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Friends of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery and Walpole Park

IFundraising

If you have any ideas about how we can successfully fundraise for our very special Manor and Gallery, or if you can help in any way, then please let us know.

Verdun Trees

Many of you will be aware that we are looking for any information about these trees. Two people kindly looked at Council archives to try to find out more, but , after a lot of work were not able to find mroe info. We thank them for their efforts. If you know anything about Verdun Trees in Ealing, then please do contact me. Thank you.

Friends Visits

The programme of Friends Events continues to be very successful with some great visits having taken place this year. We have tried to offer a range of events to suit all interests, ranging from Shoreditch street art to the Houses of Parliament, via Royal Hospital Chelsea, Bluebells in Perivale Wood and a unique Hard Hat Tour of the renovations of Pitzhanger Manor.

These get booked up quickly so please do book when you see them advertised.

Coming up next year will be visits to Leighton House, 18 Stafford Terrace, Denis Sever's House and Charlottes W5 where we will be tasting gins...well, why not??

Walpole Park Honey

We still have honey for sale and so, if you would like to buy some honey in gift boxes for your friends and family, please contact me.

All the best to you and, I hope it is not too early to say,

Merry Christmas!

Vivienne Cane-Honeysett

Chair
Friends of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery and Walpole Park

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Vivienne Cane-Honeysett
Chair - Friends of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery and Walpole Park


Autumn 2016

Greetings Friends

It was lovely to see a number of you at our AGM in the Rickyard on the evening of Monday 14th November. Thank you so much for coming. It makes it all worthwhile to see you there.

We had a wonderful social evening as well as getting through some really exciting matters.

Your committee was all re-elected and I am delighted to say that we have a new committee member, Caroline West, who I know is going to be a real asset to the Friends group.

Our star speaker was Clare Gough, the new Director of Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery. Clare gave us a fascinating presentation of what is happening in the Manor and Gallery as we speak, and it was really wonderful to see photographs of parts of our lovely manor, including the caryatids, up close and personal...taken by some very brave person from the scaffolding.

After all the years we have been in existence, we have raised a great deal of money to be spent on the park and this has exceeded £10,000. This was mostly spent on the observation beehive, the apiary and the kitchen garden. Now we have agreed that we will also turn our fundraising attention to the manor and gallery, in earnest, by raising funds for the renovation of Minerva. See article on front page.

Friends Launch New Appeal for Pitzhanger Manor

Following the Friends AGM last night (November 14) the Friends agreed to launch a new appeal specifically for Pitzhanger Manor. There are many smaller items in the Manor that were not included in the original monies received from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other organisations, so the Friends decided to adopt the statue of Minerva on the staircase of Pitzhanger Manor as their first fundraising project.

Minerva, aptly the Goddess of Wisdom and Art, needs restoring to her former glory. The once bronzed statue was given a coat white paint back in the 1980s and will need careful restoration and rebronzing to bring her back to her once magnificent self to set off what will be the beautifully restored paintwork of the staircase. The target is £18,000.00.

If you would like to make a donation to this please download the Gift Aid Form here. If you would like any further ideas on how to fundraise to help with this, or any other element of the Manor & Gallery project please contact chair@walpolefriends.org.

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