Enterprise Shoot Challenge with Peter Jones, Spencer’s etraordinary vision plus more Berkshire news

PUBLISHED: 11:06 29 August 2014

Peter Jones CBE with Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden and former Formula One ace David Coulthard

Peter Jones CBE with Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden and former Formula One ace David Coulthard

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Spencer’s extraordinary vision

From the outside Sandham Memorial Chapel at Burghclere near Newbury appears to be a fairly modest building, with any beauty to be found in the adjoining wildflower meadow and views towards Watership Down.

But inside is an epic series of large murals by Sir Stanley Spencer, inspired by his experiences as both a medical orderly and soldier on the Salonika front during the Great War. He spent some six years on the work to honour the forgotten dead of the First World War. Spencer moved to Burghclere in 1926. His work in the chapel is dominated by a Resurrection scene behind the altar, featuring British soldiers placing white wooden crosses to mark their graves at the feet of a distant Christ.

Now, after a year-long conservation project, the National Trust is opening the chapel to the public once again from 5 August. A community-inspired garden by award-winning designer Daniel Lobb has been created to offer a tranquil and reflective space. A competition to design some of the planting was won by Alice Wrightson, a student from nearby Sparsholt College. The transformation of the garden has been aided by local communities and charities including Tedworth House, a local rehabilitation centre for injured and sick service personnel funded by Help for Heroes. Entrance is by pre-booked ticket only as the chapel can hold just 25 people at a time. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sandham-memorial-chapel.

At the other end of the county you can also see work by the artist at Cookham’s Stanley Spencer Gallery. The summer exhibition is ‘Paradise Regained, Spencer in the Aftermath of the First World War’. This looks at the effect of the Great War on him, how he feared it may have caused him to lose his artistic vision, and the planning of work at the Sandham Memorial Chapel. See www.stanleyspencer.org.uk.

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Dingley’s magic works wonders

Berkshire’s Dingley Family and Specialist Early Years Centres are truly magical places so we’re not surprised to learn that Paul Daniels had a wonderful time when he opened the new sensory room at the charity’s Wokingham centre.

He joined in the fun with Adrienne Jacobs, regional chairman of the Lady Taverners, representing the Lord’s Taverners, who are sponsoring the room. Adrienne said: “We are delighted to be associated with Dingley and to have met so many wonderful children. The sensory room is now a key feature within the centre and the children will benefit from it for many years to come. The Lady Taverners are thrilled to have been involved with this project.”

Dingley Family and Specialist Early Years operate in Reading and Newbury as well as Wokingham and provide a place where children – from birth to five years – with additional needs and disabilities can develop skills through play.While the emphasis is on helping each youngster to realise their potential, parents and carers love the opportunity to share experiences and make new friends. Find out more at www.dingley.org.uk.

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Fired up for young dreams

The competition is fiercer than anything seen on Dragon’s Den as business leaders battle it out in the Enterprise Shoot Challenge hosted by Peter Jones CBE at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School.

Guests at this year’s event included fellow Dragons, Theo Paphitis, and Deborah Meaden and former racing driver David Coulthard. The competition was followed by an auction overseen by sports broadcaster Jonny Gould with fantastic prizes, including fine dining at London’s top restaurants, luxury weekend breaks and exclusive VIP tickets to Celebrity Juice.

The result was £155,000 raised for the Peter Jones Foundation, set up in 2005 by to support young people in many different stages and circumstances of their lives, inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Peter said: “It is fantastic that we have raised such a significant amount this year and these funds will go towards supporting and helping young people realise their dreams. Next year is our 10th anniversary and we’re all focused on making this event bigger and better than ever, so thank you to everyone who donated so generously.”

Peter hosts The Enterprise Golf Challenge on Wednesday, 17 September, his annual golf day at the exclusive members-only Bearwood Lakes Golf Club. There will be 20 teams of four on the day plus special guests. Contact events@pjfoundation.org for more details.

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