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ISFIELD FROST FAIR 2018 - Exciting Stalls, Free Entrance, Raffle, Teas & Home Made Cakes, Children's Prize Competition
River Thames frost fairs, where local people sold their goods to each other, were held on the tideway of the River Thames in some winters between the 17th century and early 19th century when the river froze over,. Emulating this spirit of festive cooperation, Isfield Village Hall's fair has a wide variety of local art and craft stalls and suppliers of wonderful Christmas fare e.g. aromatherapy soaps and creams, children's book and associated products, handmade chocolates and sweet treats, antique writing slopes & boxes, ceramics, hand stitched and printed home ware, soft toys and knitted toys, textiles, plants, wooden artworks, painted and printed artworks, jewellery, cards, memo boards, Christmas wreaths & table centres, Christmas foods, cheeses, chutneys, etc.
Isfield's Frost Fair has become a very popular regular event in the village calendar. We hope this year's fair will be a great success once again thanks to our wonderful stall holders and volunteers. There's plenty of parking, and the hall, surrounded by countryside, was completely renovated last year and is fresh, bright, light and airy. There's teas and cakes on offer, a raffle, a prize competition for the children and, for hot lunches, we are hoping to have a mobile pizza van present.
ISFIELD ART GROUP - classes from Andrew Fitchett
Isfield based artist and West Dean college art tutor, Andrew Fitchett, has confirmed he will continue to work with the well-established and friendly Isfield Art Group for the first term of 2019, starting on 10th January, by running six classes in still life. Andrew is an inspirational artist and teacher and we are delighted that he will continue to teach us, and are hoping to move on with Andrew to landscape for the late spring and early summer.
Our Group which meets in the village hall on Thursday afternoons, 2pm to 4pm, extended their time slot to 4.30pm 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.) and Andrew's teaching costs are on top for those who want to join in (almost 100% of our members plan to join in still life classes for the new term). For more details please email Katherine on firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW DAISY BIRTHING MUM-TO-BE CLASSES from Midwife Lucy Newman
Daisy Birthing Mum-to-Be classes with midwife Lucy on Monday evenings, 7pm to 9pm, started on 29th October, and continue on 5th, 12th, 19th November, and 3rd and 17th December 2018 . All the best birth preparation techniques in 1 class - plus homemade cake. 6 week terms to be booked in advance. For more details contact Lucy on Lucyemail@example.com.
NEW YOGA CLASSES from Jane O'Donnell
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.
THE FRIENDS OF ISFIELD VILLAGE HALL
Last year we launched The Friends of Isfield Village Hall as an important initiative to combat the loss of Preschool's subsidised hire fees in 2017. Our Friends' support and donations enable us to build up reserves for regular maintenance costs (e.g. floor, decoration) and to make more improvements in the future (e.g. a disabled toilet). We were delighted with the wonderful response from the whole community with many Friends joining and donating to our long term maintenance reserves.
In October, we sent out the annual renewal letters to all our Friends, and did a mail drop through the village to invite new Friends to join and support us and, once again, we have had a wonderful response for which we are extremely grateful. This confirms the importance of the village hall as an asset for the community.
So far this year the Village Hall Management Committee has thanked the Friends by inviting them to a very well attended Private View event taking place before the Isfield Festival of Talent. Many people commented on the wonderful spirit and energy at this enjoyable event. There is a Friends Christmas party with drinks and canapes on Friday 7th December 2018 (7pm - 9pm) at the Village Hall. These events are sponsored so that no Friends' funds are spent on them.
New Friends are very warmly welcomed to join the Friends of Isfield Village Hall and all donations are very much welcomed. If you have not received a communication and would like to join The Friends of Isfield Village Hall entry form please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a form.
ISFIELD FESTIVAL OF TALENT - ARTWAVE 2018
Isfield Village Hall hosted an art and crafts 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.
Although very successful art exhibitions have been held before in Isfield Village Hall, 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, the Laughing Fish PH, Carvills, Chariots, Miss Bloomsbury Florist etc.
We give very grateful thanks 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, Rosehill B&B) and to our many volunteers who organised and ran this event, in particular our hard-working exhibition committee Peter Rigby (Chairman), Adéle Scantlebury, Peter Holmes and Katherine Meakin (promotion, sponsorship, project management, supervision/sales), Roger Cooter and Mike Fordom (hanging over 100 artworks), Brenda Reynolds and her team of Isfield Art Group Members and Friends of Isfield Village Hall (providing and serving teas and home-made cakes).
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