YOUNGSTERS from Redland High Junior School have for the very first time met up with their "paint pals" – elderly residents living at a retirement home.
For the last six months, seven pupils, aged from nine to 11, and seven residents, aged from 75 to 90, from the St Monica's Trust's Westbury Fields retirement village in Westbury- on-Trym have been painting postcards and writing to each other about their interests and experiences. It is part of a project that uses art and painting as a way to link the generations.
After getting to know each other through paper, this week the children and pensioners met in person for the first time to build their new friendships, work together to paint butterflies and practise their brush strokes.
Year 6 pupil Kathryn Saunders, ten, has been exchanging postcards with Dorothy Humphries, 88, who moved to Westbury Fields from Kent in September to be near her family.
Kathryn said: "Dorothy draws beautifully. It was so special to meet her. I really loved getting to know her and choosing the colours for our butterfly."
Mrs Humphries said: "This was the most special morning and Kathryn is delightful. It's been such a lovely thing for us, a way to get know younger people, and to pass on our experiences. We chatted about all sorts, telling our stories about what life was like for us at school. It was quite different then."