Hi all as you are probably aware I not only organise the Gloucester Stonemasons Festival but run my own business Cat's Eye Carving as well. With this in mind I will be organising the next festival in Gloucester in 2018. Please get in touch if you would like to be involved in any way as a participant, a volunteer a sponsor or even a stall holder.. I hope to have more stands as well as food and drink available. The Priory have just been awarded a sizable heritage lottery grant as well so they should have some of their plans underway by then. I look forward to seeing or hearing from you. Thanks, Carrie Horwood.
Everyone was busy working hard to complete their carvings in time for the auction. Here are some photos of Sunday morning.
Thank you to everyone for supporting my festival by buying a raffle ticket or two. The winner was Russell Blakey from Birmingham, I am looking forward to posting photos of his Elephant in pride of place in a few weeks.
Amazing first day, everyone has worked so hard and here are a few photos,
The nearest postcode for the site is GL2 5JH, this actually takes you to the industrial site opposite. GL2 5JQ will take you to the pay and display car park at Gloucestershire College. If you follow the directions for Gloucester Quays it will bring you to the right side of Gloucester for the festival and there is plenty of parking at various car parks around Gloucester. The Llanthony Secunda Priory is situated about 5 minutes walk from the docks where The Tall Ships festival is taking place and it is right next to the blue and grey building of Gloucestershire college, there is the Red Sula Light ship moored up on the canal next to the sight which is visible from the docks and St Anne's bridge. Please be aware that if you look at Google maps the roads are not up to date. I am pleased to say that all the roads and bridges are now built and the area is not a building site!
The Gloucester Stone carving Festival takes place on the 23rd and 24th May at The Llanthony Secunda Priory,a 12th century Augustinian Priory. My event is open to the public between 10am and 6pm and is free to enter. It is located on the canal in Gloucester sandwiched between Gloucester College and The High Orchard pub opposite bikini bathrooms. If you're driving along Llanthony road on the way to Hempsted or the rubbish tip you will drive past it unless you are on the lookout! Set back off the road behind green railings there is a green area peppered with what once would have been magnificent medieval structures, you can walk through here to get to the canal tow path or indeed the bright red Sula Light ship moored up on the water. You can see this interesting range of buildings if you look back toward the docks from St Ann's Bridge as you cross over going past Sainsbury's toward to Peel centre. I set up the festival to enlighten people to this magical craft, bringing together stonemasons and carvers with the aim of raising money! This year I have 20+ stonemasons from around the country with varying levels of expertise, they are given a block of stone generously donated by Veizeys Quarry in Tetbury and less than 20hrs to carve an animal themed sculpture. I provide them with a marquee and scaffolding benches, keep them fed and watered throughout the weekend and they carve in such a way that enables them to finish in time for the auction, which takes place at 3pm on Sunday 24th May. I have carved a beautiful elephant which is the raffle prize and the draw will take place after the auction, tickets are just £2 each. As well as the stonemasons there are pop-up shops and activities, including The Llanthony Priory Trust, The Gloucester Geology trust, The Newport Ship Trust, Have a go at Stonecarving, Cotswold Archaeology, Gloucester City Council and 6 pop-up shops! Please scroll down to see points of interest about varying details of the festival, there are many photos and post from the 2013 festival if you would like to see what type of carvings you may see at this years event.
The Auction takes place at The Llanthony Secunda Priory at 3pm on Sunday 24th May. It is presided over by the wonderful Mark Stafford Lovatt from Nock Deighton Auction house. I first met him back in 2011 at the Ludlow Stone Carving Festival and knew he was the man for my festival! He has kindly donated his time as he did back in 2013 when we managed to make just over £2500 for the two beneficiaries. The Gloucester Geology trust and The Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust. This year the profit is being donated to The Llanthony Secunda Priory trust. Please visit http://www.llanthonysecunda.org/ for more information about this beautiful site and their plans for the future. If you would like to bid on any of the carvings we will be able to accept cash and credit card payments, you don't need to register to take part in the auction. (there are plenty of cash machines within walking distance of the site) You will be welcome to leave bids if you are unable to attend the auction and there will be someone to help you at the festival if you wish to do this. Bidding will start at £50 and some carvings will go for between £50-£500 approximately. If you have any questions regarding this part of the festival please get in touch via the contact us page. Hop to see you there and good luck