News from the Sharpham Trust
Sharpham Trust starts search for new Director
The Sharpham Trust is beginning the search for a new Director, after Chris Nicholls announced that he is to retire early next year.
Chris is due to step down in January, having spent over 18 successful years in post, during which time the charity has grown in strength and profile.
Since taking up role, he has directed many diverse projects on the 550-acre estate, overlooking the river Dart. When asked which of the Trust’s achievements he is most proud, he said, “It’s hard to say but I think that there are three that stand out. The first is a cycle track that was created with help from S.H.D.C. to link Totnes with Ashprington village which was opened in 2001 and later adopted by Sustrans. It has opened up the estate to the walking and cycling community and has proven to be a great success.
“The second has been the commissioning, in this last year, of two large solar photo-voltaic arrays on the estate. Both have been sited on new agricultural buildings and now the Trust is halfway to producing all the estate’s energy requirements.
“The third project, which is our most recent initiative, has been the creation of Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground that was opened last week. It is on a beautiful site and is a very special place that we know will be appreciated by many people over the years.
“In my time here, I have witnessed a large number of transformational changes and am really pleased that Sharpham estate welcomes in the public. Now anybody, of any age, will find something to excite them in what we offer.
“The extraordinary range and diversity of our courses, events and activities is designed and delivered by a small mostly part-time staff team and a dedicated group of volunteers. I should like to pay tribute to these staff and volunteers who work so hard and with such care and enthusiasm, as well as the Trustees who give so much of their free time to creatively support and guide this Trust towards an increasingly exciting future.
“My successor, whoever he or she will be, is very lucky. They will be taking up a wonderful opportunity, in a strong and vibrant organisation in a fabulous setting.”
String quartet sounds an authentic historical note for Sharpham
On the 5th July, The Sharpham Trust’s magnificent Grade I listed Sharpham House, near Ashprington, Totnes plays host to a special evening of 18th century music performed by the highly acclaimed Divertimento Ensemble String Quartet.
In this beautiful setting, overlooking the river Dart, the quartet will play a varied programme of pieces composed in the period, a particularly significant time for the House and its owners when the owner, Capt Philemon Pownoll and his wife employed the best talents of their generation. They commissioned the architect, Robert Taylor, to rebuild the house. They had their portraits painted by Joshua Reynolds and it is believed they commissioned ‘Capability’ Brown to landscape the gardens and parkland.
The Trust is delighted that The Divertimento Ensemble, formed in 2004 to perform major works of chamber music is bringing its world class performance to Sharpham. This flexible-sized group of well-known professional musicians delight and inspire their audiences.
The programme is:
Joseph Haydn – String Quartet in G major, Op. 64, no. 4
Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet in F, Op 18, no 1
Franz Schubert - String Quartet in A minor, ‘Rosamunde’ Op. 29
Everyone is welcome to come including children, if they are interested and able to listen.
The concert starts at 7.30pm but the House will be open from 6pm, when Sharpham Estate wine and cheese together with bread, olives and salad leaves will be available to buy then, and also later during the interval.
Tickets are limited. Adult concert tickets cost £15 and can be booked online in advance. For children 15 years and under - concert tickets are £7.50 and can be purchased at the door. Parking available.
To book tickets and to find out more details about the evening and the musicians see http://www.sharphamtrust.org website.
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