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New Yoga Class starting in September 2018
Looking for a way to feel better in your body and mind? Got general aches and pains and feeling a bit less flexible that you used to? Find that you can't switch off your mind or struggle with anxiety? Come and join Jane O'Donnell for yoga. It's a common myth that you need to be flexible to do yoga, which is just not true. Yoga is good for all bodies, and brilliant for the mind too. This relaxed and friendly new Isfield class is suitable for beginners and those with experience too. Jane has been teaching yoga and mindfulness for some years now, and she has a background in nursing and hypnotherapy, so she is very interested in the mind/body connection. Classes are informal, with some music, full guidance given and a long relaxation at the end. Jane has never found anyone who didn't feel better afterwards. Mats and blocks provided, just bring an open mind. Give Jane a call on 07812 578181 to learn more and register your interest, and take a look at her website. Tuesday morning classes (9.30am to 10.30am) are running on 10th and 17th of July then restart on September 11th, £9 drop in or £8 if booked per half term block.
Isfield Art Group - Portraiture classes from Andrew Fitchett
Isfield based artist and West Dean college art tutor, Andrew Fitchett, is bringing an exciting new development to the well established and friendly Isfield Art Group when the new 12 week 'term' starts on 6th September; 6 half-day a week classes in portraiture, starting with drawing, to obtain accuracy and a likeness, and continuing with painting, with a life model throughout. The Group which continues to meet Thursday afternoons 2pm to 4pm in the village hall will extend their time slot to 5.30pm for these six classes which are entirely optional for Isfield Art Group members. We also have occasional master classes and painting days outside; we had a 'painting around the pond' outdoor session in August. The basic cost is £2 per week per member (this can fluctuate depending on the number of members and whether we have a masterclass etc.). For more details please email Katherine on firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Art class starting in September 2018 - Experimental Drawing & Painting
This course is for anyone who'd like to explore their creativity in a welcoming, friendly class. With a different theme each term, you will be encouraged to explore a range of experimental approaches to art through drawing, painting, collage, mixed media and mono-printing. You will have the opportunity to work from both observation and your imagination and often the processes and materials themselves will be a source of inspiration. There will be guided exercises, an opportunity for individual projects and occasional collaborative work. This course is suitable for beginners as well more experienced artists and offers the opportunity to widen your creative expression, address creative 'blocks' and encourage more spontaneity and mindfulness in making art. It's also a lot of fun! Louise is a local artist and art tutor with many years' experience running a range of art courses, including Life Drawing, Drawing Mandalas and the Zentangle Method.
Dates: September 10 - November 26 (no class 15 & 22 October)
Cost: £150 for 10 week term (includes materials)
Spaces available to join after the start of term. Please contact Louise if you'd like to find out more information email@example.com, www.mindfullycreative.co.uk, 01273 814683
ISFIELD FESTIVAL OF TALENT - ARTWAVE 2018
Isfield Village Hall hosted an ISFIELD FESTIVAL OF TALENT exhibition, August 24th to 26th, as part of ARTWAVE 2018, in order to showcase and celebrate the many artists we have in our local community and surrounding area. Artwave is an open, inclusive and very popular annual festival of artists and makers from Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven and surrounding villages. Over 150 artists exhibit in studios, homes, community halls, pubs, galleries and workshops around our beautiful county of East Sussex. Last year the Artwave festival attracted over 42,822 visitors across the 143 venues. In 2017, 50% of those visitors also visited local restaurants, pubs, shops and hotels. The estimated economic benefit to the area, over three weekends, was £1.3m.
Although very successful art exhibitions have been held before in Isfield Village Hall, in 2018 Isfield's Festival of Talent was the first time an event had been organised at the village hall as part of Artwave. The exhibition was designed to highlight the vibrant talents of our diverse range of local artists and makers and included paintings, jewellery, prints, woodcuts, woven willow baskets, sculpture, drawings, botanical art and calligraphy from over 30 artists and makers. Isfield Art Group mounted a small display of their work too in the refreshments area. Teas and home-made cakes were available throughout the exhibition. Our exciting event raffle had many superb high quality prizes donated by local firms such as East Sussex Golf Club, East Sussex Heath Club, Buxted Park hotel, Horsted Place hotel, Rathfinny Wine Estate, Carvills, Chariots, Miss Bloomsbury Florist etc.
We are very grateful to our exhibiting artists and makers, to our very generous major sponsors (W.E. Clark and Son, Millwood Designer Homes, KPS Composting Services, CRB Construction and Isfield Parish Council), to our generous donors (Kampsons Chemists, Profile Arches) and to our many volunteers who organised and ran this event, in particular Peter Rigby (Hanging Chairman), Adele Scantlebury, Peter Holmes and Katherine Meakin (Hanging Committee, Promotion, Sponsorship and Project Management), and Brenda Reynolds and her team of Isfield Art Group Members and Friends of Isfield Village Hall who provided teas and home made cakes throughout the event.
A very enjoyable and well-attended Private View was held on Thursday 23rd August for all Friends of Isfield Village Hall, the exhibiting artists and guests. Councillor Stephen Gauntlett opened the festival on behalf of Artwave, and Keith Taylor, Chairman of the village hall, thanked the Friends of Isfield Village Hall on behalf of the village hall management committee.
'The Friends of Isfield Village Hall'
The closure of Isfield Preschool after 40 years in the village was a sad loss to the community which impacted Isfield Village Hall severely; Preschool's subsidised hiring fees amounted to approximately 40% of our income in recent years. This was a huge blow, but we are financially stable and expect to be able to meet our day-to-day running costs with the ongoing support of our users, by continuing to run our own events, and by monitoring our expenditure even more closely, because we have:
- Renovated the hall completely in August 2017; this was badly needed, is a great success and should last a good few years, keeping maintenance costs down. We were extremely fortunate to receive generous donations from KPS Composting, Millwoods Designer Homes and Isfield Parish Council which made the renovations possible.
- Increased our revenue by diversifying over the past three years; by running surveys to ascertain which activities would be successful and to promote them (as far as budgets allow), by finding and nurturing providers (e.g. Wine Club, Art Group, Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Vintage dance classes, Floral workshops etc.) and also by holding our own fundraising events (e.g. Frost Fair, Open Day, Race Nights, Film shows).
The 'Friends of Isfield Village Hall' is an important part of our efforts to combat the loss of Preschool's subsidised hire fees as this initiative enables us to build up reserves for regular maintenance costs (e.g. floor, internal and external decoration) and to make more improvements in the future (e.g. to the toilets, including a disabled toilet).
When 'The Friends of Isfield Village Hall' was launched in September 2017 we are proud and delighted to report that we received very strong support from the whole community with many Friends joining and donating to our long term maintenance reserves for which we are very grateful. Friends continue to join, and we very much welcome all new Friends. We will hold Friends' events (e.g. Private View at Artwave in August, Christmas party in December) and to set up a Friends' Advisory Group to help us involve the wider community in setting Village Hall priorities. To join the Friends please email Katherine on firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a form.
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