Francis Iles


Excellence in Art since 1961



Horatio’s Garden

We are delighted to be running our Art on a Postcard event again this year. The 25 postcards that have been donated by our amazing artists will be on sale on the evening of the 22nd November from 6pm . . . though as ever there is expected to be a queue of eager people forming before this, ready to grab the favourites on thier wish list that they have made after careful perusal of our Postcard Sales page.

And there will also be the Auction which will conclude the following week on Wednesday 28th November at 5pm. This year we can only accept email bids or bids made in person, but as in previous years, you can give us a maximum bid that we will use in increments of 5 when you get outbid.

We like to have a personal connection to the charities we raise funds for, and this year we are supporting Horatio’s Garden who create therapeutic gardens in spinal injury units. Anthony Flemming, one of our artists, was sent to Stoke Manderville for rehabilitation after suffering paralysis following a spinal operation that went wrong. Anthony and his wife Heather Hilder have donated plants from Rowland and Edith Hilder’s collection to form part of the garden at Stoke Manderville, having appreciated first-hand the benefit of garden therapy and how it helps a patient’s recovery.

You can learn more about the charity here but it was named after Horatio Chapple who was a volunteer at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury during his school holidays. Horatio and his father David Cappel who is a spinal surgeon at Salisbury Hospital, came up with the idea of a garden and Horatio drew up a questionnaire to find out what the patients wanted. Tragically, before the garden could come to fruition, Horatio was killed at the age of 17 by a polar bear. There followed an outpouring of love and good will, and donations flooded in for the garden to be created in his memory. Now, as well as the gardens already created at Salisbury, the Scottish National Spinal Injury Unit and Stoke Manderville, there are plans for new gardens to be created in London at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital, as well as the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries.

Thank you as ever, for helping us to raise funds for this wonderful small charity - we couldn’t do it without you, or our generous artists. Please let all your friends and family know about this great fundraising event.


As well as the Art on a Postcard event, we have also sponsored the printing of a calendar, filled with sumptuous photos of Kent taken by the Instagram community @IGersKent.

In her spare time, Lucy runs the Instagram page @IGersKent which features a photograph from around Kent every day. A calendar competition was run during 2017/18 and a winning photograph was selected from the most liked images each month.

The Kent Charity Calendar features the twelve monthly winners, and thanks to Francis Iles sponsoring the printing, the 10 cost of the Calendar will be split between Kent Wildlife Trust and Horatio’s Garden, and copies are available in our Christmas Room upstairs in the Gallery.

If you are interested in raising funds for a charity, community hub or group, please ask Lucy about getting a box of Calendars which you will be able to sell for your chosen cause. We will just ask you for your donation to Kent Wildlife Trust in January.

Thank you to the @IGersKent community for sharing their photographs, and thank you to the winning photographers for allowing us to use their images. The kent Instagram community of 3,000+ is just one of the regional groups of Instagramers that cover the globe. If you would like to join the community, plekkase follow @IGersKent on Instagram and tag your Kent photographs #igerskent.


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