First Hanfest gets thumbs up

Pictured, artist Ella Hendy NNL-150706-111228009
Pictured, artist Ella Hendy NNL-150706-111228009

A village festival to celebrate the best of its artists and musicians has been hailed a resounding success by its organisers.

Hanfest was organised by Hanwell residents Chris Brant and Caroline Pidgen, and the event at St Peter’s Church featured an art exhibition during the day on Saturday, followed by a music concert later in the evening. Performances were from Matthew Johnson, Richard Jones, Mark Heller and the 1984Ensemble.

Pictured, Jenson Thorbersen (3) enjoying the countryside inside the church with John Bishop's "The Field" NNL-150706-111252009

Pictured, Jenson Thorbersen (3) enjoying the countryside inside the church with John Bishop's "The Field" NNL-150706-111252009

Mrs Pidgen, who is an oil painter and displayed some of her work at the exhibition on Saturday, said: “It was wonderful as a lot of work has been put in by lots of people, it is a kind reward when everyone is positive about. It was a really eclectic mix and lots of different pieces on show.”

Village resident Sue Portman brought her two Cruft-winning border collies to open the show, and as well as the art and music inside the church, there was some vintage cars on display outside.

Mrs Pigden added: “We have already had many people from the village come up to us both and ask if they can help out for next year. Everyone wants it to be an annual event which is lovely to hear.”

Pictured, event organiser Chris Brant and some of the vintage cars on display outside the church NNL-150706-111542009

Pictured, event organiser Chris Brant and some of the vintage cars on display outside the church NNL-150706-111542009

Pictured, artist Roland Staines NNL-150706-111351009

Pictured, artist Roland Staines NNL-150706-111351009