful new venue, with lots of exciting opportunities to be a part of. The sign is a large (1x2m) coloured vinyl with gold eyelets, held up by two wooden posts. – the posts are still there, all be left slightly wonky. The posts were securely attached to the inside of the fence, and have been loosely put back up sans vinyl. The promotional vinyl banners are expensive, and Wyndcliffe Court is currently having all extra funds invested into the restoration of its walled kitchen garden, as well as the installation of a traditional rose garden on the lower terrace – for the public to enjoy. We are disheartened to be targeted in this destructive way, and hope that someone may have some answers.
There is evidence of the sign being ripped, as part of it remains on the posts. As well as damaging the sign, whoever took it has also left all the cable ties (which were being used to hold the vinyl banner in place) all over the ground in the field. The field houses a flock of Roger’s sheep, and when putting the sign up initially, we were careful not to leave any thing behind. Unfortunately these cable-ties, which have been carelessly strewn across the floor, are a real hazard to the animals.
We are appealing to anyone with information to get in contact – we were told by Roger that when the ‘Humble by Nature’ premises was local to St Arvans, they also had their sign stolen too, so it seems to be a recurring issue.
(or contact the police on 101)