Regretfully we have been forced to postpone our Garden Party that was due to take place on Saturday 25 May 2019. Many people who have supported the building of the new studio have said that they would very much like to attend but that they are unable to come on that date. As the event was designed to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped us raise the funds to build the studio this is a pity.
We have also been struck by a couple of last minute snags with the build, so our site is not looking at its best as we had hoped. We have therefore reluctantly come to the conclusion that we should postpone the event until later in the year, when we will be fully up and running with the new studio and more people are likely to be able to attend. A new date in the Autumn will be announced shortly.
You are most welcome to visit us to see the new studio, and other improvements at Jackdaws in the meantime; just let us know when you’d like to come and we’ll make you welcome.
With just a short pause for a break over Christmas, progress on the new Jackdaws studio has taken a huge step forward since our last update in October.
Outside, the roof tiles, windows and doors have transformed the façade. Meanwhile, work inside continues to create a superb new studio with large, bi-fold doors opening out on to the rose garden which can now be appreciated more fully. The underfloor heating makes this space extremely pleasant to work in on these cold frosty days.
Now that the weekend courses have resumed after the Christmas break, our builder Paul’s final job each Friday afternoon is to ensure the site is ready for the arrival of our participants. Courses have continued to run throughout the development and we are keen to move our courses into the new studio as soon as possible.
We are still fundraising for the studio, to help with furnishing and equipment, and there is time yet to have your donation recognised on the special 20Jackdaws wall-mounted display which will feature in the new building. The commission will celebrate and thank all our supporters who have contributed to the project since its inception in 2012. Your donations are as important to us now as they were then, and we rely on them to keep progress moving.
If you wish to add your name to our list of supporters, there are a number of ways you can do so – get in touch with us and let us know how you would like to help.
Autumn Approaches and we Raise the Roof!
Since our last update, construction on the new studio has really taken shape, with the roof timbers rising into the autumn landscape.
Our build team made the most of the warm September days to make great progress with the structure (that you can now see), and the drainage (which thankfully you can’t!) It’s becoming easier to see how the new building will fit into the Jackdaws site, and how wonderful the open aspect onto the rose garden will be.
Recent participants have been impressed to see how the building is taking shape, and have reassured us that the works are not a problem, which has always been a priority!
“The facilities at Jackdaws, although in a state of flux due to the building works, were first class. Everything was very clean and well maintained.”
Our adjusted access and parking arrangements have worked well, and we’re most grateful for the support that participants and tutors have given us. If you’re coming on a course, we’ll keep you updated throughout the process with any changes, as we continue to run our full programme of events.
There are still plenty of opportunities to see this exciting ‘work in progress’, we have an inspiring range of One Day Courses this autumn, alongside our weekend retreats at Jackdaws.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Read the Building Blog Part One
Building the future of Jackdaws!
We’re delighted to announce that building work for our new purpose built studio has now started! The first month of the build project has seen a lot of work on the foundations and at ground level, and we can now see the shape of the building beginning to emerge. Those of you who have attended a summer course here will have seen the progress being made, and our upper terrace area has provided a bird’s eye view of the new development. The terrace has proved to be a very popular area in itself, especially during the amazing sunny weather we’ve had!
Rest assured, our weekend courses will continue to run as planned; you’ll still find inspiring tutors, delicious food and the usual peaceful retreat at Jackdaws, as the build team will be working from Monday to Friday. There will be some minimal adjustments to parking and access, which we’ll advise participants about before their course, as these will alter as the project progresses.
We look forward to welcoming you during this exciting time, to come and see for yourselves the start of this hope-filled chapter at Jackdaws. All courses for the 2018 – 2019 season are now available to book, online, by phone or by post – see you soon!