OCTOBER was as busy as ever with Lucy Perry our
‘Artist in Residence’ working in the house on the first two Saturdays of the
month. She spent time sketching and photographing the many different visual
motifs in the house, building up to producing screen prints. These should be
ready for sale in the shop during our Potters and Friends event in December.
Later in the month Lavenham Gardening Club held a ‘Divide and Multiply Sale’ in
the garden. This was a ‘Bring and Buy’ type of sale and entry to the garden was
free. A magnificent planted pot was raffled and the money raised was shared with
the East Anglian Air Ambulance. The whole event was a great success and grateful
thanks to Michael and Vivian Warner and other garden club members for their hard
work. Over £200 was donated to the house.
During November Little Hall joined in the village wide
commemorations surrounding the Centenary of the Armistice. In the 2nd half of
the 19th and the early years of the 20th century, the building we now know as
Little Hall was divided into a number of separate dwellings. The present library
and inner hall and the solar and corridor above formed a small cottage known as
20 Market Place. Two brothers, Edward and Ernest Poulson, left this small
cottage to go to war in August 1914. We prepared displays in the house about the
Poulson brothers. We were also able to display information about the Gayer
Anderson brothers’ military service and in the dormitory there was a selection
of the previously unseen photographs of World War 1 taken from the Soper
We had over 500 visitors through the house during the
two weekends and there was a lot of interest from visitors and Lavenham
residents alike. On the evening of Sunday 11th November the village joined in
the Nationwide Commemorations with a Service of Remembrance and a beacon
lighting ceremony in the Market Place. Little Hall’s ‘pop up’ café, serving tea,
coffee and squash in the garage, proved a success. The drinks were provided by
Lavenham Parish Council and donations of £60 have been split between three
The final event of 2018, is ‘Potters and Friends’, our
premier ceramics exhibition. This is to run at the same times and alongside
Lavenham’s Christmas Fair on Friday 7th, Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th December.
There will be 15 stalls with handmade ceramics, jewellery, textiles and much
more beside. Entry is free and the Little Hall shop has some new products as
well as old favourites on offer.
Little Hall is completely volunteer run, if you feel
you could help in any way please phone me, Gwyneth Arnott on 01787 247919 or
Jane Waller 01787 247889. Or take a look at our website and email email@example.com
season we are continuing activity packs for families to use with their
children. See here for more details.
shop continues to refresh its range of products, many of which you'll not find anywhere
admission charge to the shop which is open when the house is open.