Diane Goring donation

Local artist Diane Goring was delighted with the response to her week-long exhibition at the pop-up shop on Fore Street recently. The exhibition of her paintings and sketches was a great success, with many passers-by stopping to have a look and even do a bit of painting while they were there.

Diane says that her work “is ultimately about people, social issues, and injustice.” She raised several hundred pounds from the exhibition, and donated the money to three charities: Friends of Wellington Park, Wellington Hospital League of Friends and Transition Town Wellington. She has been a great supporter of TTW’s community gardening work, especially at Fox’s Field in Tonedale.

Anita Roy, chair of TTW, was happy to accept a cheque for £200 from Diane on behalf of the group. “We’re tremendously touched and grateful to Di and people like her for their support,” she said. “The money is of course very necessary for our group, but more than that it’s the feeling of being connected and nourished by the community as a whole. Creativity, generosity of spirit, compassion and love for the natural world – these qualities shine out in Di’s work, and that’s exactly what our world needs more of right now.”

Last year, Diane’s work featured in the prestigious Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing exhibition in London, so it felt only right that she should hand over the cheque in Trinity Orchard, a beautiful, peaceful former churchyard, that TTW has brought back to live with mown paths through wildflower meadows amongst the apple, cherry and pear trees. “I think Transition Town is absolutely amazing and inspirational,” said Diane Goring. “You’re doing such a great job – just keep on doing it!”

Donation from Diane Goring