Caring new charity’s art and music exhibition

Joseph Bulmer

Find out more about the Paul’s Place charity in Georgeham this weekend via the first ever Georgeham Arts Festival

A festival of free music and art is being held in Georgeham this weekend to highlight a new charity that provides much-needed breaks for young adults facing bereavement or terminal illness.

The first ever Georgeham Arts Festival will raise awareness of Paul’s Fund and Paul’s Place, a charity plus bed and breakfast retreat centre opened earlier this year by David and Pippa Morton in memory of their son Paul.

His death of a brain tumour in 2008 aged 19 inspired them to set up the accommodation at the Old Bakery, where 18 to 30-year-olds facing illness themselves or in a member of their family, can enjoy a paid for respite holiday.

On Friday there will be live music at The Kings Arms in the village, with a mix of Bristol-based and local performers, including singer songwriter Erin Matthews.

The Polarities and Rhythms exhibition is a vibrant two day art and photography showcase which opens on Saturday at two venues – the Baptist Chapel in Georgeham plus the Old Bakery, both from 7-11pm.

On Sunday it continues at both from 12 noon to 5pm, with cream teas at The Old Bakery.

It features North Devon artists such as illustrator Miriam Latimer and painter Paul Kenton plus work by Georgeham Arts Group, as well as Paul Morton’s own photography and submissions from fine art, graphics, illustration and film graduates.

A close friend of Paul and co-ordinator of the exhibition, Jo Stockdale, 23, spoke of her motivation and the passion she has for Paul’s Place: “My father died of a brain tumour when I was a teenager, so I really understand the value of ‘time out’ from everyday life to rebuild lost strength.”

David and Pippa said Paul was an unassuming young man, but musical, with a gift for painting and photography plus love of the outdoors.

“We are passionate Paul’s Place is more than just accommodation for a holiday but somewhere special that will be a source of strength, hope and positive memories for all who come, whatever their circumstances,” they said.

To find out more visit The Old Bakery is on the main road through the village, just past Georgeham stores on the left (from the direction of Croyde.

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