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Hepworth Rocks as four-year-old girl challenges villagers to find hidden decorated stones




A four-year-old girl has been getting creative and bringing her community together after launching a free – and fun – activity in Hepworth.

Lorraine Page said her daughter Amber’s ‘Hepworth Rocks’ decorated stone hunt was just what the ‘sleepy’ village needed.

Young Amber has spent her Easter holidays collecting stones before decorating them with colourful designs before hiding them around the village.

Amber Page and her mum Lorraine with decorated stones she has been hiding around Hepworth for 'Hepworth Rocks'. Picture by Mark Westley.
Amber Page and her mum Lorraine with decorated stones she has been hiding around Hepworth for 'Hepworth Rocks'. Picture by Mark Westley.

The idea is that anyone can go hunting for decorated stones. If they discover one, they are invited to share photographs of their finds on the Hepworth Rocks Facebook page, before re-hiding the stones in new locations for someone else to discover.

Lorraine said: “We moved to Hepworth about a year ago. I’ve also got a nine-month-old – Leo – and there’s not really much for youngsters to do in the village other than a little park.

“Amber said ‘can we start a stone trail in our village so people can find them?’. It started out as a little hobby for her. Once we’d decorated a few we put them all out around the village, some where dog walkers might see them and others you might only find if you were looking for them.

“We’ve tried to put colourful ones out so we hope they make people smile a little bit.”

Amber Page has been decorating stones and hiding them around the village. Picture by Mark Westley.
Amber Page has been decorating stones and hiding them around the village. Picture by Mark Westley.

Since Hepworth Rocks launched on Monday, children have already collected nearly all of the stones from their original hiding place and re-hidden them.

“We don’t always see many youngsters other than at start and finish of school, but yesterday we saw lots of children out with their parents and grandparents, looking for the rocks,” said Lorraine.

“This is something that the whole community can enjoy and get involved in. It is also a free activity, which is helpful when the school holidays can get expensive.

“Amber is really excited by the whole thing and that people are out looking for her stones.”

Residents are also being invited to decorate their own rocks and hide them around the village.

“This isn’t just for children, it’s for anyone – young, old, dog walkers and anyone who wants to get involved,” added Lorraine.

“As well as the excitement of people finding the rocks Amber decorates them at a rate of knots, she loves it.”

Follow the adventure on the Hepworth Rocks Facebook page.



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