Gallery Residents’ Gallery We always receive a report on the residency from a departing writer and we always take photographs. These are some of them. Click on any photograph to see the full image, and read their comments. Joan Bakewell (resident 2014) Quotation from the opening of Stop the Clocks: Thoughts on what I leave behind (Virago 2016) which was largely written at Church Cottage. In the middle of old age I find myself in a small cottage. No more than two rooms: a latch opens the door into a tiny entrance then directly into the lower room…. Just straight into the one room- there is no other. This is for eating, working, living…..So, open the door and come in. Inside is the creation of a woman of country taste, a woman who obviously takes time, who pays attention to detail, who is not in a hurry. The room is no bigger than a small study. And that is exactly what it is. Along one wall extend allt he facilites a writer needs: a desk, rows of electric sockets, a CD player and radio, a television set, a router and a printer. This working space is tucked beneath the slop of the stairs which in turn supports a set of narrow shelves for paperclips, stationery, a jar of pens, a torch. It is all I need. Central to the room is an elegant round table and two Edwardian chairs. And beyond, a series of cupboards with pine doors and drawers that open to reveal a fridge, pots and pans, tablecloths, rolls of silver foil,,,the active components of good and easy cooking. Walls front and back have leaded windows opening onto beds of daffodils: crowded below, a comfy sofa, cushions, standard lamp, all nudging up to a small wood-burning stove and a display of sepia family photographs. The whole is an exercise in minimal space with all anyone could need. And if it has a feel of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle about it that’s appropriate because in the single upstairs room is a full set of Beatrix Potter’s little books, their box-set cunningly pinned to the wall of a large cupboard that conceals the lavatory. Such economy of space leaves room for a large, tall and wide ned heaped with pillows and a duvet in the William Morris fabrics that feature elsewhere. Under the window is a free-standing bath. Here I shall stay….and set out my pages. There won’t be time for more. Kitty Fitzgerald in front of Trust House’ gate, November 2012 Quincy Whitney (from USA) at Church Cottage bedroom window, June 2013 Teresa Howard in Church Cottage working on lyrical ideas for her new musical play, October 2014 Patti Gaal-Holmes, with Lily in Church Cottage garden, September 2014 ‘With my co-writer, Emily Barker we worked on ideas for the film’s sound track after a row on the river. The peaceful environment provides a calm inspiring space to work in and a much needed opportunity to escape into splendid isolation without any commitments other than completing my book’. Mary Jane Baxter, hat-maker and journalist February – May 2012 ‘a residency gave me the ‘excuse’ to focus on my writing and my creative life – to give it the priority it deserves’. Kapka Kassabova (SBT Poetry Festival appointment) beside Church Cottage gate, August 2012 Jan Dunn with her dog in nearby fields, February 2011 Jane Brown, with Bertie in the adjoining churchyard and with Church Cottage in the background, December 2010 ‘Just the right balance of simplicity and comfort – it was like living in a Hardy novel.’ Elizabeth Speller with Paul Edmondson (chair) outside Church Cottage’s onetime garden privy, now the washhouse, March 2008 Jinny Webber (from USA) at Church Cottage, July 2014 ‘There are many lovely touches: a well stocked (and unusual) library, attractive and useful furnishings (an excellent office chair)’ Wendy Cope IN MEMORY OF MAX ADRIAN 1903-1973 It’s sad to think the actor never knew About the teenage girl who saw him play In As You Like It long ago and who Can still recall his face and voice today: His Jaques dignified, aloof and dry – No bellowing, no sawing of the air, Nothing that could offend the author’s eye Or ear, if you imagined he was there. More than fifty years have passed since then But when I read the text it’s him I see, And when I watch it on the stage again Jaques doesn’t stand a chance with me. Max nailed the part and no-one else will do. And that, it’s possible to hope, he knew. Jo Bell (SBT Poetry Festival appointment), swimming with Daisy in the River Stour, August 2014 Jo Bell and Daisy Jo Bell Jo Bell Jo Bell Jo Bell Curious, Helen Paris and Leslie Hill (a performance partnership) a RSC appointment. Both of them in the garden, June 2011 ‘An amazing opportunity for an artist: it allows creativity to take its own forms, to shapeshift to fit the needs and medium of the resident without any sort of restriction or agenda’ http://www.placelessness.com/ In St Helen’s churchyard, July 2009 In St Helen’s churchyard, July 2009 In St Helen’s churchyard, July 2009 In St Helen’s churchyard, July 2009 In St Helen’s churchyard, July 2009 The Trust sometimes mounts an event in St Helen’s Church for local involvement and interest. In December 2014, Salley Vickers (author of Miss Garnet’s Angel ) who had been in residence, gave a talk entitled ‘Angels Fly because they take themselves lightly’ G.K. Chesterton. The church was full and lit by two hundred candles while a young harpist (Ciara Willson) was dressed as an angel to play as we assembled. Salley Vickers Salley Vickers Salley Vickers Salley Vickers Salley Vickers Anjum Malik in Trust House garden with Sarah Hosking, July-August 2010 Lara Platman beside the river, September-October 2010 Anna Shechenko at Church Cottage, May-June 2010 Natasha Davis in the Square, May-June 2012 ‘Towards the end of my residency I was successful with my application for a large grant from Arts Council England to create Internal Terrains – the piece I was working on at Church Cottage – so that it will be seen in multiple venues’ https://vimeo.com/63103389 Jane Hill planting a mulberry tree in Trust House garden with Paul Edmondson, August-September 2008 Jane Hill planting a mulberry tree in Trust House garden with Paul Edmondson, August-September 2008 Anita Mason Ruth Thomas Sarah Burton Helen Stanton Ellen Phethean Martine Bailey, novelist: November/December 2013 ‘comfort, warmth, wi-fi and printer: all the essentials for the task in hand’ Susannah Pickering ‘It has enabled me to make the most of this commissioning opportunity’ ‘It has been a much needed boost to my confidence’ Louise Foxcroft Gill Plain Elspeth Sandys Uma Dinsmore-Tuli ‘I was very touched by the evident love and thoughtful attention to detail that made it so welcoming. I arrived in July with a muddle of forty thousand words. By the time I left in December I had over one hundred thousand words of cracking prose.’ http://www.yonishakti.co/ Helena McEwen ‘The light and spaciousness of the planned extension will be a wonderful addition.’ ‘It is wonderful to have Shakespeare on the doorstep!’ Cindy Lynn Brown Cindy Lynn Brown Sally Goldsmith ‘I managed to write a sequence of twenty poems inspired by a visit to Mary Arden’s farm’ ‘The bedroom was my favourite room – the enormous iron bath to lie out in, the view of the church and the churchyard, the iron beams, the vase of roses on the windowsill..’ Jackie Bennett in the Spring Garden at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shottery March 2015 Timberlake Wertenbaker Kathleen Soriano Victoria Kelly Nadia Fall Jill Dawson Maria McCann We welcome pets which so far have been domestic animals such as these, but we can arrange stabling if required.