The owner of the Vault in Hexham, Ben Haslam, where our Jazz Tutor Alan Barnes gave a secret gig last February (and we took the whole course over for the evening) got in touch to say on the night they were successful in raising over £600 all of which went to CoreMusic charity. The Vault,
We are advertising a full time post for a Cook to join our team. This full time opportunity does not come up very often and we are looking for a special person who will help us keep up the high catering standards people praise us for. Full-time Cook Full-time Cook £8.93 per hour 37.5 hours
As you should be aware by now, we put effort and money into our grounds because they are a fantastic resources to be plundered by our courses. One of our most staunch supporters ever since he first came has been Tutor Robert Dutton. It is partly down to his generosity in donating a couple of
Our Coloured Pencil Tutor Janie Pirie writes: I’m writing to let you know about a book of rose illustrations that I’ve been working on for the past two and a half years. The publication date is set for mid-October this year. Called ‘Rosa’, the book will contain around 40 illustrations of roses that have a
The eagle-eyed amongst you may have already noticed that Higham now has an INSTAGRAM channel. Along with our FACEBOOK and TWITTER channels, we hope this provides those of you who wish to link to various things a little useful choice with how to do it. A number of our Tutors already use one or more
We are immensely proud when those who are Tutors at Higham have success in their own professional field. Highlighting the professional credentials of the wonderful artist and Tutor that is Ceri Allen is an honour for us, especially when we witness the incredible talent that she possesses. See for yourself on the Castlegate Gallery exhibition
This is not a Higham course, but we’ve been asked to share this event as many of us are interested in our four -legged friends. A Nation of Dog Lovers A TALK BY LINDA BLAIR AT WORDS BY THE WATER Theatre By The Lake, Keswick SUNDAY MARCH 10TH: 12.45pm Dog ownership is associated with a
Our decorator was suddenly available this week, so we have put them to work on Bedrooms 6 and 19. If you look closely in the top right window, you can see one of the decorators hard at work on the interior of the arched window in Room 6. As ever, we have chosen heritage shades,
Tutor Tiana Marie has prepared an excellent 2 minute video introduction to Ruskin (enjoy!): Details of Tiana’s course are here: PAINTING RUSKIN’S DREAMS OF CONISTON
Our new brochure of courses, covering the period from April to September 2019 has now been published and is available to view, download or request to be mailed from the Brochure page of this website. All new courses may also be viewed online, with links to their respective Tutors, who each have a Profile Page
Our Tutor Alex Jakob-Whitworth has recently been part of the filming of a short film about Dorothy Wordsworth (entitled “Journeywoman”), which premiered at the Kendal Mountain Festival. She sent a link to the video here – it is superb! Congratulations to Alex and everyone involved. Enjoy!:
We have been informed by Susie that they are retiring and therefore the successful Cockermouth Art & Craft Shop is for sale. Higham uses the shop as a matter of principle for our art materials and equipment and we value having such a resource close by tremendously. Susie has always looked after us very well,
A short 15 minute film (Reflections) that was shot in part at Higham earlier this year is going to be screened this coming weekend at the Theatre Royal in Workington (Saturday Morning 3rd Nov at 11am). It’s interesting to see bits of the features at Higham used. See how many bits you recognise! The 1
Our Tutor Chi Zhang, in a video by Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council, speaks about moving to Scotland from China to study graphic design, living in Edinburgh, his work as an artist, calligrapher and teacher at the award-winning Confucius Institute in Edinburgh.
The Raffle for the Robert Dutton picture has now been drawn and the winner notified by email. The winning ticket number was [471 orange] . Thank you to everybody who supported our fund raising for the pond area by buying a ticket. In all, 469 tickets were sold at a pound each. Thank you, especially,
A private donation was made for us to plant a tree and for a bench in memory of former Tutor Derek Hyatt [Guardian Obituary and Telegraph Obituary], who passed at the age of 84 back in 2015. It is not surprising why such a figure in the world of art should still be remembered after
The wonderful Tutor that is Heather Ritchie is featured on BBC this week: First episode of MAKE! Craft Britain http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09whc5t
Both of these films, being shown as part of Keswick Film Festival, are relevant to our French and Belgian Film courses. Thanks to our francophone tutor Sylvie Jefferson for spotting this. It’s great to have such foreign language opportunities up here! A Woman’s Life Friday 23rd February 2:30 PM – Theatre By The Lake Based
People have now started receiving their new printed brochures. Over 190 new Higham courses up till the end of September are now all visible on our website. The new brochure is viewable in all its glory and you can download your very own pdf copy, by visiting www.highamhall.com/brochure. We hope you find something to enjoy!
The lucky winner who won the original picture by Robert Dutton was a lady called Carol. She says she never usually wins anything. Well she has now! The raffle, with Robert’s painting as the sole prize, sold 361 tickets and raised £361. This money will go towards the improvement of the pond area in the grounds
Robert Dutton has kindly donated this wonderful picture to help us raise funds. So far, 220 tickets have been sold, and we are hoping to sell a few more. It really is a beautiful ORIGINAL framed pastel by Robert Dutton, and, unlike many other raffles, your chances of winning are very good, as we are
Artists will love to see Robert’s report on his recent course – examples of what work was produced, what they did etc. Gives a good idea of the standard of impressive work students can produce! Wow! http://news.rdcreative.co.uk/2017/09/summer-successes-at-higham-hall.html Thank you to Robert for all his hard work – this is certainly one tutor who throws himself
One of our most popular art tutors, Brian Smith, may be moving away from the local area soon, so if you wish to benefit from his popular WATERCOLOUR DAYS and ACRYLIC DAYS, you have him for day courses at Higham only until March! SEE BRIAN’S COURSES So, take advantage of Brian’s days whilst you can!
Higham Tutor Andrew Lacey has had a new book published last month called ‘The English Civil War in 100 Facts.’ Andrew introduces the book thus: In January 1649 the unthinkable happened: after a public trial the king of England was beheaded on a scaffold outside his palace of Whitehall. The world would never be quite
Just launched! Higham Hall Tutor Robert Dutton (a very popular and gifted artist who runs successful expressive mixed media art courses here at Higham) has LOTS of new paintings featured in this brand new book Artist’s Drawing Techniques – just recently published by DK Life (in association with Penguin Books) showing step by steps paintings in
If you are on our postal mailing list should have received your spanking new winter Brochure of courses through your door by now. If not, just let us know and we’ll send you one. You may also view and/or download a copy from our Brochure page. All courses etc for the winter period are now
It is will sadness that I have to share the news that Eileen passed away last month. Eileen inspired others to play the recorder and to enjoy music. She will be sorely missed by many who knew her and followed her for a long time. I had the privilege of knowing her just for a
Mark Bassey, our wonderful Jazz Composition Tutor was honoured by his class when a song was composed for him. Now, the lyric won’t likely trouble Cole Porter, but it demonstrates ingenuity and reflection of the reality: WE FRIENDS CAME FROM BRIGHTON OUR JAZZ SKILLS TO TIGHTEN LEARNING, PLAYING WITH NEW MATES THANK YOU MARK VON
One of our Tutors has written her own book to accompany some of her courses. Viv Philpot has produced a very nice colour publication, Sketching Your Holiday Memories, fully illustrated, taking would-be improving artists through the essentials in a very easy to digest and useful way. Not available commercially, Viv’s book supports the skills and
Just about got Monty to sit long enough in the new Curve to capture a shot of him with the new plaque, cunningly installed on a tree trunk by Neil the gardener.
Horray! Yesterday, 2nd May, we welcomed a group from the Friends of Alston Hall, some of our own Friends of Higham, our local Setmurthy Parish (St Barnabus’), Trustees students and tutors to the ribbon cutting of our new “Alston Curve”. It was a lovely afternoon and we enjoyed a little celebration to mark the building
Alston Hall was, until the beginning of last year, a sister college to Higham based in the Ribble Valley in Lancashire. We shared many tutors and, indeed, students, and strived to be true to the same aims of lifelong learning, at one time both being part of the, now defunct, Adult Residential College’s Association (ARCA).
It is with huge sadness we learnt of the passing of one of Higham’s most beloved former Tutors, Irene Coulthard, who taught Calico Gardens for years here up until a couple of years ago. Irene will be much missed both as a tutor and as a friend to many students. Irene was skilled and generous
Our trusty old workhorse which takes students and tutors to some of the wonderful locations around the area on courses has had a bit of TLC! Our 2005 Peugeot Boxer Lightweight minibus, with under 60k on the clock still had plenty of life left in him and so, rather than waste money, we have given
The week commencing Monday 16th January 2017. 5,500 of you will receive a hard copy of the new brochure in the post that week – and nearly 300 new courses up till the end of September 2017 will be on the website from that date. If you wish to see an online version of the
In the interests of equality, following our notification of Frances Winder’s Calendar being available for sale, we also have had our annual delivery from our Birdwatching and Wildlife Photography Tutor Keith Offord of his ‘Wild Insights’, which is FREE due to the fact he uses it to plug the courses he offers both at Higham
Tutor Frances Winder has produced some very nice calendars, with a month to a view, showcasing some of her exceptional artwork. Usefully, Frances has made sure these calendars, one a narrow format, one large, both have space for notes to be made against each date – so very useful for keeping appointments and significant dates
Housekeeping Assistant Bedroom and Premises Housekeeping in co-operation with a team of 3 others. Someone who will help us maintain our high standards and friendly welcome. Average of 8 hours pw, with possibility of holiday cover. £7.76 ph This job could possibly be combined with a Kitchen Assistant role for the right person to give
The Flower Festival held at Higham recently from 2-5th Sept 2016 was supported superbly. So many people bothered to pop in over the four days to see the wonderful displays created in many of our public areas by members of our local parish, St Barnabus, Setmurthy. We’d like to say ‘Thank you’ on behalf of
FLOWER FESTIVAL at HIGHAM HALL Friday 2nd to Monday 5th September 2016 10am to 5pm Refreshments Available Proceeds to Setmurthy Church Higham Hall & St Barnabas Setmurthy have had a long association which continues today & over these four days we celebrate in flowers all the learning opportunities that Higham provides with all the donations
FLOWER FESTIVAL at HIGHAM HALL Friday 2nd to Monday 5th September 2016 10am to 5pm Refreshments Available Dare we imagine a world without flowers? We would be deprived visually, but but also biologically as flowers represent the ability to attract the opportunity to propagate new life. Appreciating what flowers give us in life is terribly