May 27 – June 4
Whitsun brings English Wine Week. We have our regular Vineyard tours on the 26, 27 and 28 May. Additionally, if you are visiting the Gun Room on Saturday May 27th you will be able to purchase wine by the glass from noon. Look out for Plumpton Estate’s The Dene (sparkling) and our own Hobbs Hawth (still). Why not enjoy a glass in our courtyard café with complimentary nibbles?
We would also be delighted if you would join us on Tuesday 30 May at 10.30 am at the Gun Room to partake in a gentle guided walk from the Gun Room up to the Vineyard, around the Rathfinny Trail and back again. Please allow a couple of hours. There’s no cost, but we need to manage numbers, so please call us on 01323 870022 or email email@example.com to be added to the guest list. Let’s hope for good weather!
It’s quite incredible. We note that over the past two years we have recorded a whopping 142% increase in footfall into the Gun Room. Sales have risen too, as has our reputation as a ‘go to’ place for coffee in the area. Whilst enjoying your coffee the team are always happy to chat and share news about what events are going on at the Estate. We are also very delighted to be able to continue showcasing the work of local artists and crafts people. Alongside those whose recent work is for sale – Keith Pettit, Celia Hart, Adam McNaught -Davis, Viv Blakey, Alison Milner and Sue Pryke – we continue to show the work of the well-known Sussex artist Harold Mockford. We are grateful to the Mockford Family Trust who have lent a large number of works to us, so that these can be enjoyed by our visitors.
Blackbird in Tree (Firle), 2005, by Harold Mockford
We also sell works by Sussex artists of the past – Eric Ravilious, Eric Slater and Edward Stott.
We are always keen to add to our roster of Gun Room artists; we are especially keen to hear from Sussex artists producing high quality prints. Do please call us if you are interested in having your work on sale in the Gun Room.
New books in the Gun Room
We are delighted to announce that we will be stocking two new works published by Snake River Press. There’s a very strong Gun Room connection, in that our friend Dr June Goodfield, President of the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Historical Society, was instrumental in bringing these books about.
Those of you who visit frequently will know that upstairs at the Gun Room we house the Alfriston Heritage Centre. Here you will see panels depicting Alfriston’s fascinating past and the history of winemaking in England, written in collaboration with the Historical Society. June has worked tirelessly to promote local history and has given freely of her time to us in the Heritage Centre. Her recent project deserves more space than a blog allows, so suffice to say it has resulted in the republication of Eleanor Farjeon’s 1939 work A Sussex Alphabet and a brand new work A South Downs Alphabet, both of which will be available shortly at the Gun Room.