Local ladies celebrate summer dining

It was time to raise a glass or two at a recent Summer Dining flower arranging workshop held at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall, near Chard in Somerset. With great enthusiasm and an abundance of beautiful roses, ladies from Chard, Ilminster, Wadeford, Combe St Nicholas, Yeovil and Axminster learnt how to make three designs for their summer dining room tables. Full story: read more

Milestone membership for Frome Writers’ Collective 

AFTER ONLY THREE YEARS, Frome Writers’ Collective is celebrating its 100th member, widely acclaimed blues artist and lyricist Eddie Martin. Eddie, who lives in Frome with his wife, artist Nicky Knowles who has also joined the Collective, has spent 25 years touring the world and has kept detailed journals of his visits to the 30 countries he has played in either as a solo artist or as band leader. Full story: Read more

TWO RECORD PRICES IN PICTURE AUCTION

Lawrences’ Summer auction of Pictures offered nearly 300 lots spanning seven centuries and a selection of high prices across the board reflected the steady demand for quality and rarity. Some of the highlights included £4270 paid for a small portrait of a seated gentleman by Austrian artist Ludwig Guttenbrunn; £4800 for a fine pencil drawing of Croyland Abbey by John Sell Cotman; and £5600 for a fresh and skilful pastel by Leon L’Hermitte. Full story: Read more

Trowbridge’s budding rock stars raise the roof

Young bands from a Bath and Trowbridge rock school showed that months of practice had paid off when they raised the roof at their end of year concert. More than 30 members of The Rock Project, who have spent a year being taught by professional, gigging musicians, took part in the gig. Full story: Read more

SOMERTON PUPILS BUILD ‘POD’ SCULPTURES WITH INTERNATIONAL ARTIST

Pupils at King Ina Academy became artists for the day last month, when international artist Jan Niedojadlo visited and helped them to build their own ‘pod’ sculptures. Jan’s interactive ‘podule’ exhibition had been on display at ACEArts in Somerton earlier this year and received positive comments from visitors of all ages, who were delighted at being encouraged to touch and climb into the artwork. Full story: Read more