Meridian Rotary Arts Festival

Meridian Rotary Arts Festival

Press Release


Meridian Rotary Arts Festival 29th September to 2nd July


As part of St. Swithun’s, East Grinstead Festival of Arts, East Grinstead Meridian Rotary invited students from Imberhorne & Sackville schools to exhibit their artistic talents. The exhibition, in the church, included fine art, photography, 3D ceramics and textiles. The Festival of Arts will also include floral displays, music and choral entertainment. On Tuesday 2nd July there was an award ceremony at 5.30pm when the Town Mayor announced the winners in each category, as voted for by the visitors to the Festival. Sackville School choir gave a performance prior to the ceremony.

In addition, voters choose their favourite from four winning dinner plates in the Create a Plate competition, created by children from Estcots, Halsford Park, St. Mary’s & Lingfield Primary schools, based on the theme ‘My Favourite Book Character’.

The winner of the Create a Plate competition was Charlotte Campion from Lingfield Primary School.

The overall winner of the Arts Society East Grinstead Award was Ellie Sargant from Imberhorne School for her painting on a bearded man and was included in the Drawing and Painting Section. Ellie’s statement on why she painted this was “This painting is based on a photo taken of a stranger in Horsham. I became particularly fascinated by this old man as I had been successful in capturing this man in his surroundings. I feel some people stand out from the business of towns and cities, and this man was one of them. I chose him as a subject as I feel that through his aged face, a story of his life can be seen. I hope to catch his inner peace as well as his loneliness.”

Meridian Rotary festival co-ordinator commented “I am constantly amazed at the quality of artistic abilities of our young people from primary school age to sixth form levels as shown in this exhibition. Rotary is appreciative of St Swithuns Church making the church available for the exhibition.”






Rotary Club of East Grinstead Meridian ( is a volunteer organisation where members use their skills and their time to improve the lives of others while having great fun in the process. There are nearly 1,800 Rotary clubs across Great Britain and Ireland and 50,000 members. Rotary is open to anyone aged 18 and upwards. All that is required is a positive attitude and a sense of adventure. Rotary International was founded in 1905 in Chicago and is now the world’s largest international service organisation with 1.3 million professional men and women as members. There are 33,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas.


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Anthony Beevor


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Photos (all by Anthony Beevor)


8352 Winning Entry for Arts Society East Grinstead Award Ellie Sargant

8406 Town Mayor presenting certificate to Izzy Astley Fine Art category winner for Scakvill School

8411 Town Mayor presenting certificate to Iona Sawle Textiles Winner for Imberhorne School

8416 Four primary school winners awaiting result of overall winner, Create a Plate.

8420 Charlotte campion, overall winner of Create a Plate competition.

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