So far the winter has been wet and windy and the trees are skeletal and stark. However, below the ground the miracle of renewal is afoot. Come February, the nodding heads of Thorpe Market’s snowdrops will be peeking above ground to see who is around. Why not come and welcome their return on Sundays throughout February. Not only can you enjoy the glorious display of the galanthus in the churchyard but be welcomed inside our warm church by a feast, both visual and cake-based! Once again, we will be hosting a series of art exhibitions. Woodgate Nursery and Foundry will be selling a selection of beautiful spring plants and hand-crafted metalwork. We will also be selling honey produced by bees from our Hazel Grove by local bee keepers Ken & Theresa Caves. Woodland crafts from Wrong’s Covert Woodland Restoration, unique glass gardens and terrariums by Moongazer Glass Gardens and willow work by SilverWood Studio will also be for sale.
The funds raised help to keep the church and churchyard in good order, available for community use and, most importantly, open as a place of worship for the people of the village and further afield. Last year the snowdrops attracted over 1200 visitors over four Sundays. Our many volunteers come from outlying villages: Trunch, Southrepps, Northrepps and Mundsley as well as Thorpe Market. Without them none of our fund-raising efforts would be possible at the church, especially the homemade cakes that have been so much in demand that we produced our own collection of recipes for sale.
For further information please contact the Churchwarden, Martin Castle, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07817 027589.
Exhibiting artists for each Sunday will be as follows:
Feb 2nd: Three Local Artists: Rosemary Fereday, Antonia Martinez & Tony Lee
Rosemary Fereday loves of all things in the natural world and since retirement has returned to painting mostly in watercolour, undertaking floral studies in the ‘botanical style’ but recently broadening work into line and wash. Antonia Martinez loves drawing. She paints portraits, landscapes, floral studies in all mediums, with a passion for miniatures. Tony Lee is a self-taught artist working in acrylic. He began painting onto canvas in 2005, painting mainly landscapes and seascapes.
‘Nine Photographers’ have worked together, for a number of years, under the tutelage of Julia Rafferty. They have weekly sessions and undertake photoshoots all over the county. They share a love of the natural world and enjoy capturing the beauty that this county has to offer. Each photographer has a personal style and a subject matter that inspires them. Together their work creates a feast for the eyes. The photographers are Andrew Barclay, Pauline Chapman, Annie Cowper Johnson, Linda Gower, Mary Groombridge, Robin Myerscough, Julia Rafferty and Rosie Ward. Visit their website to see more: www.ninephotographers.com
Feb 16th: Rebecca Hitchens and 6by4 Secret Postcard Fundraiser
Rebecca Hitchens I have always liked the processes of print-making – so much so that I haven’t always got as far as the product. Now that deteriorating eyesight means I can no longer enjoy life drawing I’ve begun to try to capture a likeness using print.
Following on from the success of our secret auction of 6by4 postcards, we will also be selling all remaining postcards for a fixed price to take away on the day. The work is a lovely showcase of local and national talent by amateur and professional artists. All sales
Feb 23th: IMPRESSED Norfolk Printmakers
Using intricate techniques and requiring oodles of time and patience, the handprinted image can be unique or a multiple with variations; precise or spontaneous; textured; collaged – the possibilities are endless and the results are stunning. Key techniques will be on display in this show; etching, drypoint, screen-print, lino, monoprint and collagraph, by a diverse group of Norfolk printmakers, Sarah Bays, Paul Bommer, Vanessa Burroughes, Tracy Myers and Laurie Rudling.