Grab a unique piece of the past at Valentines Mansion

One of Redbridge’s most historic buildings is hosting a Vintage Fair bursting with original and bespoke retro finds.

Grade II* listed Valentines Mansion and Gardens, on Emerson Road, will be opening its doors for a day of retro shopping on Sunday April 28.

The Fair, running from 10am to 4pm, is free to enter and brings together some of the UK’s finest vintage traders.

Discover a unique selection of wares from stalls selling handmade crafts, vintage reupholstered furniture and home décor, to jams and chutneys, fashion, jewellery, accessories, collectables and more.

The fair is a retro shoppers dream and offers something for every vintage taste at affordable prices. And after bagging all your bargains, don’t forget to unwind and grab yourself a spot of lunch, or cream tea at the Gardeners Cottage Café, set on the Mansion’s stunning grounds.

For more information contact Valentines Mansion on 0208 7088100.

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Treat your mum to a ‘Touch of Glass’ this Mother’s Day.

With Mother’s Day approaching why not treat your mum to a day of creative fun and relaxation where she can discover her inner artist!

Valentines Mansion is running its popular ‘Touch of Glass’ workshop on Sunday March 24, a perfect early treat for Mother’s Day.

Budding artists will have the chance to learn the techniques used to create beautiful fused-glass artwork during this special workshop led by the mansion’s talented resident artist Amanda Seljubac.

Amanda, an established artist in the field of pottery, stone carving and most notably stained glass, will be exploring specialist fused glass techniques and materials including frit, stringers, metal inclusions and compatible glass. There will also be lots of top tips and handy hints on working with fused glass.

Armed with their new knowledge and skills, attendees will create their own fused glass art work to take home after being heated in the in-house kiln.

‘A Touch of Glass’ takes place at Valentines Mansion on Sunday March 24 and runs from 11am-2pm. Tickets costs £47 per person and includes the cost of all materials used on the day.

Tickets must be pre-booked via  www.valentinesmansion.com/whatson.php

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Make your own lino print designs at Valentines Mansion

Explore your creative side at Valentines Mansion this March as you learn to make your very own exclusive lino print artwork.

Led by our resident artists Amanda Seljubac and Sadia Ur-Rehman, this one-off workshop will teach you everything you need to know about the art of carving and printing linocuts in a number of colours.

You’ll gain the skills and knowledge to create your own unique designs on lino which will then be printed onto high quality material in a choice of different colours and backgrounds.

Your masterpiece will be available to take home at the end of the day to showcase to family and friends!

The workshop takes place on Wednesday March 13, 11am – 2pm and costs £45 per person which includes materials, as well as tea and coffee on the day.

Places are limited so book now via the What’s On section of our website http://www.valentinesmansion.com

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This workshop is part of ArtLab – a collaboration between the mansion’s resident artists Amanda Seljubac and Sadia Ur-Rehman who will be bringing their creative skills and expertise to a series of 10 workshops throughout the year to celebrate ten years of the mansion being open to the public.

For more information contact Valentines Mansion on 0208 7088100.

 

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Fall in Love with Valentines Mansion this February

Cupid won’t be very far this February as the aptly named historic Valentines Mansion opens its doors for a year of celebration to mark their ten year anniversary, starting with its Made with Love Fair.

Following a short winter break the charming Grade II listed building, nestled in the heart of Valentines Park in Ilford, will be re-opening to the public again until October.

2019 marks a decade  since the mansion was completely restored back to its former original glory, and opened up to the public for the first time as a free historic visitor attraction.

Once the former home of Oliver Cromwell’s niece Elizabeth Tillotson, the mansion now stands as a proud tribute to the past for visitors to enjoy.

The mansion will be hosting its first event of the year – Made with Love – on Sunday February 10, with doors opening at 10am.

Guests will have the opportunity to browse stalls from some of the UK’s finest traders of beautiful handmade arts, crafts, food and drink in the run-up to Valentine’s Day.

The perfect opportunity to buy something unique for the one you love, or simply spoil yourself!

The event runs until 4pm, and is free to attend. After snapping up the treats on offer, don’t forget to unwind and grab yourself a spot of lunch, or cream tea at the Gardeners Cottage Café, set on the Mansion’s stunning grounds.

For more information contact Valentines Mansion on 0208 7088100.

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Top tips to maintain the hedgehog population

Hedgehogs are one of the nation’s favourite mammals, but unfortunately populations across Britain have suffered a worrying decline over the past fifty years.

Lifeless manicured gardens, impenetrable fencing, busy roads and the use of pesticides and slug pellets has contributed to UK hedgehog numbers falling to less than 1 million today.

However, there is still a lot that can be done to help the population grow. Parks, gardens, and even cemeteries can provide vital habitats for hogs, and there are many simple ways people can help populations recover:

  • Wildlife corridors – adult hedgehogs can travel between 1 and 2 km per night in search of food or a mate, so cutting ‘hedgehog holes’ into fences and railings will allow them to roam freely.
  • Let your garden go wild (even if it’s just a little bit!) – avoid too much paving or artificial lawns and instead consider allowing gardens to have areas of rough grassland, hedges, and log piles. This will not only provide areas for hibernating and nesting, but also encourage invertebrate prey for them to feed on.
  • Ditch the pesticides – Metaldehyde (the active ingredient in slug pellets) can be lethal for hedgehogs, and there are many alternatives out there. Most importantly, hedgehogs need a varied supply of invertebrate to feed on, so by encouraging them to your garden you’ll get your own natural “pest controllers”!
  • Dangers – always remember to check bonfires before lighting, scrub before strimming and grassy areas before mowing, to a hedgehog all of these can seem like the perfect habitat to build a nest.

As part of monitoring the local hedgehog population our Valentines Mansion Garden team has been busy conducting their yearly hedgehog survey.

The survey supports the team’s in situ breeding programme for hedgehogs which was established over 8 years ago to help increase the population’s declining levels.

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A Touch of Glass

Budding artists have the chance to learn the techniques used to create beautiful glass artwork as part of a special masterclass being held at Valentines Mansion.

The historic grade II* listed building is hosting a ‘Touch of Glass’ on Sunday September 30 and Sunday October 28. The popular class is led by the Mansion’s talented resident artist Amanda Seljubac.

Amanda, an established artist in the field of pottery, stone carving and most notably stained glass, will be exploring specialist fused glass techniques and materials, including frit, stringers, metal inclusions and compatible glass. There will also be lots of top tips and handy hints on working with fused glass.

Armed with their new skills, attendees will create their own fused glass art work to take home after being heated in the in-house kiln.

‘A Touch of Glass’ takes place at Valentines Mansion on Sunday September 30 and Sunday October 28, and runs from 11am-2pm. Tickets costs £47 per person, and includes the cost of all materials used on the day.

Tickets must be pre-booked via  www.valentinesmansion.com/whatson.php

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Your donations help leave a legacy for future generations

Valentines Mansion is an elegant grade II* listed country house – steeped in fascinating history, and rich in original and restored period features.

Dating back to 1696, the mansion has been a family home to many including Elizabeth Tillotson, the niece of Oliver Cromwell.  Redbridge Council acquired the home in 1912.

Since then it has been a home to wartime refugees, a hospital, public health centre and a council housing department. After a period of closure, the mansion was restored to its former glory and opened to the public in 2009.

Thanks to funding and donations from the public we have been able to ensure the mansion is preserved for future generations.

The mansion is also available for hire, and hosts a range of events throughout the year including the fun-packed Mad Hatters Tea Party and Vintage Fair to sell-out art masterclasses and children’s activities – all of which generate vital funds for the up-keep and maintenance of the building.

Every donation is gratefully received. No matter how big or small, it plays an important part in helping keep the mansion open and free to the public, as well as help with on-going restoration costs.

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so online via:

http://easydonate.org/FOCH005

Or

Text / SMS donations

To donate £5, text FOCH005 to 70970
To donate £10, text FOCH005 to 70191
 

Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure needs to raise funds for this and for other charitable purposes.

Fundraising, payments and donations will be processed and administered by the National Funding Scheme (Charity No: 1149800), operating as DONATE. Texts will be charged at your standard network rate. For Terms & Conditions, see www.easydonate.org

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Grab yourself a unique piece of the past at Valentines Mansion

Valentines Mansion is hosting Vintage Fair bursting with original and bespoke retro finds.

Grade II* listed Valentines Mansion and Grounds, on Emerson Road, will be opening its doors for a day of retro shopping on Sunday September 30.

The Fair, running from 10am to 4pm, is free to enter and brings together some of the UK’s finest vintage traders.

Discover a unique selection of wares from stalls selling handmade crafts, vintage reupholstered furniture and home décor, to jams and chutneys, fashion, jewellery, accessories, collectables and more.

The fair is a retro shoppers dream and offers something for every vintage taste at affordable prices. And after bagging all your bargains, don’t forget to unwind and grab yourself a spot of lunch, or cream tea at the Gardeners Cottage Café, set on the Mansion’s stunning grounds.

For more information contact Valentines Mansion on 0208 7088100.

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‘Suffragette or Suffragist? Which one are you?’

Valentines Mansion is hosting an exhibition that pays homage to Women’s Suffrage and the centenary of the first generation of women being given the right to vote.

Taking place throughout August, the display explores the powerful subject of Women’s Suffrage and the differences between the militant actions of the suffragettes compared with the more peaceful, constitutional campaign methods of the suffragists.

The collection of work challenges people to talk about the two approaches and consider what their own stance may have been at the time.

Bringing together some of the best in local artistic talent, this thought-provoking exhibition is set to showcase a range of creative disciplines from stone-carving work and print to embroidery and portraits.

Among the artwork being displayed is defaced coinage. The piece by the mansion’s resident artist, Julian Walker, explores the defacing of coins during the Suffrage Movement, in which the slogan ‘Votes for Women’ was stamped in crude lettering across the head of the king on coins.

The deliberate targeting of the king, as the constitutional monarch and head of the Church of England, could be likened to a direct assault on the male authority figures that were perceived to be upholding the laws of the country at the time.

Speaking about his work Julian said:

“For over twenty years I have been making work that intervenes in what might be thought of as heritage objects.  

“I have undone embroideries and added to them, carved into fossils and Wedgwood ceramics, engraved onto 1950s glass plates, and made passable fakes of seventeenth-century drawings and artefacts from antiquity.

“All of these add to the cultural fragility of the items, and pose uncomfortable questions about preservation, use, the creation of ‘unassailable culture’, and how we relate to the past…The object altered for this project raises the same questions.”

Other poignant pieces being showcased include two portraits entitled “Words and Deeds” by the mansion’s resident artist Jason Rose.

Speaking about his piece, Jason said:

“The two portraits are of Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the suffragettes, and Millicent Fawcett, leader of the Suffragists.

“The piece explores the difference in approach both ladies had – the portrait of Millicent being composed entirely of transcribed words and quotes from various Suffragists, and the one of Emmeline being made up of archive images of suffragettes performing militant action”

‘Suffragette or suffragist? Which one are you?’ is free to attend and takes place in The Gallery,Valentines Mansion, Emerson Road, Ilford IG1 4XA

It will be open 11am-4pm every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout August.

Guests will also have the opportunity to buy original pieces of artwork from the exhibition.

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A Touch of Glass

Budding artists have the chance to learn the techniques used to create beautiful glass artwork as part of a special masterclass being held at Valentines Mansion.

The historic grade II* listed building is hosting a ‘Touch of Glass’, on Tuesday 31 July, led by the Mansion’s talented resident artist Amanda Seljubac.

Amanda, an established artist in the field of pottery, stone carving and most notably stained glass, will be exploring specialist fused glass techniques and materials, including frit, stringers, metal inclusions and compatible glass. There will also be lots of top tips and handy hints on working with fused glass.

Armed with their new skills, attendees will create their own fused glass art work to take home after being heated in the in-house kiln.

‘A Touch of Glass’ takes place at Valentines Mansion on Tuesday July 31 and runs from 11am-2pm. Tickets costs £47 per person, and includes the cost of all materials used on the day.

Tickets must be pre-booked via  www.valentinesmansion.com/whatson.php

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