Art helps improve Maresfield

Bazza West shows his paintings to Kimberley, ten, and Danni, seven. By Ron Hill

Bazza West shows his paintings to Kimberley, ten, and Danni, seven. By Ron Hill

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More and more people each year flock to the Maresfield Conservation Group’s Art and Craft Show held on the May Bank Holiday Monday at the village hall and St Bartholomew’s Church.

This was the 21st running of an annual event aimed at raising money to maintain the heritage of the village and fund improvements for the benefit of residents and visitors.

Joining the many talented artists at the show was the mouth artist Barry (Bazza) West who was demonstrating his skill thoughout the day and was very happy to discuss commissions and talk about his experiences.

Bazza is totally paralysed from the neck down and visitors found his talent and visible enthusiasm inspirational.

He was taken to hospital after a car accident when he swerved to avoid a badger in the road and in spite of his disability, he has raised thousands of pounds for charity by taking part in a variety of activities.

All the exhibited works and displays by many varied artists were for sale and a wide range of refreshments were available in the village hall.

Visitors enjoyed more than 150 paintings, drawings and sculptures and the 200 people who attended bought £750-worth of art. This means in excess of £500 was raised which can go directly towards supporting important Maresfield projects.

Show organiser Michael Wheeler said: “I’m really pleased with this result and look forward to next year with anticipation, after input from exhibitors.”