Local artist and Chairman of The Wisbech Art Club, Gill Repper, has donated six paintings to Lyncroft Care Home in Wisbech. The paintings will be displayed around the home and in resident’s rooms for them to enjoy. Gill taught at St Audrey’s Convent and The Wisbech Grammar School for forty years, she retired twelve years ago and since then has been able to spend more time on her hobby. She joined The Wisbech Art Club in 2009 and is now proud to be Chairman of the club which allows her and others to mix with talented and friendly art enthusiasts.
“During this terrible pandemic, when our clubs have had to close temporarily, I have found great pleasure in painting at home most days. Since March 2020 I have completed more than thirty paintings” said Gill. “When the weather was fine, a few of us from the club would go outside around the area to paint ‘en plein air’, which has its challenges, with hot sun, strong winds and flying bugs! My two gorgeous grandchildren love to paint with me, but good, large aprons are essential!"
"When normal life resumes, I shall look forward to mixing with my fellow club members again. At my age, meeting regularly with my super family and friends is very important.”
“We are delighted with Gill’s generous donation to our home” said Brenda Durrington, Home Manager at Lyncroft Care Home. “We’ve been busy deciding on the best location to display each painting, a resident who came to live with us this week has already chosen one for her bedroom. Although we are unable welcome local people to our home as we usually would, thoughtful donations like this ensure that we still feel part of our local community”.
Gill’s paintings depict local scenes as well as favourite holiday destinations including Thornham Coal Barn in Thornham, North Norfolk and beach huts at Old Hunstanton. Loch Tummel in Scotland is another favourite location to paint, having stayed in a little croft at the edge of the loch whilst on holiday there with her parents more than sixty years ago. Gill has returned there many times to paint the wonderful scenery.
Lyncroft Care Home is part of the Country Court Group, a family-owned and run business founded in 1983, with the company philosophy “Our family caring for yours”. Lyncroft, which has been covid free throughout the pandemic, provides family-led residential and dementia care for up to 52 people and is rated ‘Good’ by CQC.