Community painting to celebrate Bamford history

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Painting on BamfordImage source, Sue Prince
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Sue Prince's painting style, using egg tempera, is taken from the ancient Egyptians

An artist has invited villagers to add to her latest painting which will detail the history of a Derbyshire village.

Artist Sue Prince, from Ashbourne, had been asked by the Bamford Community Arts & Crafts group to create the piece.

Ms Prince's latest painting will include significant events from the village's history, such as the flooding in the Derwent Valley, the building of reservoirs and the Dambusters practice raids.

Image source, Sue Prince
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Ms Prince has made the painting in four different panels

She said her usual style involves outlining the core of her paintings and then encouraging members of the community to get involved by painting in the colours.

Ms Prince said this technique suits her "organic and sustainable" lifestyle on her farm in the Peak District.

The painting also features the village pub The Anglers Rest, which is marking its 150th anniversary this year.

The pub was bought by the Bamford Community Society in 2013, which was formed to save it from closure.

It also doubles up as a daytime cafe with an area to sell arts and crafts, and a post office.

Image source, Sue Prince
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Workshops will be held for residents to help Ms Prince and colour in the painting

"Bamford is an extraordinary, busy and independent village," said Ms Prince.

"They have so many groups and people getting together to do things and it has been lovely hearing people share their stories of Bamford. People have really got interested in it."

Drop-in sessions will be held in March for villagers to colour in the painting.

It will then be permanently displayed in the village hall.

"It will become a part of the soul of the village," added the artist. "They will own it and it will be there for everyone to see."

Image source, Sue Prince
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The artist has previously done work for the Peak District Artisans

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