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'Kindness through Culture'  the Hearth's digital festival archive

26.3.2021 - 3.4.2021

An eclectic mix of arts, crafts, musical performances, yoga, poetry and more! Every event was FREE, supplemented by the Hearth and donations were welcomed.  All events were PRE RECORDED video streamed to our Facebook and YouTube pages and a few via Zoom.  

pastel demonstration with Fiona Carvell

02.04.2021 | 12 noon |Facebook & YouTube

Fiona Carvell is a Unison Colour Associate Artist and Member

of The Pastel Guild of Europe, and holds pastels workshops in

The Hearth Hall.

In a video suitable for beginners and more experienced artists alike, Fiona will be demonstrating the creation of two truly life-like apples, fit for any fruit bowl. Using Northumbrian made Unison Colour soft pastels and pastel pencils on UART pastel paper, Fiona will include tips for techniques, particularly working in layers of colour and blending.

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afternoon tea & classical music with Katie & Olivia
02.04.2021 | 3.30pm |Facebook & YouTube

Artists Olivia Jageurs (harp) and Katie Tertell (cello) join forces for a delightful afternoon of harp and cello works by Debussy, Ravel, J.S. Bach, Saint-Saens and more. The duo have collaborated together since 2014 when they first met at the St. Endellion Festival in Cornwall. From the new generation of innovative, energised and passionate female artists, the pair brings excitement and flair to a vast range of repertoire.

Afternoon Tea

Why not book yourself a delicious Afternoon Tea or sweet treats to enjoy during the concert?  From the HEARTH CAFÉ  Please call them to book by 2.30pm Wednesday 31st March, and collect before 2.30pm, Friday 2nd April OR  Book yourself an Afternoon Tea from Beckleberry’s Frozen range by Monday 29th March.This will be delivered to your door for storage in your freezer.

ALL4YOGAwith Jenny Channon
02.04.2021 | 5-6pm | via Zoom

Join us for a restorative yoga class with Jenny Channon.


Jenny has been running yoga classes in the Hearth Hall for several years. While the hall is closed, she is running her Iyengar yoga classes on Zoom and she's running a special class for the Hearth's digital festival. 

This class is suitable for all abilities (but no major health problems).


You must be happy to have your camera on so that Jenny can keep an eye on people moving and keep everyone safe. This will be gentle and suitable for most people. Ideally please have cushions / blankets handy for your own comfort.


funky punky chicks with Mel Hopwood
03.04.2021 | 10am | Facebook & YouTube

Join us for this fun clay class for young people with The Hearth’s own Ceramic Artist, Melanie Hopwood.  Mel will be showing how to use Air Dry Clay to make these funky, punky chicks using pinch pot and modelling techniques.  Packs of free Air-dry clay were sent out if requested.

Materials and equipment:

  • Air-Dry Clay

  • Workboard (piece of wood or bit of stiff card)

  • Apron or old shirt to protect your clothes

  • Wooden or plastic modelling tool (or an old pencil or similar - something to make patterns and holes)

  • Paintbrush

  • Small pot of water

  • Pipe cleaners or bendy wire or wool for the legs.


  • Wooden or plastic modelling tool/s

  • Paints (preferably acrylic)

  • PVA glue

  • Feathers


Semibreve and Friends
03.04.2021 | 7.30pm | Facebook & YouTube

Joining them are The Brothers Gillespie who, with their unique sibling vocal harmonies, will beguile and transport you to the borderlands from where they hail, the village of Wall on Hadrian’s Wall.

Professional harpist, Olivia Jageurs who normally freelances with the UK’s major orchestra such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sinfonia Cymru, Ballet Rambert, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Hallé. She also performs at high-profile events such as the Wimbledon Tennis Championships for guests of the Royal Box (2013-19). In 2017, Olivia’s harp-writing resource 15 second harp was shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. She is looking forward to playing Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and 3 Songs by Brian Elias at Wigmore Hall in April 2021, and also performing Britten’s Suite for Harp at the Aldeburgh Festival in June 2021. Since lockdown began Olivia has started a series of concerts called “Harpy Hour” playing audience requests via Zoom every Friday 6pm GMT. @15secondharp 

Expect a rich blend of texture, harmony and genres spanning folk, jazz and classical traditions as each group plays both their own music and then collaborates in different combinations for a totally unique and varied musical experience! 

As with all Semibreve events, the evening would not be complete without an added dimension of food and drink offering! We will be tuning in to Jenny Thompson of Hexham’s “Made with Love and Plants” making her health-full chocolate and raspberry tart (see recipe​) and our cocktail of the evening is brought to you by Francesco Pascale.

With the bars being closed lots of us have missed those special drinks. Francesco will be demonstrating 3 cocktails that you can easily make at home with some useful tips to make your cocktails.


The 3 cocktails will be:
Espresso Martini
Amaretto Sours
Virgin Mojito


Mary Ann Rogers received the 'Best Selling Published Artist Award from the Fine Art Trade Guild in 2009

watercolour demonstration withmary ann rogers
26.03.2021 | 12 noon | Live via Facebook 

Join a LIVE, fun experience with award-winning artist Mary Ann Rogers who is particularly celebrated for her wildlife work.


This is a special opportunity to view Mary Ann at work and will be sure to spark your enthusiasm to connect with watercolours and discover the joy they can bring you.  This event will be lively and entertaining and suitable for both those who have never picked up a paintbrush and those who have enjoyed painting in the past and wish to free up their technique. Mary Ann paints with a genuine passion and she is certainly able to ignite that passion in her audience and students.  


This demonstration will transform your thinking on watercolours –

it will take you to places new!

Grab your paints, brushes and paper and join us!  

Painting sets can be ordered through Mary Ann's website 

watercolour demonstration withmary ann rogers
26.03.2021 | 4.30pb - 5.15pm | Live via Zoom

Activate your Easter break with an uplifting yoga session lead by Yoga teacher Rachel Orange


Offering an emotional tool kit for young people, yoga flow to music and learn powerful breathing and relaxation techniques to help young people or anybody feel in harmony with their body.

What you'll need:

  • Yoga mat or towel 

  • Water to stay hydrated

This 45-minute class is suitable for those aged 10 and above, you will learn to channel your energy and transform emotion and optimize your wellbeing. 


11:30am via Facebook & YouTube

foil printing and bird making
with ‘Emma Bird’ 

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Learn from mixed-media artist Emma Bird as she demonstrates a fun marble printing technique you can do at home 

All you need is;

  • your bird template

  • a cereal box

  • some tin foil (or the inside of a crisp packet!)

  • felt tips 

  • a toothbrush for the printing    

  • scissors, string and glue to make the bird

One lovely aspect of this process is how unpredictable it is, you will be surprised with every print. Once you have created your prints, Emma will guide you through how to make some unique hanging birds.    


This will be a PRE RECORDED video streamed to our Facebook and YouTube pages and will be available to watch again or at a later date. This event is FREE but any donations are very welcome. 

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2pm via Facebook & YouTube

mixed media collage with 
Jessica Kinnersley

Take some time to "play" with the Hearth's own collage artist Jessica Kinnersley. Explore composition and layering using found papers, fabric scraps and stitch as inspiration with guidance and examples from Jessica. Create a mixed media miniature perfect for a little frame or mounted onto a greetings card.

You will need:

  • Scissors and glue

  • Needle and threads (neutral colours are particularly lovely with vintage papers)

  • A selection of papers (old book pages, sheet music, postage stamps for example), fabric scraps or trims/buttons to rummage through to arrange your collage.

Jessica has collage packs available in her Etsy shop if you would like some paper inspiration or to browse for ideas.                         

This will be a PRE RECORDED video streamed to our Facebook and YouTube pages and will be available to watch again or at a later date. This event is FREE but any donations are very welcome.

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4pm via Zoom

landscapes of the mind
with Jenny Purrett

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Immerse yourself in markmaking and see where it takes you!


Join Jenny Purrett for this practical 1hour zoom workshop where she will take you and your charcoal on a drawing journey. After a series of warm up drawings, Jenny will guide you in the creation of your own imaginary landscape drawing. Suitable for all levels of drawing experience and all ages.


You will need:

  • Charcoal (or pastel or chalk: only one colour needed)

  • A rubber

  • Large paper preferably A2 size. It could be cartridge paper, lining wallpaper, brown parcel paper or any other big paper.

  • Space to work: table top or drawing board which may get a bit dusty/messy

Thank you to everyone who attended this live event!


More information about Jenny Purrett, her work and  workshops can be found at and on 

This is a FREE event but any donations are very welcome.


6.30pm-7.15pm via Zoom

monday night chill club
with Samantha Coe
A special Chill Club suitable for any age (12 years +)   


Rest isn’t an indulgence - it’s good for our health, our wellbeing and our productivity.

Join Samantha Coe's Big Spring Rest, 45 minutes of rest and recharge with a guided relaxation - set up your rest nest and be soothed. Let her take you on a guided relaxation offering layer upon layer of letting go of your tension. We may not be able to walk in nature together but we can in our minds.

This was a live event and you'll be able to watch it again soon.

If you love it and want to make it a regular thing in your week then why not join Samantha Coe’s famous Friday Night Chill club - find out more here.

If you can't make this class, it will be recorded and shared on The Hearth's Facebook and Youtube pages. This is a FREE event but any donations are very welcome.


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7.00am onwards via Facebook & YouTube

a day of poetry 
with Stephen Tomlin, Ellen Phethean, Marcie Winstanley and Linda France

Today we have something special for you! We are so lucky to have so many poets contribute to our festival we are dedicating Tuesday 30th March as a day of poetry. Each poem, spoken word piece and sonnet is centred around the theme of wellness and Spring. Throughout the day we'll have videos from:

  • Stephen Tomlin will be performing seven pieces for us throughout the day; From The Song of Solomon, From The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, Sonnet 98 by William Shakespeare, Young Lambs by John Clare, Home Thoughts, From Abroad by Robert Browning, Tall Nettles by Edward Thomas and Home by WW Gibson

  • Ellen Phethean will be performing two poems ‘Coming to terms with Spring’ and 'Kenneggy'

  • Marcie Winstanley will be performing four original poems for us including 'Footprints in the tapestry of time' which The Hearth commissioned back in 2015.

  • Linda France To wind down at the end of the day she will read a selection of her own poetry that speaks to the theme of the Hearth’s Festival – Kindness through Culture. Join her for a 30-minute oasis of gentle reflection, wonder with the natural world and a renewed sense of tender connectedness.

This will be a PRE RECORDED series of videos streamed to our Facebook and YouTube pages and will be available to watch again or at a later date.

This is a FREE event but any donations are very welcome.

Spring Buds

Poems by Ellen Phethean and Marcie Winstanley can be seen HERE, together with the list of readings by Stephen Tomlin and Linda France's Poetry of Kindness podcast.

10.00am - LIVE via Zoom

carving a spoon demonstration - with Rachel Bainton

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Join Rachel live as she carves a spoon from a piece of green wood.


Rachel has been carving spoons for four years, and is still delighted by the beauty of the wood that can be released from what would otherwise become firewood. This demonstration is suitable for beginning carvers, experienced dabblers, and anyone who simply wonders how it's done.

This is a unique opportunity to witness the birth of a spoon. As she carves, Rachel will talk about the process and answer any questions that you have.

Please note this is a demonstration only NOT a class and any use of knives will be at the user's own risk.

This is a LIVE event hosted on Zoom. Book your place HERE.


If you can't make this class, it will be recorded and shared on The Hearth's Facebook and Youtube pages. This is a FREE event but any donations are very welcome.

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6:00pm via Facebook & YouTube

'how the hearth became'
History with humour with H and H

Maurice Holliday and Christine Holmes, members of Horsley Village Church and living in Horsley Village, are both founder members of The Hearth Charity. In this skit they recall the history of Horsley Village Church and how The Hearth Arts Centre came into being.

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10:00am via Zoom

holistic wellbeing workshop
with Rachel Orange

Enjoy 60-minutes of nourishing, self-care with Yoga Teacher Rachel Orange. She will be teaching us how to be gentle with ourselves and embrace the slowness we have learned over this past year to prepare ourselves for coming out of lockdown and stepping into spring.

This class is an inclusive experience for beginners and experts alike covering a range of holistic elements including Dru yoga, meditation relaxation, breathing techniques and self-care (reflexology techniques for feet).

What you'll need:

  • Towel

  • Water to stay hydrated

  • Blanket(s)

  • Massage balm/lotion/oil (for reflexology)

  • Socks 

  • Optional- a candle (peace flame)

This is a LIVE event hosted on Zoom. Book your place HERE.


If you can't make this class, it will be recorded and shared on The Hearth's Facebook and Youtube pages. This event is FREE but any donations are very welcome.

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12:00pm via Facebook and YouTube

easter crafts
with Rosie Serdiville

Craft activities for children with Rosie Serdiville.

Make 3D animal face masks, or decorate your face mask with a cute cat.

See here for templates for a bunny or fox face mask, Whiskers and ears and instructions

See here for template and instructions for decorated face mask 

Available via The Hearth's Facebook and Youtube pages. This event is FREE but any donations are very welcome.

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6:00pm - 7:00pm via Zoom

zoom family quiz
with Rosie Serdiville

Do you know your bangers from your beans, your cola from your chocolate?


Test your food & drink knowledge with our bumper family quiz, packed full of interesting local food facts and stories about Northumberland’s culinary past and people.


Don’t miss our bumper Spring Festival quiz, featuring multiple-choice questions about local food and drink, food on television and the strange and wonderful things people once considered tasty.

REGISTER HERE on our website to receive your your zoom link.  

There you’ll also find a recipe for our very own Hearth Cakes. Why not make your own and bring them along to show everyone?

This event is FREE but any donations are very welcome.


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