A Mayflower MOSAIC has made a memorial tour to Hampshire.

On May 13th, a Mayflower mosaic designed by nursing home residents was unveiled in the assisted living facility of Speedwell Court in the West End.

The mosaic came from Plymouth and was the result of a project between the Abbeyfield Society, the charity that runs Speedwell Court, and Mayflower 400 Community Sparks.

This project enabled the residents of Abbeyfield, Plymouth, to embark on a creative mosaic project and plan their vision of a work of art that would further the legacy of the Mayflower Journey.

Paul Holmes, MP for Eastleigh, attended the unveiling at Speedwell Court with the Mayor of Eastleigh, who was present via video call.

Said Mr. Holmes, “I was absolutely delighted to visit Speedwell Court today for a collaborative project to unveil a handcrafted mosaic in the sensory garden.

“It was nice to chat with the staff and residents of this wonderful nursing home and learn how innovatively everyone has kept in touch with loved ones during the pandemic.”

The mosaic was originally designed to sit in a public garden on Mayflower Court, Abbeyfield’s new self-contained housing scheme in Millbay. Before the mosaic can move into its permanent home, it will be temporarily displayed in the West End nursing home.

Vicki Gillow, Abbeyfield Community Engagement Manager and art enthusiast who conceived the project, said, “We wanted to create the connection between the two seaside cities and the importance of both places on the Mayflower and Speedwell trips.

“The idea is to commemorate and recognize the importance of these trips and their legacy, the needs, the heritage and the connections with America today.”

The Mayflower Mosaic will return to Plymouth in the fall of 2021, reflecting the journey of the Mayflower four centuries ago.

Deborah Holmes, Customer Relations Manager at Speedwell Court, said, “We are very excited to borrow this beautiful mosaic memorial project that has been installed in our public sensory garden.

“We invite our residents and, if it is safe, their families and our community friends to enjoy the mosaic and learn more about the Mayflower Journey.”