Shoreham Methodist Church set launch 49th Arts and Crafts Festival

Shoreham Methodist Church's Arts and Crafts Festival is entering its 49th year with a launch event to kick off the week-long celebration of art.

Deborah Fleming with glass mosaic work
Deborah Fleming with glass mosaic work

Valerie Trevor, chairman of the Adur Special Needs Project, has been invited to launch the festival on Saturday at 10.30am.

Adur Special Needs Project is a charity enabling disadvantaged children to take part in activities and it will benefit from festival donations.

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Last year, as well as supporting Worthing Churches Homeless Projects, the festival supported a Water for Life project which helps communities impacted by climate change in Nicaragua.

Deborah Fleming and Cara Gillespie, who have been exhibiting at the festival for years, will illustrate a wide variety of crafts.

Deborah is a painter but also produces glass mosaic work, while Cara’s works include jewellery, hand screen-printed bags, mugs and many other accessories.

Margaret Bedwell, secretary of the organising committee, said: “Every year is different. It is great to see old friends and meet new ones.

“When I was in Nicaragua, as well as helping to construct reservoirs for watering plants, we saw examples of craftwork which we could have exhibited in Shoreham if the craftspeople lived a bit nearer.”

The festival will be open at the church in Brunswick Road, Shoreham, daily until August 12, from 10am to 5.30pm on Saturdays August 4 and 11, midday to 4pm Sundays August 5 and 12, and 10am to 1.30pm Monday to Friday, August 6 to 10.

Each Saturday, there will be a concert at 1pm. On August 4, the bass baritone Franz Hepburn will be singing a range of songs to suit all tastes, plus his light-hearted quizzes. On August 11, musician Lynda Lyne will perform classical and jazz music on piano, clarinet and recorder. Entry is free, with a collection at the end of each concert.