Wiltshire College gets its name in the record books!

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By WiltsColl | Monday, January 27, 2014, 13:59

Wiltshire College is thrilled to announce that it has achieved a brand new Guinness World Record title for Most People Wearing Paper Hats (Multiple Venues).

A total of 1664 staff, students and members of the public came together last January hoping to become the first people ever to successfully attempt wearing paper hats simultaneously across multiple locations.

The complexity of the challenge meant that it has taken nearly a year to check and confirm the evidence submitted.

But it has been worth the wait and Wiltshire College is delighted to have received official confirmation from Guinness World Records saying: "We would like to congratulate you on your record-breaking achievement.


Wiltshire College Principal and Chief Executive Di Dale said she was also "delighted" at the news.

She said: "The record attempt was a true College wide team effort of which we can all be proud and I would like to congratulate everyone involved.

"It is without doubt deserved recognition for a fantastic effort of logistics and was a memorable way in which to promote the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle message to our students, staff and the wider community of Wiltshire."

Steven Hughes is studying the Uniformed Public Services course at Salisbury and is also a Student Union governor.

The 18-year-old said: "I really enjoyed taking part and felt that it was a great success as it created team spirit within each campus and promoted how we as a College look at issues such as the environment.

"The student union works hard to reduce the College's carbon footprint and help the environment and I am pleased to have raised awareness about that through the world record attempt and helped make it possible."

The idea for the world record attempt originally came from students on the Trowbridge campus, which captured the imagination of the Principal, who immediately got behind the students and involved the rest of the college in the attempt.

The challenge focussed on raising awareness around a variety of important life issues including the environment and sustainability as well as making it into the record books.

Recycling is an important part of the College's commitment to sustainability and the environment and this event supported the key message of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  The event was recognised for its impact with a Highly Commended for Green Marketing and Communication in the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Corporate Green Awards in May 2013.

Wiltshire College was proud to be accredited to the international standard for environment management ISO 14001 in 2012; one of the most widely recognised environmental standards for organisations in the world.

All the hats were made from recyclable paper and saw an impressive mixture of creative designs with everything from berets and top hats to crowns, bonnets and even a khepresh. Level 3 Art and Design students from Chippenham designed and created a lily pad hat especially for Di Dale.

The hats had to cover the entire head and were worn under controlled conditions for six minutes and 10 locations including the four main campuses and our enterprise centres in Warminster and Devizes.

The challenge was supported by the Rugby Football Union and Canterbury which ran taster sessions on each of the main campuses immediately afterwards as well as members of the public, schools, representatives from local organisations and five mayors and deputy mayors across the county.



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