Monday, 3 September 2012

Temple Balsall Heritage Weekend 2012 (7th - 9th September)

On the Weekend of the 7th - 9th September 2012, Lady Katherine Leveson in Temple Balsall will be celebrating the history of the Foundation and its ongoing work with a special Herritage Weekend. The charity aims to raise money to support the work that the Foundation undertakes and to provide an opportunity for visitors to experience the Old Hall, St. Mary's Church and the recently renovated Primary School.

"Charity? Heritage? Foundations? Church?! Weekends?!! Why the sudden interest in Lady Katherine Leveson, Luke, you big bloody great Solihull Pet Portrait Artist?" I hear you ask. Well, apart from me being an incredibly lovely man who loves charity and old churches, there is also an art exhibition being held over the weekend as part of the festivities, where, I will be displaying work, for sale. A significant portion of any money made will be paid as a commission to the cause. I know, I know, I'm practically a Saint.

Apart from the art exhibition on Saturday and Sunday, there will also be an Autumn Fayre, with entertainment, including refreshments and stalls, and guided tours of the buildings and grounds.

And if that wasn't enough, there's also a Concert by Cantemus on Friday 7th September in St Mary's Church, starting at 7.30pm (tickets £5.00 each) and on Sunday a performance of Evensong, sung by the Birmingham Cathedral Choir (with guest preacher Canon Fair Claringbull), starting at 6pm.

So, anyone from Solihull or Warwickshire heading down, please look out for my work- original framed paintings and high quality giclee prints. And as always, should anyone like what they see and wish to commission a portrait/painting - pet, human or otherwise - please get in touch.

The Court of Lady Katherine Leveson, Temple Balsall. This courtyard of almshouses for elderly ladies was founded by a bequest in the will of Lady Katherine Leveson in 1674 and is still in use today. Image and information shamelessly stolen from