Students and facilities at William Brookes School in Much Wenlock, Shropshire

Liz Thomas Memorial Award

Liz Thomas

Liz and her husband Brian moved to Much Wenlock in 1985 with Liz soon becoming an active and well respected member of the local community. She went on to hold roles with the Town Council and the Wenlock Olympian Society for many years. Liz was invited to join the School’s Board of Governors in 1999 and went on to support the School and its students using her experience and contacts within the world of the Performing Arts and media whenever appropriate.

In 2004, Liz was a member of the team which was instrumental in the design and development of plans for The Edge Arts Centre, raising awareness and funding not just for the construction but for the programme of events it went on to deliver, acting as Chair of the Management Committee. She was also a key member of the Governing Body during the planning, design and construction of the new school building which was completed in September 2010.

2012 saw Much Wenlock and William Brookes School host a visit of the London Olympic Games torch relay with Liz at the helm of several other projects organised to celebrate this momentous occasion;

  • The construction of the tiled public art project at the front of the school, which is a scale replica of one at the Olympic Park in London;
  • The Encompass Dance Project which saw students from William Brookes School work with professional choreographers to perform a variety of routines bringing movement and dance from a number of genres together in an inflatable dome which was especially designed and constructed for this project;
  • The Coubertin Oaks Project, linking Much Wenlock with the Olympic Park through a "ribbon" of oak trees in schools and colleges en route;
  • The Much Wenlock Olympian Sculpture Trail;
  • The Wenlock Olympian Trail, which brings together all the local Olympian history and features that are so important to our community

Following her sudden death in March 2016, a Memorial Fund was created using the donations made by friends, colleagues and acquaintances. It is the wish of Liz’s family that this Fund is used to continue her support of students of William Brookes School in the form of an annual award to be used to widen and enhance their experience of a chosen interest.

Recipients might use the funding to access opportunities such as extra tuition; visits to galleries and theatres; or maybe attend a series of lectures to enhance development and personal enjoyment.

Students of William Brookes School from all Key Stages are eligible to apply with shortlisted applications considered by a panel made up by a member of Liz’s family, a member of the local community and a member of staff from school during the autumn term. Three recipients will be selected and awarded up to £200. They will be invited to contribute to the School’s annual Presentation Evening the following September by way of a performance, a reading or submission of a piece of academic work inspired by the event they attended. They will also be presented with a certificate at Presentation Evening in recognition of what they have done.

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If you are interested in supporting this valuable and unique opportunity by making a donation to the Liz Thomas Memorial Fund then please contact Kerry Cloud at kcloud@williambrookes.com