Severn Vale Art Trail 28th April to 7th May 2017

Puffins. Oil. 10 x 16 inch. £250

                   Bad-Hare-day                             Flamingo- Slimbridge

A date for your diary. Severn vale Art Trail 28th of April to 7th of May.

Once more my wife Liz and I will be throwing open the doors of our home during the Severn Vale Art Trail to welcome you to view a wide range of my paintings and drawings. The whole of the ground floor of the house and my garden studio will become a gallery. We will be offering delicious cakes made by Liz along with a selection of teas and coffee. I will be working in my studio  for the first five days so you can come and chat and pick my brains if you want to. I will have two demonstration pieces on the go, a landscape of Wastwater in the lakes and a scene depicting Bass Rock with lots of gannets at nesting time. Along with my latest work depicting birds I will again be offering a lot of my past creations at very low prices just to clear some space in my studio so you could well pick up a real bargain!

Also this year my step-daughter Naomi will be showing her wonderful               Textile Art creations. Hand stitched, felted and embroidered pieces with a wildlife and landscape theme. She also produces limited edition prints and greetings cards, so plenty to browse through. A couple of examples above. She is fast gaining a reputation for stunning and unusual pieces and has had some very good sales lately.  Commissions are coming in at a steady rate so you might want to get in quick whilst her prices are still very reasonable.

We will open at 10am and close at 6pm every day.

We are situated very near The Lamastide inn in Old Brookend north of Berkeley. Go past the pub and look for the trail signs about one hundred yards on the right. GL13 9SQ

You can download the Art Trail Brochure at  http://thornburyartsfestival.com/art-trail/

Challenge for Hope Sportive – Sat 8th April

The 2017 Challenge for Hope cycle sportive is raising funds for the work done in Bluefields Nicaragua by The Peace and Hope Trust. The people of this very poor town in the poorest country in Central America need all the help they can get. The Peace and Hope Trust does a great deal of work building schools, clinics and laundry houses. They also set up and aid local projects to train unemployed people, feed children who would otherwise be malnourished and help protect vulnerable young people from exploitation. Education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and the trust does all it can to get the poorest children into education in schools fit for purpose. They send out several containers each year full of donated equipment and materials for schools, clinics and hospitals in Bluefields.

You can help by riding in the 2017 Challenge for Hope Sportive.

After the success of last year’s event, when we raised almost £4000, we are hoping for an even greater turnout for this annual bike ride. The 25, 40 and 65 mile rides will be fully way-marked with free refreshments on all the routes. There will be bacon butties to get you going and a bar and barbecue on your return. The start and finish is kindly hosted by Dursley Rugby Club in Stinchcombe GL11 6AJ and the new routes will take you through some of Gloucestershire’s most peaceful lanes. There are a couple of challenging hills on the 65 and 40 mile runs but the 25 mile ride is relatively flat.

Online booking is easy, just click here.

It’s just a £20 donation per household to enter but if you can give a little more on the day from sponsorship it would be gratefully received. Sponsorship forms available from swanwick@stablestudio.co.uk

If you would like to sponsor me for the 65 mile ride please go to my Just Giving page   https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ChallengeSportive I would really appreciate any support I get.

Cheers Ron