More than 20 exhibitors to come together for art, crafts and food fair

Craftsman Paul Williams from Neatishead .PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Craftsman Paul Williams from Neatishead .PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

Residents at Heron Lodge in Wroxham will be joining in art workshops when some of Norfolk's leading craft and food traders visit the nursing home.

The Kingsley Healthcare run home in Norwich Road will be hosting its first art, crafts and food fair on Saturday, April 21 from 10am to 4pm.

Heron Lodge manager Alison Fallowfield said: 'We are proud to be part of the community in Wroxham and Hoveton and hope to establish this event as an annual event for local people and holidaymakers to enjoy.'

Neatishead wood craftsman Paul Williams has brought together more than 20 high quality exhibitors who often join him at such major regional events as Holkham Food Fair, the Royal Norfolk Show and the Aylsham Show.

Mr Williams, a former boat builder, said: 'I design and handcraft all of my products in my Broadland workshop using sustainably sourced Norfolk timbers for my food safe chopping boards, tapas boards, serving boards and bowls.

'I also offer a range of house and business signs made from oak; more exotic timbers are used for my gift range including fountain pens, paper weights and lamps.'

Artists who have committed to the fair include landscape painter Bob Payne, who said: 'I paint exclusively in oils on canvas, often on location, and emphasise light and atmosphere, the end result being a combination of eye and feeling rather than photographic reproduction.'

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Artists Anne Filgate and Pauline Fisher who work together under the label Off the Beaten Track will also be attending along with artist and photographer Liz Applegate.

Self-taught 'wacky wood turner' Joshua Hubbard, who says his greatest delight is 'taking a lump of tree and creating something beautiful out of it', will be exhibiting gifts ranging from trinkets such as keyrings and jewellery pots to large items such as clocks, lamps and coffee tables.

Clare Olley will be bringing her crocheted pots and baskets made from jute rope and twine while Nina Bligh will be displaying her distinctive hand-painted pebble art.

'Some of the artisans will be demonstrating during the event at a workshop for residents and visitors,' said Mr Williams.

Heron Lodge activities coordinator Janette Sumner said: 'We are planning an event for the whole family. There will be entertainment, face painting, afternoon teas and a raffle with really exciting prizes kindly donated by local businesses.'

Proceeds from the fair will support the air cadets in Hoveton and the residents' fund for extra activities.

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