2018 NEWS


Fresh paint for 2018

The Hearth Centre closes every year at end of play on Christmas Eve and reopens around the 8th January – one or two of the artists may be in their studio but can only be visited by prior arrangement.

So this is the time that we carry out as much ‘housekeeping’ as is possible – this year the Manse has been decorated throughout and some major repairs have been carried out on the walls within the Café – being originally from 17th century this has not been without a challenge!


FREE History for the 21s and under

Thanks to grant funding from the Hedley Foundation we are delighted to be able to offer FREE entry to our monthly History and Heritage talks to anyone aged 21 or under.  Talks are on the last Thursday of the month at 7.30pm and cover a range of interesting topics, many based on local history.  See the Talks page of our Website for information on up and coming talks in 2018 or contact office@thehearth.co.uk

Pastel Painting


Early in January we had a full day workshop with Unison Colour Pastels Assciated Artist Fiona Carvell.   It was an inspiring day with Fiona sharing both basic and new techniques using Unison Colour Pastels. Some tremendous work was produced and the day was enjoyed by all.  Feedback included ‘Great approach and teaching skills – truly suitable for beginners and more experienced artists’, ‘Great tuition and good company’

There will be further workshops days with Fiona throughout the year – see Workshops page on the website for details.

Vouchers for the classes are available from office@thehearth.co.uk – lovely to give as gifts to others or as a treat for yourself!


Musical Notes

We are more than delighted to have received a generous donation from Story Homes  to support our regular Live Concerts throughout 2018.  It was marvellous to meet with the team from Story Homes’ site at Crawcrook and show them around the Hearth.  The Hearth’s Concerts celebrate local live music and we try to support young and emerging artists wherever possible. We really appreciate the support Story Homes have given us and hope to see them back at The Hearth sometime soon. You can read about their donation on their website here.  Image - Trustees Pam Hornor and Tony Glover


Finance and the Future

With the retirement of Peter Short our Trustee Treasurer after 6 loyal years of service at the Hearth we are delighted to announce the new appointment of Martin Bell, FCA.  Martin recently retired from a successful Accountancy career working across the North East region.  In joining the Board of Trustees at the Hearth he will be an invaluable member of the team.


Keep warm – Knit

The Horsley Wool Group is a great group of ‘Woolly People’ – all passionate about creating with wool.  They meet twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 1.15 - 3.15pm, in the Hall at the Hearth for coffee and chat whilst busy working on their own projects.  The Group is led by Ellie Langley from Fleece with Altitude, she is renowned for not only her creations in felt but also for her own flock of rescued sheep.  This is a Drop-In group open to all, there is a small charge of £3.50 to cover hall hire and includes tea, coffee and nibbles.  Check the dates on our website or contact   office@theheart.co.uk for confirmation of the dates throughout the year. Pop in, we know you will receive a warm welcome and enjoy your visit. 



Charity Grant Awards

Being a Charity, the Hearth needs to apply for Grants and Sponsorship in order to support all the improvement projects and special events we manage. These would not be possible without external backing.    We are seriously grateful to those organizations able to support us in this way.  For more details please see our HEARTH CHARITY page 

Car park

Many thanks to volunteers from Northumbrian Water who spent a day resurfacing our car park with tons of gravel, no more muddy puddles to splash through on a rainy day!

Secondary glazing, a newly decorated hall and LED lights

We were fortunate to secure funding which enabled us to have secondary glazing installed in the hall and office, which has made a great difference to our heating bills.  The Hall and office have also been decorated.  We have had LED lights fitted throughout The Hearth including in the studios.  The Hall is now warmer and freshly painted, a lovely place to hold an event or party. Sincere thanks to  Foyle Foundation (see CHARITY page) for their generous donation which has enabled us to go ahead with the secondary glazing in the hall. 



Commissioned poem, 

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.

Footprints in the tapestry of time
Time passes for all whose footprints walk the hills
Beyond. Who saw the fading winter
Morning as they trod softly?
Who watched the rain, light in the
Coming spring or wildflowers
As summers touch unfurled their petals?
Time watched. Watched the leaves drop.
And drift. Summer blown away by a breeze and
The misty twilight firelight where time sits
And remembers. Hestia fireside goddess
Watched and is watching and will watch footprints
Of the firelight shadows and time’s stories
By flickering firelight.
Your myth echoes. Intertwined. Like twisted plants.
And in the firelight, time remembers all whose weaving, whose brush marks, whose
Stitch-work are scattered forever like threads in a
Tapestry of time.
Marcie Winstanley
March 2015

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".


JULY 2014 

An article about the the 10th Anniversary of the Hearth was featured in the Hexham Courant.



MAY 2014

-    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





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