We were fortunate enough to have been given a donation to promote poetry at the Hearth, so earlier this year we commissioned a poem from young local poet and writer Marcie Winstanley. Marcie visited the Hearth, met some of the artists and spent some time researching the history of the village church, and we have now received her poem, entitled Footprints in the Tapestry of Time. Below the poem, Marcie outlines where she found her inspiration.
My name is Marcie Winstanley and I am 17 years old. I have always been interested in creative writing and I have enjoyed writing poems and stories since I was very young. Recently I have written a novella called 'Figure of Eight' which is being serialised in an online magazine for young writers called 'Cuckoo Quarterly.'
When I was commissioned by the Hearth to write a poem, I was inspired by both history and art, and I chose to combine these in 'Footprints in the tapestry of time.' The historical aspect of the Heath is reflected in the number of lines the poem has; I wrote seventeen lines and split them into five stanzas. The number seventeen is significant because of the fact that the Hearth was used as a place of religious sanctuary in the late 17th century and the five stanzas show each of the centuries that have passed from the seventeenth century to the present day. The reference to the Greek goddess Hestia in 'Footprints in the tapestry of time' is because she is the goddess of the fireside which I feel resonates with the name the Hearth. I was inspired by Ancient Greece because Classics is my favourite subject at school and I have always been fascinated by mythology. Art is also an important part of the Hearth so I tried to reflect this in the poem too, by describing details of time passing as if it were a tapestry that artists were creating, continuing forever through the passage of time.
We are delighted to have been the recipients of a grant for £2,000 from the Foyle Foundation, to help us with our running costs
"It is with great regret that we announce the death of Dennis Hall, a loyal friend, volunteer and benefactor of The Hearth who died Sunday 24th August 2014. Dennis lived in Hexham, but was regularly seen at the Hearth events, at book club meetings, helping at music nights and heritage talks, and dining with friends in the Hearth Café. Dennis was an active Christian attending Horsley Village Church and weekly Prayer Group meetings. We all appreciated Dennis's sense of community and willingness to take part. His gentle kindness touched us all. He will be missed".
An article about the the 10th Anniversary of the Hearth was featured in the Hexham Courant.
- The Hearth held an open studios event called Paper and Print on 26th and 27th April. Here is some of their feedback:
“Loved the focus on print and good to see book binders” visitor from Ovingham
“Impressed with the variety of work, so many artists in their studios to talk to” Woody from NE45
“Great to see new people with original ideas” Martin from NE63
“Amazed by the quality of work, the artists are very approachable” visitor from NE4
“ Impressed by the wide range of creative endeavour on show + Lindisfarne Gospels” visitor from NE39
“Please do more events like this! I loved it – excellent” visitor from NE4