Retirement celebrations!

May 25th, 2017

 

Thank you Christine and enjoy your retirement!

 

Christine Boyle, Thoresby & Kneesall’s Estate Secretary for over 18 years gathered with two table’s worth of present and former colleagues to say ‘farewell’ after working for Thoresby throughout the 21st Century.

Lunching in the Boathouse at Farndon, near her home, we heard that she joined Lincoln City Council straight from school as a junior clerk in the School Health Department. She helped the doctors with the national immunisation programmes and monitored the general health of the children throughout the County. At the gritty level this meant using a special comb to search the children’s hair to find the nits. She excluded the worst cases from school.

After rising through the department to be appointed the youngest ever Personal Secretary to the Chief Executive, she spent nearly twenty years as P.A. to the Director of Housing and Environmental Health. From that wide social responsibility she switched abruptly to work with the private client department of Savills, the land agents, on the other side of town. While with Savills she sold the Boots plc. farms at Thurgarton to Thoresby and when, shortly after, a vacancy as P.A. to the agent, Rowan McFerran, was advertised she moved to the estate office as the third and last, employer of her career.

At Thoresby, from 1999, Christine was the hub of the office trying to make it efficient, while struggling with poor broadband and other constraints of the supposed technological revolution. That she kept tabs on the diaries and work flow of both Rowan McFerran and later Nick Brown, while answering enquiries from farm and house tenants, curious researchers from universities and recently, organising two major family funerals, all with the minimum of fluster, is testimony to the quality of her training which had began by searching for those pesky nits.

Thank you Christine for all your great support and work over the years.  We all appreciate everything that you have done here, will miss you and wish you a happy retirement!

Thoresby Open Exhibition 2017 – Call for Artists!

April 6th, 2017

21st Open Art Exhibition 2017

Saturday 2nd September – Sunday 1st October

Painting | Drawing |Photography | Collage | Printmaking | Anything 2D

 This year we have pledged to choose the most amount of works to hang in the exhibition.  The selection panel will be industry professionals.  We would like to see current work and as ever, there is no set theme.

Download your Thoresby Open Exhibition Application Form here!

1st Prize: The Thoresby Gallery prize £500

2 runners up: Shared Exhibition worth over £1000 in 2018

A warm welcome to all our regulars and artists trying the ‘open’ for the first time. This will be our 21st year of this well-established exhibition.  Our ‘open’ is unusual in that we still judge the work ‘in the flesh’ instead of digital images! We believe in keeping it live and giving everyone the best chance we can. Simply bring your work along on hand in days, fill in the form and keep your fingers crossed.

  • Up to 3 works per artist
  • Must be your own original work not previously shown at Thoresby
  • All work will be for sale with a gallery commission of 40%.
  • Fee £8 per entry (Students with a valid student ID £6)
  • All work must be framed – Hang with ‘D’ rings and framer’s cord or Mirror plates. NO other fixings will be accepted.
  • Canvases do not need to be framed but must have the correct fixing.
  • Maximum size 1500 x 1500 mm
  • Clearly label the back of your work with your name, title and medium
  • The Gallery and open exhibition are unmanned. Works will be sold from our Visitors’ Centre, which will run the same opening times.

Hand in days:

Fri 18th Sat 19th and Sun 20st August 11am – 4.00pm to Thoresby Visitors Centre

  • Bring your own work along to the Visitors centre – FREE PARKING
  • Bring your form along, or fill one out in the Visitors Centre when dropping works off.
  • Exhibition labels may also be filled out in the Visitors Centre
  • We need to know your total Artist’s price please ensure you keep in mind the 40% commission fee to the Gallery that will be added to your artist price to get the display amount when calculating your prices.
  • Selection will take place on Tuesday 29th August
  • Results of the selection process will be e-mailed on Thursday 31st August
  • Unselected works must be collected from Thoresby Visitors Centre between 11am + 4pm on Fri 1st, Sat 2nd or Sun 3rd September.
  • Unsold works must be picked up from Thoresby Gallery between 11am and 4pm on the 2nd and 3rd of October.

Please note that the Gallery has no storage facilities so please arrange for someone else to come and collect your work with your receipt, if you are not available to come on any mentioned days.

For further information and a submissions form please contact info@thoresbycourtyard.com, alternatively please call  01623 822009 or Download the application form here.

Thoresby Winterfest Arts & Crafts Fair – 26th & 27th November

October 26th, 2016

If you are already counting down the sleeps until Christmas and are thinking about gifts for special people in your life, come along and visit the Thoresby Winterfest Arts & Crafts fair at Thoresby Courtyard.img_0938

On show will be an array of arts and craft makers, “ten a penny” I hear you say?  Ah, but what makes Thoresby’s Winterfest unique and special is that we only allow local crafts makers and artists to display their quality hand made items including ceramics, prints, jewellery, wooden items and more.

This year we also have something different in our workshops to make either a Christmas Stocking, Basket or Wreath courtesy of Kitty’s Handmade and Flowerbarn respectively.

Not only do we have Winterfest but also a whole host of unique shops including the Bay Tree Cafe, the Thoresby Farm Shop, Women’s clothing, spirits and beers, jeweller, craft shop and much more.  If it proves all too much, then you can always take a walk around the wonderful Thoresby Estate.

Wrap up warm and come and join us!

Flashback Festival 19/20th August

July 6th, 2016

We cannot wait for the first Flashback Festival at Thoresby in just over a month’s time. It promises to be a superb weekend of nostalgia from the 70’s and 80’s with such classic acts as Lulu, Billy Ocean, Bananarama, Clem Curtis & the Foundations to name but a few.

Those camping will not be disappointed by the beautiful Thoresby Estate in the August summertime.

Jools!

Don’t forget that Thoresby welcomes Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra on Sunday 21st August which promises a knees up and a sing song for all!

Tickets to each event are available direct Book Here!

Thoresby Open Exhibition 2016 Call for Artists!

August 31st, 2015

Thoresby 20th Open Exhibition 2016

Saturday 3rd September – Sunday 2nd October

Painting | Drawing |Photography | Collage | Printmaking | Anything 2D

 This year’s exhibition will happen later than published in our latest ‘What’s On’ guide!  We aim to have many new works from local artists to hang in the exhibition. The selection panel will be made up of industry professionals. We’d like to see current work, there is no set theme.

 

1st Prize: The Thoresby Gallery prize £500

2 runners up: Shared Exhibition worth over £1000 in 2016

 A warm welcome to all our regulars and artists trying the ‘open’ for the first time. This will be our 20th year of this well-established exhibition, please note this year’s open exhibition is happening later than advertised in our “what’s on” guides. Our ‘open’ is unusual in that we still judge the work ‘in the flesh’ instead of digital images! We believe in keeping it live and giving everyone the best chance we can. Simply bring your work along on hand in days, fill in the form and keep your fingers crossed.

  • Up to 3 works per artist
  • Must be your own original work not previously shown at Thoresby
  • All work will be for sale with a gallery commission of 40%.
  • Fee £8 per entry (Students with a valid student ID £6)
  • All work must be framed – Hang with ‘D’ rings and framer’s cord or Mirror plates. NO other fixings will be accepted!
  • Canvases do not need to be framed but must have the correct fixing.
  • Maximum size 1500 x 1500 mm
  • Clearly label the back of your work with your name, title and medium
  • The Gallery and open exhibition are unmanned but monitored with CCTV. Works will be sold from our visitors’ centre, which will run the same opening times.

 

Hand in days:

Fri 19th Sat 20th and Sun 21st August 11am – 4.00pm to Thoresby Visitors Centre

  • Bring your own work along to the Visitors centre – FREE PARKING
  • Bring your form along, or fill one out in the Visitors centre when dropping works off.
  • Exhibition labels may also be filled out in the Visitors centre
  • We need to know your total Artist’s price please ensure you keep in mind the 40% commission fee to the Gallery that will be added to your artist price to get the display amount when calculating your prices.
  • Selection will take place on Tuesday 30th August
  • Results of the selection process will be e-mailed on Thursday 1st September
  • Unselected works must be collected from Thoresby Visitors centre between 11am + 4pm on Fri 2nd, Sat 3rd or Sun 4th September.
  • Unsold works must be picked up from Thoresby Gallery between 11am and 4pm on the 3rd + 4th of October.

Please note that the Gallery has no storage facilities so please arrange for someone else to come and collect your work with your receipt, if you are not available to come on any mentioned days.

For further information and a submissions form please contact info@thoresbycourtyard.com alternatively you call our booking office on 01623 822009