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6th December 2017 – Carols by Candlelight

at the Church of St Stephen Walbrook, London EC4 8BN
with the Vasari Singers, hosted by Sir Richard Stilgoe

Pew seat £30.00
Bench seat £20.00
To include interval wine and mince pies

Please book early to ensure your seats by emailing to: or call 01306 731284

If you would prefer to book online you can go to our Eventbrite page (please note sales through this site are subject to a small booking fee).


Christmas cards

Festive designs by four women artists serving sentences at HMP Send feature on our 2017 charity Christmas cards. The women attend the MVMF funded Artist in Residence art workshops at the prison. These artists responded creatively to help our charity send a Christmas message that promotes this leading prisoner rehabilitation initiative, which sits within the Watts Gallery Trust Big Issues project, part of the Watts ‘Art for All’ learning programme.

Each pack costs £3.00 and contains 5 cards (140mm square) featuring one design (shrink-wrapped and supplied with envelopes).

For orders of 1-4 packs, please add postage & packing of £3.25.
For orders over 4 packs, please add £3.75 postage & packing.


Choose from (clockwise from top left):

Ha-bee Christmas with the message ‘Season’s Greetings’
The Robin with the message: ‘Joy at Christmas’
The Snowman with the message ‘Peace to you at Christmas’
Christmas Past, Present & Future with the message ‘Joy, Peace & Love’

Please email or call 01306 731284 to place your order.

All profits from the sale of these cards will support this life-changing programme. It has been funded since 2009 by the MVMF to help women offenders at HMP Send discover and develop their artistic talents. Thank you for believing in them this Christmas.

‘Our Time’ Calendar 2018

Artwork by women artists at HM Prison Send


£7.00 a copy + £2.00 p&p

Please email or call 01306 731284 to place your order.

The artworks featured in this Calendar were created for the ‘Our Time’ exhibition, organised and curated by a group of women artists within HMP Send in June 2017.

These artists all take part in weekly art workshops within the prison, delivered by Watts Gallery Trust as part of its Big Issues outreach programme and funded by the Michael Varah Memorial Fund (MVMF).

Profits from sales of the ‘Our Time’ Calendar will all go back into the programme. This social enterprise model is giving the women artists transferable skills that might lead them into training or employment on release.


Buy Art Postcards by Prisoners

12 original Art Postcards painted by serving prisoners at HMP Send in a programme delivered by Watts Gallery Trust and funded by the Michael Varah Memorial Fund.

The artwork was created by 10 women artists for ‘Our Time’ – the first in-prison exhibition curated and organised by these ‘Send Artists in Residence 2017’, and supported by the MVMF.

Beacon of LightBluebell WoodsCalla Lilly

Candy RowDavidHappy Days

Her Majesty's Pleasure Jack in a BoxLion King

Mixed EmotionsParrot TulipsThe Knowledge

Buy 1 pack of 12 cards for £5.00
Includes 1 of each design or specify your own choice of 12

2 packs for £7.50
Again you may specify your own choice of 24 cards

Please add £1.50 for post and packing

To place your order and make payment, please email: or call 01306 731284 stating your:
• choice of postcard designs (see images)
• name, address and telephone number

We will then contact you to arrange payment.



10th Hike for Mike

Thanks to all who came to our annual Hike for Mike on Sunday 2nd April to remember Michael and all that our charity has tried to achieve in his memory over the past 10 years.

It was wonderful to welcome a mix of friends old and new, and family – the youngest to join us was just 3 weeks old, the oldest 91!

The children’s group enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt as they raced to the top of Holmbury Hill, where they met up with the adult walkers who had hiked 3.5 miles of the Hurtwood.

Then it was back to the Village Hall for a ploughman’s lunch and games.

In all we raised an amazing £1,500, more than ever before. We are immensely grateful to all our supporters and to those who couldn't make it but sent donations.