Monday, 14 June 2021

Village arts show set for a repeat due to popularity

MORE than 600 people attended Britwell Salome’s arts and artefacts show.

MORE than 600 people attended Britwell Salome’s arts and artefacts show.

Resident Geoff Whittaker came up with the idea for the show, which included a display of more than 140 pictures by 33 artists.

Artists gave a variety of demonstrations and ran workshops and hands-on art activities, including pottery, tile-making and origami.

Katy Alan, who teaches art at Icknield Community College in Watlington, organised a painting competition for 11- to 13-year-olds which was won by Victoria White.

A raffle of a watercolour painting by Dominic Hyman raised £604.

Refreshments included a barbecue lunch and afternoon teas.

The village usually holds a different fund-raising event every other year but show co-ordinator Sue Granger said this one was so popular that it might be repeated.

“We are too imaginative for our own good,” she said. “This event was so successful and raised a substantial sum, which was double what we were aiming for. People really seemed to enjoy themselves and lots of families came.”

She thanked Oxfordshire county councillor Caroline Newton and her husband Matthew for allowing them to use their barn for the occasion.

About 80 people attended a ploughman’s supper and auction of promises later the same day.

People brought family heirlooms or an antique for valuation by Simon Jones, director of auctioneers and valuers Jones & Jacob in Watlington, before the auction.

Some lots went for three times more than expected and a lesson and ride in a combine harvester on Red Lion Farm was sold twice due to demand.

Proceeds raised from both events will be donated to St Nicholas’ Church.

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