Christmas Concert of Carols, Songs and Readings at Christ Church Catherdral
On the 9th December 2009, the children’s choirs from Stonesfield Primary School, St Joseph’s Primary School, Oxford and the Dragon School, Oxford told the story of Christmas (and Emmaus) through carols, songs and readings in Christ Church Cathedral. There was a very special atmosphere as the children gave beautiful performances; their joy and enthusiasm was clearly evident and they made their teachers, families and friends very proud. We had some wonderful feedback from those who attended and raised the sum of £6,700. We are very grateful to John Madden, Head of Music at the Dragon School who co-ordinated the programme, the individual Choir teachers and the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church Cathedral.
Open Gardens in Pullen’s Lane
Four gardens in Pullen’s Lane, Headington were opened on Sunday
27th June to raise money for Emmaus Oxford. This was the initiative
of Graham Upton, High Sheriff of Oxfordshire this year, and his wife
Bebe Speed who is a Trustee of Emmaus Oxford. The High Sheriff’s
theme this year is diversity, so helping Emmaus was spot on. Bebe
got together with her neighbours Eryl and Tony Besse, Sally Lowe and
Sister Christine from the Convent of the Assumption late last year to
plan the event. Much hard work then ensued to show off the gardens at
These gardens are not normally open to the public so it was a great
opportunity to see some more of this hidden-away and tranquil part of
Oxford. The four gardens represent a range of styles, plantings and
features with three of them being gardens which have evolved over the
years with their owners and the fourth having been more recently
beautifully designed and planted mainly by Nicholsons Garden Design.
Aside from a stall selling plants, there was also a painted furniture and
bricabrac stall manned by Emmaus staff Eddie and Jon and a Companion, Richard. Besides being a selling opportunity, this was also an occasion when Emmaus was visible to a wider audience which hopefully will result in further support and furniture donations. A raffle made extra money and the tea and cake stall did a roaring trade especially when the sun came out and visitors could sit and enjoy the gardens. Overall, £3,500 was raised and will be matchfunded so a tremendous effort by all concerned.
From Junk to Jewels! A furniture painting workshop with Annie Sloan
Barberine, formerly Head of Modern and Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s, Amsterdam and Deputy Director of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s, London told us that the Supper at Emmaus is a New Testament story painted by some of the greatest artists, from Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese to Caravaggio and Rembrandt. She explained the symbolism of the meal and the differing ways these artists sought to depict Luke’s gospel narrative from dramatic revelation to intimate moment of recognition. Although the theme seemed to have lost much of its appeal after the 17th Century, Barberine also looked at the very few more recent examples, including a famous 1930s ‘Vermeer’ and an unexpected Bloomsbury gem in Sussex.
Tickets for this Event were much sought after, we even had a waiting list for returns! And, no-one who attended was disappointed as Barberine’s enthusiasm and knowledge of her subject inspired everyone. We are very grateful to Barberine, the Art Department of The Dragon School who hosted us and the Imperial Wine Company and Oxford Cheese Company for contributing wine and cheese. We raised a magnificent £2,700.
‘What’s it worth?’ with Jonty Hearnden.
On Saturday, 27th April, we welcomed Jonty Hearnden, the celebrity auctioneer and valuer, and around 100 guests and their collectibles to the Mortimer Hall in Old Marsden. Jonty commented that he could
record a complete ‘Antiques Roadshow’ TV programme with the treasures which had been brought along! In the end, he chose a selection of items including an ivory card case, an Art Deco dressing table set, an embroidered Royal leather document case and a Renoir print to discuss with their owners, explain their history and to challenge us all to guess ‘What’s it worth?’ It was a fun and fascinating
afternoon, topped off with delicious tea and cake!
We are really grateful to Jonty for his time and expertise, and for staying long after the event had concluded to discuss and give valuations to those who had brought along items. We also thank Mike
and Imogen North of The Nut Tree at Murcott who gave us a free ‘7 course tasting menu for 2’ as a prize for the Grand Draw. And a big thank you to all those who support our events by buying tickets, those who help organise and cook for them and the staff that attend and help with the admin! With all your help we are able to raise both awareness of Emmaus Oxford and funds to continue the work.