Events: Roding Arts 2007

Len and Lesley Parson hosted a fifth Signing on Sunday 24th June at their Victorian cottage which has connections to the writer H G Wells. This fourth barbecue was the first where rain drove collectors from the beautifully stocked garden into the lovely interior for part of the afternoon. Four new Limited Paintings were launched at the event. Lesley, always full of wonderful, innovative ideas for ceramics, suggested and helped to design each piece. They subsequently appeared on other sites and are now SOLD OUT. Feature pages for Tintin and Reclamation Centre are on A Piece of Britain.

Reclamation Centre


Architectural salvage has become big business in the last few decades due to the trend for authentic restoration. The internet has created an international trade, with the selling and sourcing of curiosities that might otherwise be lost or destroyed. As well as reclaimed building materials and period features, church fittings such as stained glass and stone pulpits are popular.

On the Shell Corner Garage LE2000 in the Hazle Millennium series, and until now only been painted as this - plus BP and AA garages as LP5s. Here the 1950s petrol pumps are ingeniously depicted as rusting collectables which when restored could fetch £500! An ornate Victorian tiled fireplace, cartwheel, coaching lamp, old water pump and magnificent marble horse are among the artefacts on display, with more in the back garden.

Painted by Doreen Bright

Womens Institute


In 1897 the WI began in Ontario and Canadian Madge Watt set it up in Britain in 1915. The origins are shown here alongside the modern WI tree logo. In the First World War members grew and preserved food. A Bring and Buy sale indicates that cooking is important today. Produce is sold at Country Markets, now a separate business with its own website.

The WI also offers training including in modern technology, crafts and complementary therapies. Campaigns encompass such things as children's diet and the environment.

The 2003 film Calendar Girls was based on Yorkshire members who posed nude for Leukaemia Research. In 200 Prime Minister Tony Blair was slow handclapped for being too party political when addressing 6000 members! This has never happened to Hazle who speaks to local WIs, as on the poster here.

Painted by Carol Whaley

Juniper Tree


Juniper is a heathland shrub of the cypress family. The berries from certain species are used as a spice in gin and European cuisine, and for scenting aftershave. Branches of the traditional Juniper communis are shown on the ceramic wall. The berry oil is utilised in aromatherapy for digestive, muscular and joint complaints and as an antiseptic. There is a history of burning juniper incense or oil for a purifying effect and a few drops can also be added to skin products.

This painting is on the Grantham model, a Limited Edition of 1000. Once the grocery owned by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's father, it is currently run as a chiropractic clinic and shop called Living Health, similar to the herbalist here. Herbs and potions are displayed in the lower windows.

Painted by Doreen Bright

Tintin Shop


Tintin began his adventures in 1929, as a boy reporter setting the world to rights. He and his trusty dog Snowy rescue each other from peril, with Snowy "speaking" via thought bubbles. A supporting cast of eccentric characters include seafaring Captain Haddock who becomes Tintin's other best friend. These three are in the main window with Thomson & Thompson, the bumbling detectives who look like twins, on the first floor.

The comic strip began in America but Tintin was one of the first in Europe, created by the Belgian artist Herge who, like Hazle, was noted for his research. The twenty-three stories until his death in 1983 also portrayed the political mood of the time. Based on the Tintin Shop at Covent Garden, London which sells books, films, figurines, clothing, stationery and novelty items.

Painted by Carol Whaley

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