We are sorry to announce the news that Allan Christley died on 15th February 2019 after a short illness. He was 75 years old, and taught Technical Drawing, Woodwork and Metalwork at Abbotsholme from 1981-88. Joan, his wife, who was Tim Moon's Assistant in the Music Department from 1985-88, passed on this news.
After leaving Abbotsholme, Allan taught at Exeter School until his retirement in 2002. His funeral will take place in Brixham on Friday 27th February.
Artist Faith Bebbington is celebrating the success of her most recent installation, ‘The Hart of London’. Faith, who has established a national reputation for her sculptures, creates dynamic figurative sculptures that capture movement and humanise public spaces. She attended Abbotsholme between 1977 and 1982.
‘The Hart of London’ was a reminder to the London public to cut down on plastic waste over the festive period. The illuminated life-size deer sculpture was made from 2,000 plastic bottles and installed in St James’s Church Gardens, just off Piccadilly in London. A £3 ‘tap donation’ triggered the hart’s heart to light up and raised £900 for the St James’s Church Trust, which supports night shelters for the homeless and counselling for asylum-seekers.
The Abbotsholme Arts Society is looking for people to provide administrative and secretarial support to help deliver its next season of world-class concerts. The society was the brainchild of former Abbotsholme director of music, Gordon Clark, and has hosted some of the world’s finest musicians in the fifty years since it was launched.
The society is looking to put support in place as soon as possible, as the present incumbents are no longer in a position to continue. The types of tasks required include: