April 2019

Make time for Art at the Clock House


The Clock House, Ripley’s popular Michelin-starred restaurant, will be hosting its inaugural ArtWeek@TheClockHouse in June. Customers will be able to meet, and watch, internationally acclaimed French artist Eric Bourse at work. Bourse, whose award-winning contemporary art is already displayed and on sale in The Clock House, will be setting up his easel in a corner of the bar each lunchtime and engaging with customers, while producing more of his acrylic paintings inspired by the ever changing seasons and his passion for fine wine and food.

Taking place Wednesday to Saturday June 12 to 15, this partnership is the result of local Surrey art gallerist Kit Bentley collaborating with Serina Drake, owner of the restaurant. Kit, a resident of West Clandon and regular at The Clock House, has represented Bourse and his work both in the UK and further afield for some 20 years. Eric Bourse is an artist poet from Northern France, whose intense expressionist painting has been compared to that of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. He has an international following and has exhibited across the globe, including galleries in Cork Street, London, New York, Paris, Rome and Dalian, China. The contrasting palettes of Eric’s bold use of colour and generous layering of acrylic create artworks with vitality, motion and emotion.

“I’ve long been a fan, and indeed private collector, of Eric’s work,” says Serina Drake, “and our customers often comment on the examples on display in the restaurant. The ‘Bordeaux Blancs’ painting is in pride of place in the bar and much admired. So when Kit suggested that Eric spend a week with us, I jumped at the chance. Good food, wine and fine art…what a fabulous combination for our customers to enjoy!”


2019 HIghlights - Cowdray Park Polo Club


Cowdray Park Polo Club opens its 2019 season on 27th April with over 400 thrilling matches taking place before the season ends on 22nd September.

An early highlight is the Trippetts Challenge for the James Wentworth Stanley Cup played as the first fixture of the UK ‘high goal’ season. As the name implies, ‘high goal’ is the highest level of polo and spectators will get their first view of the leading international players in action when the Trippetts Challenge opens on 9th May leading to the Final on 19th May.

The King Power Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, Europe’s leading tournament, opens on 25th June with nine different trophies being presented during four weeks of full-on action. One of the trophies to be played for is the Midhurst Town Cup on Sunday 30th June, when brilliant polo and a family day out are offered to local spectators for a special price. Admission is just £5 per adult, under 12s free, and a selection of entertainments, stalls, food and bars make for a great introduction to the sport. Newcomers to polo can expect a warm welcome and a fun, informal day.

Gold Cup action ramps up through the Argentine Ambassador’s Cup on 7th July, Quarter Finals, including the Hungarian Ambassadors Cup and the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Cup, over the weekend of 13th/14th July, Semi Finals on 17th July and the high octane Final on Sunday 21st July. Finals day is a gala occasion when you can expect to find a fabulous shopping village, carousels, food outlets and bars as well as pre-match entertainment. Picnics and fizz are very much the order of the day! The all-important British Ladies Polo Championship also reaches its conclusion on Saturday 20th July.

The season continues with hard-fought matches over the weekend of 3rd/4th August when three Finals and six subsidiary finals in the Harrison, Holden White and Cowdray Challenge Cups are played. And don’t miss Friday night polo on 7th June and 16th August when you can watch an exciting match at 5.30 pm, access to the Members Bar and food stalls and fantastic live music with Brando and The Tommy Guns respectively,. Admission at the gate for non-members is £5 on the night.

Polo continues every weekend right up to the season’s close so why not take a picnic and enjoy everything that the thrilling sport and the club’s amazing location have to offer? For a complete list of tournaments and further information visit www.cowdraypolo.co.uk.
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