Meet Prince Fred! our Hares of Hampshire Art Trail leveret
20th June 22
The Hares of Hampshire tour have now hopped into Winchester and you will find large hares and smaller leveretts dotted around the city! Did anyone find Prince Fred this weekend? Somewhere in Winchester, our very own leveret, designed by our children at Prince’s Mead has hopped to a secret location. If you know where he is, do keep it a secret for now and let friends find him.
Here is a little more about our beloved new mascot as described by Mrs O’Brien, Head of Art.
‘Meet Fred, who encapsulates much of Winchester’s regal and magical history and landscape. Fred holds the mysticism of King Arthur, the bravery of King Alfred and the literary creativity of John Keats. His roots are deep within the heart of St Catherine’s Hill where he loves to explore the woods and paddle in the meandering River Itchen.
Fred’s body depicts the magical energy that fills Winchester. With his historical spell book, passed down from generation to generation, and his weathered magic stick, Fred casts starry spells deep into the midnight blue sky. His typically English wellies stamp amongst the conservation areas where he discovers many special flowers. Each of these holds a special meaning including; the love of the climbing red rose, the sweet memory of a forget-me-not, the sweetness of a Tiger-Lily and the new beginnings that spring from a white Rose.
Fred is a leveret of great intelligence who calls on wise Latin verse to keep him strong in heart and mind. Yet although he has a heart of gold, he would instantly stand up and defend the weakest with all his might, clutching his father’s sword. He is a born leader who wears his own majestic crown jewels upon his face with immense pride for the whole world to know how great he is.’
We would love to see your photos with him. Do send to Mrs Bennett and we’ll keep a gallery of photos.