Want to know more about Heath Robinson’s “contraptions”? Come to West House during the annual Heritage Open Day, 11am-4.30pm on Saturday 13 September. Sample the delights of a Heath Robinson style tea-making contraption, and enjoy a freshly-brewed cuppa!
Created by the “Heath Robinson Inventors Club” at St Helen’s School, Northwood, the device really does provide a good mug of tea. Wheels turn, the machine whirrs, levers are pulled and, with a good deal of scurrying by girls in white coats, the customer receives their exact order. As Mr Le Bas, club organiser and science teacher, says, “It might be easier to make a cup of tea in a more conventional way, but it wouldn’t be half as much fun.” He explained:
“The contraption developed over several months, with the girls drawing ideas, finding odds and ends and testing various parts, working out what could and could not be done.”
“The wonderful thing about Heath Robinson is that his drawings link together so many areas of study: Art, Engineering, Physics, Design and Technology, and even History. We are delighted to help raise funds for the Heath Robinson Museum.”
Entry to West House is free; any funds raised by tea sales will go to The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust, to build a new Museum dedicated to the works of the artist who lived in Pinner for many years.
Trust Chairman, Martin Verden added: “We will be welcoming visitors to all areas at West House, which the local community has restored to a thriving concern. It houses a large selection of Heath Robinson original drawings and a room dedicated to those who fell in two World Wars. We will have plans on display for the new gallery, for visitors to see the next exciting stage in the building’s regeneration.”
This ingenious contraption attracted a lot of interest when displayed on the day of the Pinner Fair and the Open Day at West House.