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Snowdrops and art at Thorpe Market Church

St Margaret’s Church in Thorpe Market will be continuing its programme of community events this winter with a series of “Snowdrop Sundays” which will include art exhibitions.

The snowdrops attracted over 1200 visitors over four Sundays last year, raising valuable funds to help to keep the church and churchyard in good order, available for community use and, most importantly, open as a place of worship for the people of the village and further afield. 
This year there will again be rotating exhibitions by local and visiting artists in the church, as well as stalls from local businesses. Home-made cakes and refreshments will be available.
Katayoun Dowlatshahi from St Margaret’s said “Our many volunteers come from outlying villages: Trunch, Mundesley, Southrepps, Northrepps as well as Thorpe Market. Without them none of our fund-raising efforts would be possible at the church, especially the homemade cakes that have been so much in demand that we produced our have own collection of recipes for sale.”
Exhibiting artists for each Sunday will be as follows:
Feb 2: Three Local Artists: Rosemary Fereday, Antonia Martinez & Tony Lee
Rosemary Fereday loves all things in the natural world and paints mostly in watercolour. Antonia Martinez loves drawing and paints portraits, landscapes, floral studies in all media, with a passion for miniatures. Tony Lee is a self-taught artist working in acrylic.

Feb 9: Nine Photographers: Andrew Barclay, Pauline Chapman, Annie Cowper Johnson, Linda Gower, Mary Groombridge, Robin Myerscough, Julia Rafferty and Rosie Ward. Visit their website to see more: www.ninephotographers.com

Feb 16: Rebecca Hitchens and “6by4” Secret Postcard fundraiser : Following on from the success of the secret auction of 6by4 postcards, the remaining postcards will be on sale for a fixed price to take away on the day.

Feb 23:  Impressed - Norfolk Printmakers : Key techniques will be on display - etching, drypoint, screen-print, lino, monoprint and collagraph, by a diverse group of Norfolk printmakers, Sarah Bays, Paul Bommer, Vanessa Burroughes, Tracy Myers and Laurie Rudling.
Thorpe Market snowdrops 750CFKatayoun continued, “So far the winter has been wet and windy, and the trees are skeletal and stark. However, below the ground the miracle of renewal is afoot. Come February, the nodding heads of Thorpe Market’s snowdrops will be peeking above ground to see who is around. Not only can you enjoy the glorious display of the Galanthus in the churchyard but be welcomed inside our warm church by a feast, both visual and cake-based!”
As well as the art exhibitions, Woodgate Nursery and Foundry will be selling a selection of  spring plants and hand-crafted metalwork, honey will be on sale from local bee keepers Ken & Theresa Caves, Woodland crafts from Wrong’s Covert Woodland Restoration, unique glass gardens and terrariums by Moongazer Glass Gardens and willow work by SilverWood Studio will also be for sale.
The event will run from 12 noon to 4pm each Sunday in February.
For further information please contact the Churchwarden, Martin Castle, at mdcastle57@gmail.com or on 07817 027589.
Visit: http://thorpemarket.org.uk

St Margaret’s Church, Thorpe Market, Norfolk, NR11 8UA



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