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February 4, 2014

The Ropery Hall season has only just got into full swing but already we have had several full houses and more to come.

Last weekend's “comedy” weekend was certainly one to remember with both Susan Calman and Rob Newman playing to packed houses.

From the beginning of this season we have been able to add to the Ropery Hall experience with a bar-lounge for pre-show drinks and delicious light snacks.  More details can be found in this month's enews.


Richard Hatfield


Last Tuesday morning must have been the busiest one ever experienced at The Ropewalk.  With people queuing outside the door from 8.30am and the phones ringing non-stop until the Box Office opened for Alan Carr at times it seemed we were under siege.

We sold out within 10 minutes of tickets going on general release leaving many people disappointed to miss out seeing one of the country's most popular comedians tuning up his act in readiness for a tour.

Alan Carr was last here nine years ago as part of Barton Arts week when he was an up-and-coming comedian preparing for the Edinburgh Fringe.  Looking back Barton has seen many up-and-coming performers learning their craft before they hit the big time - the likes of Michael McIntyre, Dara Ó Briain, Rich Hall, John Richardson and Mark Steel.

We always ensure there is a good smattering of comedy in our Ropery Hall programme.  Why not come along and see one of these comedians in an intimate setting before they become household names and perform in huge arenas.

If you want to be ahead of the game and ensure you are one of the first to know about occasional special offers, such as Alan Carr, why not become a Friend of the Ropewalk.  The annual subscription is only £10 and includes delivery of the Ropewalk Magazine.  I bet that all Ropewalk Members who bought Alan Carr tickets thought it was well worth it as they had priority booking 24 hours before tickets went on general sale.

Exhibitions Lee Karen Stow - Poppies & Postcards

As the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One draws near The Ropewalk is commemorating this landmark in history with an exhibition by Lee Karen Stow, Poppies and Postcards.

Opening on March 1, photographic artist Stow brings together postcard-sized botanical images of the common cornflower poppy with a series of World War One original postcards exploring the roles of women during the four years of conflict, after which the accepted perception of what women were capable of changed irrevocably.

This exhibition, which opens on Saturday February 22, in Gallery One, continues until April 6.  It forms part of Stow's major documentary project Poppies (Women and War) which is sponsored by Arts Council England and tells the stories of women affected by and involved in wars and conflicts from World War One to the present day.

The current exhibition in Gallery One, Pam Grimmond and Chris Moss: Flights of Fancy continues until February 16 while Colin Taylor's Riverscapes in the Artspace ends on March 2.

Jeweller of the Month - Jayne Childs

Jayne Childs makes contemporary lace from original designs in her Nottingham studio using a machine to interpret her CAD design into thread, before finishing and assembling the creations into contemporary lace jewellery and gifts.

Her inspiration comes from the industrial heritage of Nottingham - the centre of lace production in England.  Her first pieces drew heavily on old Nottingham Lace technical drawings, the latest collections reflect new and original ideas, both in motif and product design.

Necklace by Jayne Childs

Valentine's Day in the Craft Gallery

Make this Valentine's Day one to remember with something handcrafted.

In the Craft Gallery we have carefully picked a beautiful selection of cards, glass, jewellery, textiles and ceramics to spark the romance in everyone.

We are also happy to gift wrap your gift so please ask about this service.

A selection of Valentine's Day cards and gifts

Coffee Shop February Specials

Our Vinegar of the Month is Orange and Mace.  Versatile is the only word that can describe this popular vinegar.  Here in the Coffee Shop we find it as exciting when it is splashed into oriental stir-fries as it is when glazing carrots or adding to a fresh fruit salad.

The Panini of the Month is Mexican Melt - a warming combination of Mixed Bean Chilli and Cheddar Cheese.

The Vegetable of the Month is the Leek. Like garlic and onions leeks are a member of the allium family.  When cooked have their own distinctive flavour, when delicate like a mild onion but with a hint of sweetness. The smaller the leek is the sweeter it tastes.

What could be more comforting on a cold winter's day than the Coffee Shop's Passion Cake?  Perhaps chosen as February embraces Valentine's Day, why not try a slice our triple layer Passion Cake which is not only rich, moist and delicious but even better, counts as one of your five a day!

Continuing this month at the Coffee Shop is the Pensioners' Special - choose between two soups and enjoy a hot drink as well for £5.50.  Further pensioners' specials on offer are a Panini, cake and hot drink for £8.50 and a two-course special of soup and a main course or a main course and pudding, again for £8.50.

We were also delighted to learn that one of our suppliers, Pipers Crisps has been voted Best Brand in the Savoury Snacks section of the Guild of Fine Food Best Brands for the second year running.

The award celebrates the most successful speciality food and drink products on sale in delicatessens, farm shops, food halls - and here at The Ropewalk. Pipers topped the ‘Savoury Snacks' section, as voted for by the retailers themselves.

By the way, regular customers will have noticed the Coffee Shop's floor is sparkling as never before thanks to sterling work by Ropewalk directors Richard Hatfield and Pete Mitchell aided and abetted by volunteers Michael Scrimshaw and Nick Cole.  Several hours of hard (and dusty) work one evening sanding down the floor followed by a couple of coats of varnish the following day has left the floor looking as good as new.  In fact, we think it is even better than as new.

Cooks of New Holland are serving up its first evening meal of 2014 on Valentine's day.  The first sitting at 6.30pm is now fully booked but there are still some places left for the 7pm sitting.

Amongst all the dust can you spot studio artist Michael Scrimshaw who volunteered to help sand the Coffee Shop floor?

One and a half days of hard work on the Coffee Shop floor has paid off!


Ropery Hall

There is a stellar line up in the next few weeks at Ropery Hall.  Highlights include spending Valentine's Day in the company of Mark Thomas and his 100 Acts of Minor Dissent.

We also welcome folk duo Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow who appear at Ropery Hall just days after their latest album, The Hum, is released, as well as the returning Snake Davis and his band, Burden of Paradise.

Theatre comes to Ropery Hall on Saturday, March 1, when actress Rebecca Vaughan brings 13 of Jane Austen's heroine to life in Austen's Women her show that was an Edinburgh sell-out hit.

Please don't forget that Rush, the film originally scheduled for January 16, is now being screened on February 6.  Be aware that the film contains flashing lights and images and may not be suitable for people with photosensitive epilepsy.  Viewer discretion is advised.

From the start of 2014, the bar at Ropery Hall will open an hour before the start of each show and film giving our audience plenty of time to relax with friends before the start of each performance.

Full details of  the Ropery programme from January until the end of April can be found on www.roperyhall.co.uk

Mark Thomas looks forward to his 100 Acts of Minor Dissent

Ropery Hall pre-show meals

We now have a bar-lounge where patrons can enjoy a pre-show drink in comfort and to complement this we are now serving pre-show light meals apart from Film Nights.

There is a choice of sandwich with a choice of white or multigrain bread or Panini £4.80.  The fillings are Strong Cheddar with Seasonal Chutney; Mozzarella, Tomato and Pesto;  Brie, Cranberry and Red Grape or Cheddar, Ham and Red Onion Chutney.  All are served with a salad garnish and crisps.

The Surma on High Street is  offering 10% off any pre-booked meal on gig nights on production of a valid ticket (either before or after the show)  and Cooks of New Holland are serving up pre show meals on February 28 as well as February 14.

St-art theatre change

Due to the sudden unavailability of the programmed theatre company, Barton based children's art charity, ST-ART, has quickly moved to find a replacement to the advertised February half-term show.

Now, Journey of Turtle by the Skipton based Lempen Puppet Theatre Company, will be performing twice two days later on Thursday February 20.

The play, suitable for anyone more than five years of age, is a beautiful story based on a trilogy of “just so” style Turtle tales about following your dream told with shadows, tabletop puppets and traditional storytelling.

The show lasts 50 minutes and will be on stage at 11am and 2pm.  Tickets cost £4 for adults and £3 for children and can be purchased in person at the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

A scene from Journey of Turtle by the Skipton based Lempen Puppet Theatre Company.

2014 Workshops at The Ropewalk

Why not join Angela Lindsley on Saturday, February 22, and learn a new skill?  Angela's workshop will show how to create a print combinbing collagraph and drypoint printing techniques.

A collagraph plate,  using the methods of cutting, tearing and adding DIY materials, will be used as a background while a second plate using Perspex will be scratched into to provide a detailed overlaid line drawing.

The workshop runs from 10.30am until 4.30pm and costs £45 or £40 for Ropewalk members. The price for this workshop is fully inclusive and there will not be any materials charge on the day.

If you want to become more creative and learn new skills in 2014 or brush up on old ones, go to http://www.the-ropewalk.co.uk/workshops  where you will find details of all the workshops to be held here in the first half of the year.

If you want to start 2014 by becoming more creative and learning new skills or brushing up on old ones, go to http://www.the-ropewalk.co.uk/workshops/ where you will find details of all the workshops to be held here in the first half of the year.

Please note that from after listening to comments from our many workshop participants, from January 2014 prices for workshops are fully inclusive of the materials that will be used during the day.  There will not be any further materials charge on the day of the workshop unless it is specifically stated.

Barton Arts 2014

Following last November's annual meeting, Barton Arts is now headed by Gill Dear with Liz Bennet as Programme Secretary.

This year Barton Arts will run from June 28 until July 6.  The programme is still being finalised but will include music for all tastes including opera.  The final event of this year's Barton Arts will be a Bash Street Theatre's silent theatre performance of The Strongman, a story of intrigue and jealousy with a big helping of comedy and musical joie de vivre.

Inspired by Charlie Chaplin's 1928 film The Circus, the production will take place in Baysgarth Park as part of the Barton Tourism Partnership's Performance in the Park Season.

Barton Civic Society 2014 programme gets underway

Friday, February 21 February is the first talk in this year's programme when Di Plumb gives a talk on Joseph Taylor, Lincolnshire Farm Worker and Folk Singer.Joseph Taylor achieved eminence for his musicianship and rose to be parish clerk and bailiff on the Saxby estate.  Percy Grainger, the Australian pianist, composer and folk song collector, considered him to be the finest folk singer that he had the opportunity to record.

The talk starts at 7.30pm at the Assembly Rooms and admission is free if you are a Civic Society member or £2 if you are a non-member.

Tourism leaflets available at the Coffee Shop

Don't forget you can pick up copies of Ropewalk Magazine tourism leaflets fromThe Ropewalk's Coffee Shop.  Our leaflet rack is constantly up-dated with leaflets, not only from Barton, but also the region.  If you would like suggestions for a day out in Barton or further afield or know what events are happening in and around the town, we're sure that you'll find what you are looking for.

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