Dumbleton artists' painting honours village hall's milestone birthday - The Evesham Observer

Dumbleton artists' painting honours village hall's milestone birthday

Evesham Editorial 23rd May, 2024   0

AN EVESHAM village hall has unveiled a special painting created by a local artist to commemorate its 125th anniversary.

Dumbleton Village Hall unveiled local artist Derek Lyes’ commemorative painting on Sunday, May 19 to mark the Victorian building’s milestone birthday.

The painter, Derek, was born in Dumbleton in 1935 and has lived in the village ever since, with a pause to serve in the Royal Navy.

He moved back to Dumbleton and met his beloved wife, Annette. They had three children – Mark, Dominic and Rachel. In 1976 he moved back into his childhood house where he still lives today.

Despite his time in the Navy leaving him profoundly hard of hearing, he remains a pillar of the community.

A few years ago, Derek took up painting and his creativity has flourished with many members of the community commissioning him to create bespoke artwork.

During the unveiling, nearly 100 Dumbleton residents enjoyed an afternoon in the glorious sunshine with tea and lots of prosecco in hand.

Home-made sandwiches, cakes and scones were provided by the hall’s committee as everyone came together to celebrate the hall’s rich history and Derek’s ‘remarkable’ talent.

Derek said: “The Village Hall has been part of my life forever. I’ve enjoyed so many great times here including dances, drinks, dinners and more.

“Since the death of my dear wife, I live alone and the events at the Hall give me the chance to catch up with friends, make new friends and talk about the history and changes I’ve seen.

“I was so pleased to be asked to create a picture of the Hall for its anniversary but I’ve been nervous too.

“It’s an important part of the celebrations and as a self-taught artist, I always worry about if it’s good enough.”

The hall’s committee said Derek never needed to be nervous. They added Derek is ‘such a talented’ artist.

Jim Harmsworth Cowles, chair of the Village Hall said: “Derek’s portrait beautifully captures the essence of the Hall.

“His picture is a fitting tribute to the enduring connection between the village and the Hall and we knew there was no one better than Derek to do it.

“Everyone in the village knows and loves him and we’re deeply honoured that he has produced this wonderful piece to celebrate our 125th anniversary.”


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