Finchingfield photo competition inspires snappy calendar

HUNDREDS of snap happy voters have decided on the photos they want to appear in a special edition calendar to aid funding for an 18th century building refurbishment.

The Finchingfield Guildhall project team welcomed several hundred people to the Image of Finchingfield Exhibition last weekend and encouraged everyone to have their say on which images best reflect the village.

Visitors and residents selected three favourite images from nearly 50 entries. The top 12 will now form an Images of Finchingfield 2011 calendar to go on sale this September.

Organiser Jeremy Toynbee was delighted with the weekend.

“The number and quality of entries was excellent,” he said.

“Submissions encompassed older scenes from the 1950s and the 1980s, modern village life, and picturesque shots of the village’s landmarks and ducks. The calendar will be rather good.”

Guild members and trustees were invited to a wine reception and preview on the Friday evening (July 30) and the exhibition was open to all on Saturday and Sunday.

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Trustee Jackie Bargman said: “We had a good mix of villagers and visitors who not only voted, but placed orders for the calendar. Many joined the guildhall mailing list and discussed the restoration plans, which we also on display.’

Further information about the project and the Guildhall’s history can be found on the website, as will news of the calendar going on sale,

Mr Toynbee added: “The exhibition would not have been possible without the support of many, but in particular the Finchingfield Village Hall Committee, Dunmow Art Group, who loaned the display boards, and Picture This, Dunmow, who did such a good job producing the displays, deserve our thanks.”

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