Lindfield Village News

Lindfield Bowling Club Ladies raise over £1k

Photo of Lindfield Ladies Bowling Club members.

On a gloriously sunny Saturday 1st August, the ladies of Lindfield bowling club, hosted by captain Vera Stevens, held a charity Ladies Captain’s Day in aid of Breast Cancer Now.
     Twelve teams from all over Sussex attended, dressed in pink for the charity. Following a light lunch, they played in five different challenges with the overall winner being the ladies of St Francis bowling club. Over the course of the day players had the opportunity to buy tickets for the raffle, lucky dip, plant pot auction, jewellery sale and a chance to win a bottle of champagne.
     Following the game, they sat down to a superb meal prepared by a team of ladies from the club. Following speeches and prizes, they also had the opportunity to bid for homemade cakes provided by club members. Tese actions gave the club a grand total of over £1k for the Breast Cancer Now charity.
     On Sunday morning, 2nd August, the club hosted the annual fun event with The Lindfield Club. This raised £265 for St Peter’s and St James Hospice. Earlier in the season Men’s Captain’s Day raised £651 for their charity.

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Fundraising art sale - Lindfield Arts Festival

Photo of art exhibition.

A prolific painter, creating abstract works in acrylic, oil and pastel as well as sketches and collages, Alex was also very knowledgeable and appreciative of other artists’ work, particularly early 20th century modern art.
     After being diagnosed with Dementia with Lewy Bodies in 2008, Alex continued to paint but as his condition deteriorated it brought his painting career to an end.
     “He was at home, confined to a chair and tragically no longer had the motivation or inspiration to paint, let alone hold a brush,” said Laura. “But he still talked a lot about his art and selling and exhibiting his paintings.”
     Following the death of his wife in 2013, Alex moved to a nursing home where he died in April, aged 82.
     “After the private family funeral, I felt I wanted to have some sort of memorial for him and started thinking about how I could ensure his work would live on,” said Laura.


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By Claire Cooper
     Fans of abstract art can pick up an original painting and help raise money for Dementia UK at a unique exhibition at this year’s Lindfield Arts Festival.
     Laura Morgan, from Haywards Heath, will be exhibiting and selling the work of her late father, Alex Wilson, who died earlier this year. It will be a fitting tribute to the Eastbourne artist, from the daughter he lost contact with for many years. 
     Laura explained that the family became estranged following her parents’ divorce. “It was only many years later, when I moved to Sussex, that we got back in touch,” Laura recalled.
      “We rebuilt our relationship as adults and found we had much in common, including a shared love of art. I remember as a child he used to sketch a lot but I don’t think he got into art seriously until he reached his sixties.”
     On moving to Eastbourne, Alex set up his own art studio and began to exhibit his work. He also ran a jewellery shop with his wife and became an expert on coins, publishing a well respected coin guide.
     “Alex was an intelligent man; a former chess champion who also enjoyed tennis, cricket and yoga,” said Laura. “He was fit, enthusiastic and full of character, always telling awful jokes!”

Lindfield Arts Festival 18th - 20th September

By Lynn Tulip
Come and join us for Lindfield Arts Festival and enjoy thevmany music, dance and drama highlights of this year’s weekend-long event.
     Music features as one of the core themes with buskers along the High Street and some amazing concerts and performances, including local favourites Ensemble Reza and Inchoir who are joining us again for 2015 as well as Mid Sussex Sinfonia for a concert on Saturday evening.
     There’s a Comedy Night in the Bent Arms to set the ball rolling on the Friday. 
     Why not join in with one our dance fitness workshops and get a taster of Fitsteps, Popsteps and Swoove or even Burlesque.
     Two of the drama highlights of the Festival will be the return of Barefoot Players with Little Women on Sunday evening in the new Community Hall at Lindfield Primary School and Community Plays along the High Street throughout the day on Saturday.
     The Lindfield Plays, written and directed by Robin Belfield and Jonathan Goodwin were commissioned especially for the Arts Festival.
     Inspired by the village High Street, the four plays will be performed at various locations and can be enjoyed as stand alone pieces of theatre or as part of a series.
     “The Ballad of Friar Tuck,” performed by Sussex Actors Studio at All Saints Church seeks the truth behind the legendary Tuck - friendly fat friar or simply a ruthless rogue?
     “Perfect Shadows,” performed by Stuart Angel outside Osborne Cottage, is set in 1592 when the theatres of London were on the cusp of a golden age.
Disaster strikes when Philip Henslowe is forced to close his playhouse because of the plague, and he returns home. 

Photo of SKDance crew, Lindfield.

     “Look away,” performed by members of Lindfield Dramatic Club, outside the Toll House, captures the night when villagers were asked to turn a blind eye as smugglers passed through the village in the dead of night.
     “Mr Dickens” performed by Laura Schofield, outside The Stand Up Inn, sees village resident Mary welcoming her famous house guest. Are the motives of the housekeeper turned bodyguard as innocent as they seem?
     Don’t forget to visit the Arts and Crafts Show, including exhibitions from the WI and Lindfield Preservation Society, which is open all weekend in the King Edward Hall along with a special Memorial Art Exhibition on the Saturday in the Stable Rooms, All Saints Church.
     Most events are FREE – however, due to venue limitations, tickets are allocated on seating capacity or workshop number restrictions. Tickets are available from SWALK, High Street Lindfield.
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