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