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A visit to

Champs Hill

home of the
Bowerman Charitable Trust

Friday 10th May 2019

female leopard sculpture in the woods

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.

Members enjoying paintings and sculptures in the Music Room
Enjoying the contents of the Music Room
(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!

members inspect the wolf pack sculpture in the garden
Members duly impressed by the "Wolf Pack" in the garden

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!

Text: Gwen Wright
Photos: Jonathan Cross

Related Link

Champs Hill website