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Thursday 14 December 2017, 2:46 PM

Renowned local painter and sculptor PJ Crook has donated one of her artworks to a police-run Gloucestershire youth diversionary project.

 The eye-catching piece called "Room with a view" is now brightening up a windowless meeting room used by the project at Hester's Way Police Station.
 
PJ is a stakeholder for the project, co-funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner's Fund, which was set up in the memory of Neighbourhood officer PC Lynn Aston to give young people between 9-17 years old, the chance to take part in constructive activities in return for rewards experiences.
 
PJ was joined for the unveiling of the artwork last week by Countess Bathurst, the High Sheriff Andrew Tabor, representatives from the Police and Crime Commissioner's office and other supporters of the project including Ruth Fitzjohn, Lynn Aston's widower Eamonn, members of the team and the Aston Bear mascot.
 
A plaque dedicated to the project by the Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl was also unveiled and the winners of the  recent "design a Christmas bauble" competition were announced. Furthermore, the whole Aston Project team were presented with an award from the High Sheriff.
 
Police Sergeant Nicola Nolan, who helps run the project said: "In short, PJ has kindly painted and donated a fabulous piece of artwork to the Aston Project which is currently hanging in Hester’s Way meeting room. It follows a stakeholder meeting in the room during which PJ made her very generous offer of redecorating the room.
 
"The children and staff often use this room and the painting makes it such a warmer and more attractive place to be. It’s a real talking point and makes the place far more welcoming to walk into and a really nice place to spend time. I would personally like to thank PJ and all who attended for their continued support of the Aston Project.”
 

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