We were thrilled on Friday 28th to hear the gentle tones of sculptor Martin Jennings being interviewed on Radio 4 about his work creating the image (effigacy is the offical term) of King Charles on the new 50p piece that will be available in December.
Martin was very generous to the Turrill Garden when we first set up in 2000 by designing a special '2000' to celebrate it its opening and to add the beautifully
inscribed wording round the edge of the paved circle 'Friendship is a sheltering tree'. This simple phrase from Samuel Taylor-Coleridge seemed to sum up so much that the garden means to us all and we were so glad that our generous sponsor, Mrs Joan Critchley, enabled us to have this as a permanent pleasure in the garden.
Martin Jennings is a local sculptor but he has created fine sculpture known nationally. His portrait bust of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother stands in St Paul's Cathedral and his much-loved statue of Sir John Betjamen rushing through St Pancras Station is a vivid reminder of his talent and of the poet's love of that particular station. Do visit his website to find out more about him. https://martinjennings.com/about/
(Photo of the coin by PA Media.)