Arts group puts its work on show

Spalding Arts and Craft Society members Eric Bidwell, Beverley Healey, Clare Ratcliffe, Jo Fox and Jon Healey at their annual exhibition at Ayscoughfee Hall, Spalding.
Spalding Arts and Craft Society members Eric Bidwell, Beverley Healey, Clare Ratcliffe, Jo Fox and Jon Healey at their annual exhibition at Ayscoughfee Hall, Spalding.

A highlight of the cultural year in Spalding is under way as members of a long-standing arts group show their work to the public.

Spalding Arts and Crafts Society members are showing their masterpieces at Ayscoughfee Hall where the exhibition runs until January 30.

Landscapes and portraits, including one of the late Baroness Thatcher, are on display at the Grade 1 listed building which dates back to the 15th century.

Society member Clare Ratcliffe said: “It’s the highlight of our year and a chance for the public to see and to buy our members’ work.

“We have just over 60 members and they have produced some original paintings, including quite a few portraits.”

Surgeons at the old Johnson Hospital, Spalding, formed the society in 1916 for soldiers wounded in World War I and its first exhibition was in 1918 when the Great War ended.

It is one of the oldest groups of its kind in the country and members meet at Pinchbeck Village Hall on the first Tuesday of every month from 7.30pm until 9.30pm.

The exhibition is open at Ayscoughfee Hall between Wednesdays and Sundays, 10.30am till 4pm.