Approximately five years ago, before Retirement Villages owned The Priory and well before I was here, there was an art and craft exhibition. Shirley Buckley, our Village Manager, suggested that we should think about another this year.
I decided, as I knew nothing about the history of art and craft here, to write to every resident and then visit each to discuss some entries. It took a long time, and I drank copious cups of tea! It soon became apparent that many residents were interested in arts and crafts. I was enthused about what I saw
On the 20th and 21st October we hosted the ‘Priory Showcase’ art exhibition. This included painting, pottery, quilt making, photography, floral design, poetry, crochet, knitting, tapestry, pewter work, enamelled miniatures, basket making, printmaking, weaving, lacemaking, soft toy making, and more.
We had a highly successful preview party, and the exhibition attracted support from families of residents and some neighbours from the village of Abbotskerswell.
This was a free entry event, but donations totalling nearly £200 were collected towards the refurbishment of the area where the exhibition took place; an eight-sided room that was once a chapel and is now called The Octagon.
Sandra Braznell (resident)
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