Events Diary

May
25
Sat
DRAWING IFFLEY CHURCH @ Iffley Church Hall
May 25 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

 

Try your hand at drawing, painting and looking at what makes St Mary’s Church, Iffley, special to you!

 

 

 

 

Iffley artists Phil Whiting, FRSA and Sally Levell have generously agreed to run a second day-school in drawing at Iffley Church. This is in response to the great success of last year’s inaugural session. The day is intended for amateurs eager to learn and experiment under the guidance of professional artists.

Last year, one spring Saturday, Iffley was full of people quietly looking, with a new concentration and from a new angle, at the ancient church and its even more ancient neighbour, the 1400-year-old yew tree in the churchyard. Everywhere, even under the shadowy boughs of the ancient tree, there were artists on stools intensely capturing their impressions in pencil, charcoal and paint. At the end of the day they bravely exhibited their work in the Church Hall.

Sally and Phil spent the day inspiring and teaching the 16 participants. Both have impressive portfolios. Sally has worked with different techniques and methods but focuses on zinc-plate etching, exhibiting regularly with Oxford Printmakers and the Oxford Art Society. Phil finds that for him painting the landscape is the best way of evoking and excavating memories or hidden truths. He has held 20 solo exhibitions including shows at The European Parliament in Brussels in 2006 and at New College, Oxford in 2009. Both artists are rooted in Iffley and its church. They live in the village and are always to be found prowling round, soaking up the beauty and history of St Mary’s, and inspiring others. Their way of looking, and of expressing what they see, is infectious.

The participants loved it. Here’s what they said. ‘It was a fantastic day on Saturday. Many thanks to you and the Living Stones home team. The organisation and hospitality during the day was superb…could not have asked for anything better.  Iffley village and church have a bit of magic that really lifts the spirit making it an ideal venue for creative efforts. The group leaders were super. I look forward to the next one.’

INFORMATION about DRAWING IFFLEY CHURCH, a day-school for amateurs

Sat 25 May 2019, 10.30-4.30

The day-school is intended for amateurs aged 15+ to try their hand at representing aspects of St Mary’s Church and its surroundings. They will work on paper with a range of drawing techniques under the guidance of artists:

Sally Levell, http://www.sallylevell.com/sallylevellart/About_Me.html

Phil Whiting, https://www.axisweb.org/p/philwhiting/

The day will conclude with an informal exhibition of work done during the day after which participants may take their work home.

All materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own sketching stool, sketch book, or anything you are working on if you wish.

Numbers are limited. If over-subscribed, a waiting list will operate.

All applications to be received by Saturday 18 May.

Please note: we cannot accept applications from children under 15. Young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Coffee, tea and fruit juice will be available throughout the day. Please bring a picnic lunch or pop to The Prince of Wales, The Isis Farmhouse or The Tree for a snack at lunchtime.

Course fee: £20

HOW TO APPLY

Book online

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/penny-tyack-19695758929

For queries, contact

ptyack.livingstones@gmail.com

07813 692866

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun
29
Sat
THE CREATION AND DELUGE, A MEDIEVAL DRAMA OF HUMAN FOLLY IN IFFLEY @ Iffley Church and Church Hall
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

THE CREATION AND DELUGE

WHAT: Two short mystery plays written in the 14th-15thcenturies for amateur actors, The Creation tells the story of God creating the world, giving Paradise to Adam and Eve and casting them out for disobedience. The Deluge tells the story of Noah’s flood.

WHO: A group of local actors from in and around the Iffley area, under the direction of David Wiles, Professor of Drama and historian of the theatre, sponsored by Living Stones Iffley.

WHERE: In front of Iffley’s famous Romanesque church. The event begins in the Church Hall, then processes to the Churchyard where audience seating is on the ground, on straw-bales, or on chairs. You are advised to bring a cushion and/or a blanket.

WHEN: The play will be performed twice:

Saturday 29 June at 7.00 p.m.

Sunday 30 June at 3.00 p.m.

The performance will last about two hours, including a half-hour interval for refreshments, when medieval music will be provided by the Ghaetta ensemble.

FOR WHOM: The event is suitable for audiences of all ages. These stories (which predate Christianity) belong to everyone, and are presented in an inclusive way.

WHY:

– These stories still matter, especially in a world threatened by flooding and environmental destruction.

– Mystery plays are part of our medieval heritage and their topic is our shared humanity. Their poetry resonates against the stones of Iffley’s remarkable medieval church.

– Medieval plays were written as community theatre. We see the play as less a ‘show’ than a community event for local people.

IF IT RAINS HEAVILY: We will perform indoors. But this is England, so come equipped for showers (which will lend atmosphere to the story of Noah’s flood).

TICKETS: Tickets can be bought from 1st May online via this website, in the Iffley village shop, or at certain village events. Cost £10 (£5 for children aged 5-16).

Note – only standard adult tickets can be bought online.

There will also be a limited number of ‘baptistery’ tickets, for people with mobility problems, or who do not feel able to stand in the Church Hall for the first 5-10 minutes, and who need first access to the available outdoor seating. Baptistery ticket holders will be seated in the churchyard to see a shortened version of the play’s opening. Baptistery tickets cannot be obtained online.

There is no charge for preschool children, but because of a legal restriction on numbers we cannot guarantee that you and your children will have access to the Church Hall for the beginning of the event.

The link for online booking of standard adult tickets will be available here from 1st May. There is a small additional booking charge.

FAQs:

Who exactly is mounting this event? Living Stones Iffley, an arm of the parish church, mounts creative events aimed at a broader audience than worshippers or tourists in order to celebrate the history and purpose of one of the finest Romanesque buildings in England.

Where do the plays come from? These come from the retelling by medieval townspeople of stories from the Bible. The ‘Creation’ is from the East Anglian so-called ‘N-Town cycle’ and links the rebellion of the angel Lucifer to the rebellion of Adam and Eve. The first part of the ‘Deluge’ comes from Newcastle and tells the story of building the ark and the devil’s seduction of Noah’s wife. The story of the flood itself comes from the famous York cycle of mystery plays.

Refreshments? Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks may be purchased during the interval from Food to Feel Good About, the catering arm of the Rose Hill Junior Youth Club.

How do I get there? https://www.google.com/maps/place/Iffley+Church+Hall/@51.7280992,-1.2380116,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x165b38a8f3c0f760!8m2!3d51.7280992!4d-1.2380116

Further information? Contact us at iffleymysteryplay@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun
30
Sun
THE CREATION AND DELUGE, A MEDIEVAL DRAMA OF HUMAN FOLLY IN IFFLEY @ Iffley Church and Church Hall
Jun 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

THE CREATION AND DELUGE

WHAT: Two short mystery plays written in the 14th-15thcenturies for amateur actors, The Creation tells the story of God creating the world, giving Paradise to Adam and Eve and casting them out for disobedience. The Deluge tells the story of Noah’s flood.

WHO: A group of local actors from in and around the Iffley area, under the direction of David Wiles, Professor of Drama and historian of the theatre, sponsored by Living Stones Iffley.

WHERE: In front of Iffley’s famous Romanesque church. The event begins in the Church Hall, then processes to the Churchyard where audience seating is on the ground, on straw-bales, or on chairs. You are advised to bring a cushion and/or a blanket.

WHEN: The play will be performed twice:

Saturday 29 June at 7.00 p.m.

Sunday 30 June at 3.00 p.m.

The performance will last about two hours, including a half-hour interval for refreshments, when medieval music will be provided by the Ghaetta ensemble.

FOR WHOM: The event is suitable for audiences of all ages. These stories (which predate Christianity) belong to everyone, and are presented in an inclusive way.

WHY:

– These stories still matter, especially in a world threatened by flooding and environmental destruction.

– Mystery plays are part of our medieval heritage and their topic is our shared humanity. Their poetry resonates against the stones of Iffley’s remarkable medieval church.

– Medieval plays were written as community theatre. We see the play as less a ‘show’ than a community event for local people.

IF IT RAINS HEAVILY: We will perform indoors. But this is England, so come equipped for showers (which will lend atmosphere to the story of Noah’s flood).

TICKETS: Tickets can be bought from 1st May online via this website, in the Iffley village shop, or at certain village events. Cost £10 (£5 for children aged 5-16).

Note – only standard adult tickets can be bought online.

There will also be a limited number of ‘baptistery’ tickets, for people with mobility problems, or who do not feel able to stand in the Church Hall for the first 5-10 minutes, and who need first access to the available outdoor seating. Baptistery ticket holders will be seated in the churchyard to see a shortened version of the play’s opening. Baptistery tickets cannot be obtained online.

There is no charge for preschool children, but because of a legal restriction on numbers we cannot guarantee that you and your children will have access to the Church Hall for the beginning of the event.

The link for online booking of standard adult tickets will be available here from 1st May. There is a small additional booking charge.

FAQs:

Who exactly is mounting this event? Living Stones Iffley, an arm of the parish church, mounts creative events aimed at a broader audience than worshippers or tourists in order to celebrate the history and purpose of one of the finest Romanesque buildings in England.

Where do the plays come from? These come from the retelling by medieval townspeople of stories from the Bible. The ‘Creation’ is from the East Anglian so-called ‘N-Town cycle’ and links the rebellion of the angel Lucifer to the rebellion of Adam and Eve. The first part of the ‘Deluge’ comes from Newcastle and tells the story of building the ark and the devil’s seduction of Noah’s wife. The story of the flood itself comes from the famous York cycle of mystery plays.

Refreshments? Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks may be purchased during the interval from Food to Feel Good About, the catering arm of the Rose Hill Junior Youth Club.

How do I get there? https://www.google.com/maps/place/Iffley+Church+Hall/@51.7280992,-1.2380116,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x165b38a8f3c0f760!8m2!3d51.7280992!4d-1.2380116

Further information? Contact us at iffleymysteryplay@gmail.com

Jul
6
Sat
SEAHA Mobile Heritage Lab
Jul 6 – Jul 7 all-day

Throughout this weekend, visitors will have the opportunity to engage informally with doctoral students from the Oxford University Rock Breakdown Lab working at Iffley Church on projects related to stone degradation.

The Mobile Heritage Lab is a unique research and public engagement vehicle. It is a joint venture of University College London, the University of Oxford and the University of Brighton, and it is funded by EPSRC. The purpose of the ‘Lab-on-Wheels’ is to make Heritage Science as accessible as possible.

The Lab will be provided with scientific equipment relevant to the care and preservation of the ancient church of St Mary’s Iffley. Students will be able to explain their research into different areas of heritage science interest, such as environmental monitoring, imaging and chemical analysis. It may include ground penetrating radar, hyperspectral cameras, a weather station and pollution monitors, among other items.

Heritage science plays an important role not only in the analysis of materials, but also in engaging the public. Visitors will have a chance to try out a number of scientific instruments used by OxRBL to diagnose and quantify building decay.

 

Please drop in! This is a FREE event.

Sep
27
Fri
THE STONES OF IFFLEY @ Iffley Church and Church Hall
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – Sep 29 @ 5:45 pm

A STONE-CARVING COURSE at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Iffley AND MUCH MORE

In 2019 Living Stones, the education and heritage arm of St Mary’s Church, Iffley, will be celebrating the craft skills of its 12C builders and sculptors. At the heart of the programme will be a STONE-CARVING COURSE. This is for complete beginners as well as people with some previous experience. The 850-year-old hand-carved sculptures on Iffley Church will be our inspiration. Soft limestone, basic hand tools and expert teaching will be provided. Participants will receive close guidance in carving techniques and how to work safely.

Visitors are welcome to watch the course participants at work, and to immerse themselves in eye-opening experiences with stone from the Juraissic period to the present day. Activities taking place over the STONES weekend include an introduction to the geology of the stones the church is built of, a visit to a sculptor’s studio, talks on stone conservation, a tour of historic stonework in Oxford, and a talk by Nicholas Mynheer on his work as a Christian sculptor.

PROGRAMME

Friday 27 September

10.00-12.00, at Iffley Church and Churchyard, The Stones of Iffley Church and The Stones in the Graveyard, Philip Powell

14.00-19.00, at Sculptor’s studio, Cumnor, START OF STONE-CARVING COURSE.Visitors welcome to see round the studio, Alex Wenham, stone-carver

 

Saturday 28 September

ALL DAY in the Churchyard at Iffley Church. STONE-CARVING COURSE with tutors: Alex Wenham, Richard Martin, Royse Murphy, Maya Martin

09.30-10.30, A close look at Iffley’s sculptures with professional stone carvers

7.30-9.00 pm in Iffley Church Hall, Talk on conservation of historic stonework, Alex Wenham and Richard Martin

 

Sunday 29 September

ALL DAY in the Churchyard at Iffley Church. STONE-CARVING COURSE.

2.00-3.30 Waking tour of building stone as used in Oxford, Geoffrey Tyack, architectural historian, Philip Powell, geologist. Starts and finishes at the University Museum, Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PW

3.30-4.15 in Iffley Church Hall, Exhibition of work by stone-carving course participants. Tea

4.30-5.30 in Iffley Church Hall, Talk by Nicholas Mynheer on his work as a Christian sculptor,

 

Participation in the STONE-CARVING COURSE is for pre-booked applicants only, due to health and safety requirements. Fee for the whole 3-day course is £175.

Visitors are welcome to observe the students as they work on the stone-carving course free of charge. Pre-booking is recommended for all other events throughout the weekend as numbers are limited.  Tickets for single events £10.

BEFOREHAND

Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July: Visitors will have the opportunity to engage informally with MA students from the Oxford University Rock Breakdown Lab working in the churchyard on projects related to stone degradation.

Saturday 21 September: Lecture by Tim Tatton-Brown on The architectural use of marble in medieval England to the Friends of St Mary’s. This will take place in Iffley Church Hall at 3pm.

AFTERWARDS

Alex Wenham will welcome participants in the stone-carving course to visit his workshop by arrangement during the week following the course. They will have the opportunity to continue their work. He will offer guidance, tools and workspace.

Richard Martin will mentor apprentices who have completed the 3-day course to gain work experience with him with a view to embarking on a career in masonry and stone-carving.

Book online for all events

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/penny-tyack-19695758929

For more information please contact

Penny Tyack, Activities Co-ordinator, Living Stones at Iffley

ptyack.livingstones@gmail.com

07813 692866