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Friday 20th July 2018Blanchland - from Jaspah Crewe, Blanchland

This is a really interesting blog about the beautiful and historic village of Blanchland. Janice Hutchinson of Jaspah Crewe wrote the blog, copied below. Jaspah Crewe is a shop beside the White Monk Tearoom, just across from the Lord Crewe Arms. Jaspah Crewe stocks my paintings, prints and books and is an eclectic emporium of arts, jewellery, glass, ceramics and cards.

The picturesque village of Blanchland (above), set in the glorious landscape of the North Pennines, grew out of Blanchland Abbey and takes its name from the monks’ white habits.

Not Persil-white, apparently; a 15th-century report rebuked the monks for drinking too much beer and told them to get proper haircuts and employ a washerwoman.
By the time John Wesley, co-founder of the Methodists, came to preach in 1747, Blanchland was little more than ‘a heap of ruins’.

Today, this greatly loved village is so picture-perfect that TV aerials are banned. Hence its appeal as a film location in period dramas, including Catherine Cookson TV adaptations and the movie Jude, starring Christopher Eccleston and Kate Winslet. Recently used in the filming of VERA with Brenda Blethyn. 

WHERE TO EAT: Housed in an old school, The White Monk Tearoom serves delicious homemade lunches and teas. Sit in the walled garden in summer 

WHERE TO STAY: The sensitively revamped Lord Crewe Arms, incorporating features of the abbey. 

DON’T MISS: Hadrian’s Wall; walking and cycling (maps available from the Lord Crewe Arms).

SHOPPING Jaspah Crewe: a cooperative of creative members- who make and sell their work and who take turns to work in the shop. Unique gifts from Key Rings to Fine Art. Open 7 days a week 10am -5pm .

Friday 19th February 2016Your Personal Invitation to the Official Opening of the Gallery, 26th March

Welcome! Alison and I are now settled into the gallery and our home. The beautiful and celebrated Ellie, aged 3, Alison's dear granddaughter, will be officially opening the gallery for us on 26th March at 2pm and you are invited to come along. The gallery will be open from noon (45 Front Street, Prudhoe NE42 5DB). I very much hope to see you there..

I have also had good news from the Royal Watercolour Society this month. 
Please come along to celebrate the opening of my gallery with me - just mention this February blog as you come in.

We decided to have Alison's granddaughter Ellie open the gallery as it is a family and friends celebration through and through. I would love to see you there.
The Royal Watercolour Society have chosen my watercolour 'Shooting Lodge' to be exhibited in their 2016 exhibition. The shooting lodge is nestled in the fells, between Stanhope and Blanchland, and my painting will be exhibited in London  from 4-16 March this year, so call in to see it if you're in the capital. Prints are for sale on my website.

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