24th august 2021

Bampton’s ‘Corona Cobra’ goes on permanent display at new development

‘Corona Cobra’

A group of volunteers with their 'Corona Cobra'

The installation of ‘Corona Cobra’

A permanent reminder of Bampton’s community spirit has been created at our Bampton Meadows development with the installation of a ‘Corona Cobra’.

Village residents have been leaving painted rocks for others to find for several years as part of the Bampton Rocks project, which has become a popular part of village life and has also raised funds for Bampton Primary School.

The start of the Covid-19 pandemic brought challenges for the rock ‘finders’ and ‘leavers’, but the creative idea of forming a snake with the painted rocks gave the project life through lockdown.

As the enthusiasm of the community quickly grew, so did the ‘Corona Cobra’, which soon contained over 1,000 rocks.



The installation of Corona Cobra

As we are building new homes in the village at the Bampton Meadows development, an opportunity arose to create a permanent reminder of the village’s spirit during difficult times. The rocks were gathered and placed in concrete earlier this month, and Bampton’s Corona Cobra is now on permanent display for all to see.

Krista Sullivan-Webb, from Bampton Rocks, said: “We are so thrilled that Bampton now has its own historical reminder of these extraordinary times, in which we still found a way to create something very special together and for future generations to see.”

Danielle Heard, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire, said: “We already knew that Bampton had a very strong community, but we were amazed and inspired to see how many people got involved with the Corona Cobra project.

“We were delighted to be asked to create a permanent display at Bampton Meadows and we hope that it serves as a positive reminder of how the village came together during a very difficult time.”