A visit to
home of the
Bowerman Charitable Trust
Friday 10th May 2019
Our debut visit for 2019 was a “drive yourself” event to Coldwaltham, just south of Pulborough. One may well wonder what we were about to share in such a small village, but the treasures and the thrill of The Bowerman Trust had us all in jaw-dropping mode!
Mrs Bowerman introduced the concept and the growth of The Trust as we assembled for our coffee and we were inspired by the generosity of the family to share their love of the Arts, especially painting and music. She explained that they hold concerts in the purpose-built Music Room. Members were invited to register on the website for email alerts if they were interested in attending a concert, though she added that tickets sell very fast!
We were then invited to “free flow” in the Music Room where we were entranced by the truly wonderful display of privately owned paintings, all from the Newlyn School. Being a private viewing, we were able to pause and admire without feeling rushed or “in the way” of others.
(photographed with special permission from the Bowerman Trust - all rights reserved)
The weather worked in our favour, and afterwards we were free to enjoy the garden which has a wonderful collection of garden sculptures and a remarkable selection of Heather plants, being on sandy soil!
Everyone departed in their different directions, perhaps stopping nearby to look at the famous Hardham Church with its remarkable murals?
An excellent start to our season!