Monday, 13 December 2010

Beach Hut 13

Janette Tozer has been a great supporter of the Beach Hut Advent Calendar ever since it began and has produced a painting for us every year so far. Tonight her subject was Mary and she produced a new artwork for hut number 374 which is owned by one of her art students.

The evening was cold and misty which gave a lovely atmosphere to the event as the hut glowed in the candlelight and families came towards us through the golden light of the seafront lamp posts.

We had lots of children visiting tonight and it was great to hear their shouts as they ran around the promenade and in and out of the beach huts and to think of Mary listening out for the cry of her baby when he was born and his laughter and tears as he grew up.

Janette also enlisted the help of other artists including a nun who paints icons and collage artist Jenny Buchanan.

Next hut is close to the King Alfred and is number 177.

Beach Hut 12

The 12th of December was launch night for new charity initiative I Leave My Mark who chose the theme of Gifts for their hut as they wanted to focus on the gift of life. I Leave My Mark is inviting people to make their mark by giving their fingerprint and donating £1 or more which will go to a variety of charities to support traumatised and bereaved children.

Their main event will be in beach hut 44 on Boxing Day when the hut will be open all day collecting fingerprints and donations. You can find out more about this on their website.

Debbie and her helpers managed to get a whole Christmas tree into their hut and everyone who came along had the opportunity to put their fingerprint on a small card and then hang it on the tree as a Christmas decoration. In the spirit of charity and helpfulness the tree was donated by a local tree seller and decorations by Lulu and Hitch who have been generous in their support of this new venture.

Next up is hut number 374.