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New craze spreading smiles globally makes its mark in Wythall

Sarah Mason 24th Aug, 2018 Updated: 28th Aug, 2018

A GLOBAL craze spreading smiles has hit Wythall.

‘Wythall rocks’ sees people paint a stone – or several – and hide them for people to find, and hopefully brighten someone’s day.

Some people go out hunting for the stones, which have been found hidden across Wythall and surrounding areas.

And some baffled townspeople stumble across them by accident, but after a little online research discover the social media community and can often find out who painted the stone.

They then even go on to create their own mini pieces of artwork.

After uncovering some decorated stones while in Devon and Wales on holiday Jem Swindell decided to bring the idea to Wythall in a bid to do something for the community.

Armed with paint, varnish and the all important stones, Jem and her children got to work creating the first of #Wythallrocks.

The mum-of-two set up a Facebook group in July, which now boasts 630 members, so people could share where they have found rocks and give a clue as to where they have been re-hidden.

Some rocks are hidden and then re-hidden, others are taken home, and some have been hidden further afield.

Jem said the rocks are hidden all over Wythall, Hollywood and the surrounding areas. One of the most popular locations is Wythall Park.

Jem added: “It is like a treasure hunt, it is really for the whole community, any age and any artistic ability.

“The initial idea was to promote fun and exercise for all, finding the rocks is simple but enjoyable.

“It has certainly made a few people smile.

“We have a few dogs and a cat who are getting in on the act and finding our hidden stones too.

“Daily we have several updates where locals are posting their pictures and their finds on the face book page.

“The weather this summer has been great, the rocks have certainly helped getting the children out for walks with a purpose.

“We hope it continues to grow and are really excited that some of our rocks maybe found miles away. We use the #Wythallrocks so if you find any be sure to let us know.”

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