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YOGA with 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 at the village hall on Tuesday mornings, 9.30am to 10.30am. Jane's aim is to make yoga accessible. She says that 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. 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. This relaxed and friendly class is suitable for beginners and those with experience too. Full guidance given and there is a long relaxation at the end. Jane says that she has never found anyone who didn't feel better afterwards. Mats and blocks are provided. Give Jane a call on 07812 578181 to learn more and register your interest, and take a look at her website..
ISFIELD ART GROUP - classes from Andrew Fitchett
Isfield Art Group meets in the village hall on Thursday afternoons, 2pm to 4pm. We are delighted that Isfield based artist and West Dean college art tutor, Andrew Fitchett, an inspirational artist and teacher, will be running six classes on landscape next 'term' starting on May 9th, each class running from 2pm to 4.30pm. We also have occasional master classes and painting days outside; for example, we had a 'painting around the pond' outdoor session last August. The basic cost is £22 for a 12 week 'term' (i.e. less than £2 a week, but 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. For more details please contact Katherine by email on email@example.com
EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING & PAINTING CLASSES with Louise Gorst
Louise of Mindfully Creative started a new 10 week term on 14th January running to 25 March (no class 18 February), 10am to 12.30pm, at Isfield Village Hall. Louise is an experienced Art tutor and Certified Zentangle Teacher with over 20 year's experience teaching art and leading creativity groups. Louise confirms that this is a very popular class focusing on experimental techniques in drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking and collage. Each term has a different theme and the emphasis is on accessing and engaging in the flow of the creative process. The 10 week course costs £150 and includes most materials. Some responses from people on the Experimental Drawing & Painting course: 'Very enjoyable introduction to expressive drawing for all levels. I especially loved the printmaking, it was magical.' NK, Seaford. 'Great teacher who inspires creativity and a very supportive atmosphere. I would highly recommend this class.' CW, Brighton. For more details contact Louise by email on firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 01273 814683, 07717 240307 and check her website.
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.
The Village Hall Management Committee thanked the Friends at a wonderful Private View event taking place before the Isfield Festival of Talent. Many people commented on the positive spirit and energy at this enjoyable event. There was also a well attended Friends Christmas party with drinks and canapes on Friday 7th December 2018 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 email@example.com 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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