Our 30th anniversary summer is in full swing!
June 28, 2019

Our 30th anniversary summer has already been jam packed with special events to celebrate! So far we’ve created the most spectacular gin bar and had a disco with Stickman, the Gruffalo and Elmer the Elephant, but there’s more to come. Keep reading to hear more about our celebrations and what else to expect!

The Botanics Lounge: 1 June 2019

We kicked off our summer of 30th anniversary celebrations, by hosting a special event at the Fieldgate Centre in Kingsclere. The Botanics Lounge transformed the Fieldgate into a pop up nightclub for one night only! It had it all; quirky signage and tropical plants, rezoning of the rooms and spaces, hessian backdrops and botanical prints and artefacts. Topped off with the outside becoming a pizza terrace with bunting and flowers. 150 guests enjoyed gin cocktails created and served by The43Club, wood fired pizza and fantastic live music from Bristol-based band Fully Funked.

More than £11,000 was raised for our Touch to See library service for blind and partially sighted people.  Thank you to everybody who contributed to this successful evening and for supporting the fundraising games and of course the cocktail bar!

A handwritten chalkboard menu sign

A barman making cocktails

People sat outside in the garden with drinks and pizza

Endure24: 14-16 June 2019

We were delighted to be the chosen charity at the Endure24 challenge held on 14-16 June at Wasing Park in Aldermaston, Berkshire for the second year running.  While 3,000 adults prepared to run for 24 hours whether solo or in their teams, our activities commenced on the Friday with a children’s race and Robot Rave Disco. The fun continued through Saturday with crafting activities and games, take a look at the photos to see their creations! Ending on Sunday with a bucket collection to raise money to support our work for blind and partially sighted people.

Our partnership with Endure24 Reading is to provide children’s activities for those attending in support of their running grown-ups.  This way we can inform thousands of people about the transformative work of Living Paintings. Over 400 children visited to participate in arts and crafts, lucky dip, face painting, tombola and storytelling by popular children’s author Ian Whybrow. Our colourful sweet shop was as popular with the runners as with their children! And thanks to our visiting characters The Gruffalo, Stick Man and Elmer the Elephant! Children and adults alike were thrilled to meet these larger-than-life children’s book favourites.

Four runners supporting Living Paintings jumping in the air

Elmer, Stickman and the Gruffalo

A boy with a handcrafted robot

Author Ian Whybrow pretending to be a dinosaur

Still to come:

Midsummer Music

On July 6th, join us for a celebratory concert with the Cromwell Singers of Newbury. There will be fantastic soloist performers, providing beautiful melodies for this midsummer evening and refreshments available throughout.

Tickets are £10 and can be purchased by calling 01635 299771 or emailing louisej@livingpaintings.org

Summer Prize Draw

Somebody very lucky is going to win a three night trip to Marrakesh in Morocco! Tickets are selling fast for our Summer Prize Draw and there is still time to enter. For just £1 each ticket, the funds raised from the Prize Draw will support Living Paintings and our Touch to See library for blind and partially sighted people. Call 01635 299771 or emailing louisej@livingpaintings.org to buy. Draw date is Friday 19th July – don’t delay, enter today!

Full terms and conditions can be found here.


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