Saturday, 28 March 2020

Fwd: Cygnet Gallery new website

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From: Grenville Allen <>
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2020 at 10:30
Subject: Re: Cygnet Gallery new website
To: Anna 

'Morning Anna

Well done for taking the Cygnet website on.  It seems to be the only route (the internet) left to everyone now.

Anyway, here's my bit: 

Grenville Allen in his corner of the Cygnet Gallery

I've attached a few pics above.  They're all painted in acrylic but in an old English watercolour technique ~ without the use of white paint.

Exception to this is 'The Enchanted Lake' featuring the frog and gnome.  This has been framed with a sort of Gothic twist.  This is the original.

Hope all this makes sense, Anna.  And thanks again. 👍🎨


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On Fri, 27 Mar 2020 at 11:22, Anna McDowell <> wrote:
As you all may know we are going to close the current website which is owned by Swans Trust and replace it with our own. This transaction was initially going to happen sometime at the end of April beginning of May. However this may have changed.

I have started to put together another very simple site and used some of the information on the current site. I have managed to transfer text and one or two images However, images are proving a major problem so if you wish to continue  to have a page on our Gallery's site please send me some images. Also can you check your details.

For those who are not on our site and would like to have a page please send me your information and images.

Please the links on you page have not been activated yet. 

If you click on this link you can see what I've done so far 

I'm not a website designer so please forgive any inconsistencies. 

Best wishes
For all you want to know about the heritage craft of Dorset Buttons

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Monday, 16 March 2020

Fwd: Country Fair

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From: Grenville Allen <>
Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2020 at 17:35
Subject: Re: Country Fair
To: Sarah Mcnulty <>

Aw. what a shame.

If anyone should drop out please get in touch.  We'll be happy to fill in at short notice.

Hopefully this virus won't force you to cancel anyway.  Fingers crossed for you 🤞


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Display In Salisbury

Display at the Royal Bath & West

On Mon, 16 Mar 2020 at 12:18, Sarah Mcnulty <> wrote:
Hi Grenville

Thank you so much for contacting us. Unfortunately all of our pitches for the Country Fair have been booked.

I do hope your apply again with us next year.

Best wishes

Sarah McNulty
Wedding & Events Manager
+44 (0)1308 424116 
Symondsbury Estate  

Friday, 6 March 2020

Still haven't blotted my copybook it seems....

Hi there, Grenville, welcome to the Cygnet!
Thank you for getting back so promptly.....and for being as conscientious as this. Thank you too for filling the gap on 14th.

But we'd like to assure you this email was not really aimed at our lovely new artists!! This is truly an ongoing problem......and one which affects several much more long-standing artists than yourself. 
We are, in particular, giving those historical members a nudge to pull together, to wake them up so we can continue to maintain what we believe is a beautiful and creative space. To make them realise the Gallery doesn't run itself over the years, many seemingly think!

Well done. Your new unit looks lovely; vibrant, colourful and eye catching with a quirky tongue in cheek humour, the painting which made me chuckle aloud were the ducks/ geese "debating "!
I look forward to meeting you at some stage soon.....and once again, welcome to The Cygnet!
All the very best,
Cali (on behalf of all the Cygnet artists)

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Fwd: Happy Birthday Hazel!

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From: Grenville Allen <>
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2020 at 23:33
Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Hazel!
To: <ginetter>


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On Wed, 1 Jan 2020 at 23:19, Grenville Allen <> wrote:

Click on our new cushions.  Came just in time for Hazel's birthday!


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On Wed, 1 Jan 2020 at 23:11, Grenville Allen <> wrote:

Hazel is v pleased with your birthday wishes, Ginette.  Am responding for her as at the moment she's transfixed by her football team's latest win.  They've beaten Burnley.  Great they've won after a dodgy spell of losses & near relegation. They go on and on dissecting how the match went.  I dunno!

She loves Matilda ~ as do I.  She looks v haughty ~ not happy about being disturbed on her new bed!  Here's Salty the sea cat wishing everyone New Year's good wishes.  Just click here.

We're having a v peaceful New Year so far as I hope you two are too.  Soo quiet & tranquil round here ~ no fireworks, nothing!

All our fondest.  Another video on its way.  Stand by!


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On Wed, 1 Jan 2020 at 15:19;ginette wrote:

Happy Birthday Hazel,  hope you are having a wonderful day!

Also hoping you and Grenville had a merry Christmas, wishing you both a very happy New Year.

With very best wishes,


P.S. This is one of our cats, Matilda, on her new Christmas bed.

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From: Melvin Rainbow
To: Ginette Rainbow
Sent: Thu, 26 Dec 2019 14:37

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Fwd: Mind-blowing day we had in April, 2019!

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From: Grenville Allen <>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2019 at 18:49
Subject: Mind-blowing day we had in April, 2019!
To: Glyn Wakefield 

We were staying with Hazel's sister in Walmley nr Sutton Coldfield as part of our move to Dorset.  And I said that it would be good to try out the Sutton Parade & Lichfield which we did ~ triumphantly. 

Sunny Saturday and I'm already brown so decide to turn up in skimpy shorts & vest.  (H's sister, aghast, afterwards screeches: "He didn't go out like that, did he?!")  Tee-hee!

Anyway, the day went magnificently for us. Just one of those days where everything plays into your hands.  First thing woman & her family stop by, remarking that they've already bought from us in Hempsted Valley, Kent and would like some more.  Then the daughter mentions she's off to uni & I tell her about my days there, my epic poetry etc.  She even asks me to recite some of my work.  Immediately as I tell her about my travels down a wormhole she's open-jawed, goggle-eyed, loving it. Whoosh!  Not only selling pics but reciting my poetry which is going down a storm!

Then loads of sales and even finally - as we're packing away ~ a young woman pops out of a nearby shop where she'd been working and asks if she could buy the long framed racing badgers (with the go-faster stripes) pic: Get Sett Go!  What a brill end to a fabulous day!  

Those nearby stallholders such as Steve Lilly (a fantastically gifted portraitist) and Clem Chucki still keep in touch on Facebook.  Incredibly Steve with his talented photographer wife live right by where I spent the early part of my childhood.  This is the Bert & Gert Sutton Parade market here.

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Monday, 19 August 2019

Fwd: Christmas Shows

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From: Grenville Allen <>
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2019 at 14:56
Subject: Christmas Shows
To: Lindsey Howell 

'Afternoon Lindsey

Firstly many thanks for squeezing us in the library at Canford School on Saturday.  'Squeezing' though was the operative word.  However beautifully put together your event was it was just too cramped for us in that particular spot ~ not helped by the mother and daughter team opposite us enthusiastically showing off the daughter's stationery by frequently blocking the already narrow aisle.

On the Sunday (yesterday) we went to the Mid-Somerset Show where we pitched up in the shopping/craft marquee.  Now, that was a different ballgame altogether: suddenly people could stand back and actually see my wares.  The result was a complete change for the better.  Phew!  We were beginning to lose heart after failing to create any wow factor at Canford.  

Anyway, going by this we're hoping that being in a marquee at Kingston Maurward in the autumn (where we booked an eight foot wide pitch) we can engender the same positive reaction as at the Mid-Somerset Show.  As for the Christmas show back in Canford School it's really highlighted how we need more space to show off my work properly.  Is there any way you could find us somewhere with a wider walkway and a nice wall space where we can position both browsers?

And, finally, last time I looked we were only mentioned online for the Canford Summer Show ~ no mention of Grenville Allen Fine Artist on the Autumn & Christmas Shows.  I trust you'll be looking into that while meanwhile I'll be promoting the shows likewise on social media.  Every bit of PR helps spread the word!

Thanks Lindsey and all the best

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        Spread at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre

Fwd: We're off to Dorset!

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From: Grenville Allen <>
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2019 at 09:45
Subject: Re: We're off to Dorset!
To: Jessica Fermor <>

'Morning Jess and Heidi

Many thanks for thinking of us.  We'll be missing you all too.  The Perry Court Farm do was one of our faves on our agenda.


Elvis & Murphy are selling v well in my Sanctuary pic which everyone down here thinks features Weymouth beach ~ even though I tell them all about Elvis & Murphy with their own Instagram account.  And about how they're so friendly they came to see us off at Perry Court Farm near Ashford/Canterbury.  We've even sold them in Lichfield where the day-trippers grabbed hold of the huge mounted one and the big framed version!  Quite flattering too the way they sold at the New Forest Show with all the New Forest ponies wandering about and the many rival donkey pics dotted around the showground.  What's more they're my screensaver so I see them every day!  And the original is hanging pride of place in our new living room....

Hope the season's going well for you despite the inclement weather.  And do remember us to everyone at Perry Court Farm!

All the best

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On Sun, 11 Aug 2019 at 06:28, Jessica Fermor <> wrote:
Dear Grenville and Hazel,

Just going through Admin for this years fayre and wanted to let you know you are going to be missed! 

Hope Dorset is treating you well! 

Best wishes

Jess and Heidi

On 15 Mar 2019, at 21:44, Grenville Allen <> wrote:

Hello Jess and Heidi

Hope you are all well.

Just a note to let you know we are moving to Dorset so won't be able to join you at the Apple Fayre this year. Will miss seeing you all, especially Elvis and Murphy. 

All the best for the future.

Warmest regards

Grenville & Hazel x

        Grenville Allen

Friday, 3 August 2018

Fwd: New Romney Fayre

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From: Bill Martin
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2018 at 08:12
Subject: New Romney Fayre
To: <>


I was really pleased to meet you today, and thank you for letting me take your picture.
And here it is

Bill Martin

Sent from Mail for Windows 10