Local historian, writer and artist Edward Mayor invites you to a day at the Petwood Hotel dedicated to the art of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the world’s most loved painters. You can discover his life and work in the Garden Room, against the background of the hotel’s restored Peto gardens, and view five painted copies of Van Gogh’s great paintings in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, copied by Edward. The date for your diary is July 22, and the event runs from 11am to 4.30pm
At 2pm Edward will give an informal talk about the paintings he has copied and examine the myths which cling to the artist. Also on offer, a sumptuous collection of books and catalogues featuring every surviving Van Gogh painting, print and drawing, and even a chance to win a set of prints and a Petwood voucher by doing your own copy of a Van Gogh drawing. Continue reading →
One of the most popular posts on this blog so far is Harold Peto – designer of the Petwood Gardens, which I posted in August 2014. In it I mentioned that Emma Brealey, Managing Director of the Petwood Hotel, had a dream – to restore the lost Peto gardens.
Well, after five years in the planning stage, Emma’s dream is now coming true.
Recent visitors will have noticed the result of Phase 1, the restored Long Walk. Now contractors are hard at work on Phase 2, starting with the restoration of the famous terrace, and any day now a totally new Temple of Atalanta will be installed in the park, including a specially prefabricated dome, to be lowered on to a purpose-built ring beam above the recently built foundations.Continue reading →
Here’s my latest selection of upcoming events gleaned from the village notice boards:
Today at 7.30pm renowned organist Tim Flint will be performing at St Peter’s Church Hall. Contact Philip groves, 01526 353225 for the details. Tim is one of the most popular organist / keyboard entertainers in the UK today. He has been in the business for almost 25 years, and is highly respected both as a musician and entertainer. Continue reading →
I did the rounds of the village notice boards once again today to make notes for a long list of events coming up soon in and around the village. Here’s my pick of the bunch (in no particular order of interest): Continue reading →
Mrs Anne Nicholson, a great niece of Grace Weigall of Petwood fame and two times grand-daughter of Sir John Blundell Maple of furniture fame, came to Woodhall Spa recently and stayed at the hotel with her husband.
They were met by a researcher from the Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum who has a great interest in the Petwood gardens and the architecture of the house. Continue reading →