How Frampton Cotterell’s rock craze reached Africa
WHEN Frampton families started hiding rocks in the area, they couldn’t have dreamed how far the craze would travel.
The painted pebbles have been placed in nooks and crannies around public places by members of the Frampton Cotterell Rocks Facebook group.
But one rock hidden by a member of the group has made its way to the Africa and has been photographed in the Sahara desert – the furthest a rock has ‘travelled’ since the group was set up.
The idea behind the group is that people paint rocks and hide them, to be found and enjoyed by others out searching for them. Anyone who finds a rock can post a photo on the Facebook group to share their success. They are then re-hidden or replaced with another rock.
Most of the rocks are hidden in and around Frampton but while a few have made it out of the region, the rock on our front page made it to another continent.
Eight-year-old Havana Danter, above, found the rock in Frampton. Dad Shane left it in his car and forgot all about it, then sold the car. The car’s new owner then unknowingly drove the rock on a 4,000 mile trip to Africa. When he found it, he sent Shane a photo of the rock in the Sahara desert, which Shane posted to the group.
Fellow member Jane Harris spotted the post and identified it as her rock, one of dozens she has painted in recent months.
She said: “My daughter and I have had such fun painting rocks for people to enjoy finding and love it when pictures are posted – we were thrilled that one of them has been on such an adventure!”
Hannah Lumby set up the group as a way of getting more people enjoying the outdoors and engaging in their community. It was first set up just over 18 months ago and now has more than 600 members.
The group is intended for people of all ages, and Hannah would especially like more older people to get involved.
There have been some issues with people collecting rather than re-hiding the rocks, which led to a recent ‘rock amnesty’: the concept works best if there are lots of rocks out in circulation.
Hannah said: “Paint a rock and send it on its way to be enjoyed by someone else. Put Frampton Cotterell Rocks on the back of your rock to indicate that it’s linked to this community.
“Some kids really treasure their finds and adults too, they sometimes find a message on a rock that really means something to them.”
Hannah recommends using waterproof pens such as felt tips, or acrylic paint plus a sealant, to withstand the rain. She discourages people from sticking sequins or googly eyes to their rocks in case they fall off and damage wildlife.
Hannah is offering a prize for anyone who can find the very first Frampton Rock to be hidden, above.
She’s encouraging people to look through any rocks they have at home and put some back out around the village to enjoyed by rock hunters.