Rockfield House in Nunney has not had many occupants over its 200-year life. Thought to have been built and first occupied by Thomas Pinch of Bath, and briefly the Rectory, it was home to the notable Pre-Raphaelite artist and Sculptor Robert Bateman in the first decades of the twentieth century. Since 1960 it’s been the home of the Pomeroy family, first Major and Mrs Robert Pomeroy, and more recently Henry and Caroline Pomeroy and their children.
Now it’s also home to two local charities making a big impact on poverty and the environment in Africa and beyond. CHASE Africa (www.chaseafrica.org.uk) provides healthcare, family planning and tree planting in rural Kenya and Uganda. Climate Stewards (www.climatestewards.org) supports community forestry and cook-stove projects in Ghana, Kenya and Mexico, funded though offsetting carbon emissions from flights and other activities.
From Friday 14 October to Sunday 23 October, the Pomeroys will be hosting an exhibition and sale of rugs, textiles, furniture, jewellery and artefacts made by nomadic peoples of Central and Western Asia, from Turkey to India. With prices to suit every pocket, this is a wonderful opportunity to pick up some unique Christmas presents while helping two worthy causes.
This unique collection of ethically traded goods has been assembled by Edinburgh-based Nomads Tent, which puts on touring shows around the UK throughout the year. From the ornate design of oriental carpets and the bold geometry of tribal rugs to the rustic charm of roughly carved Indian bowls and moderately priced Iranian ceramics and curios, this promises to be a colourful and entertaining experience.
The exhibition will be open daily from 10am to 5pm, with coffee, tea, cakes and light lunches available for a small charge.
In addition, there will be two evening receptions (Friday 14 and Friday 21 October, 6–8pm) where you can hear short stories of hope and transformation from CHASE Africa and Climate Stewards, while sipping a glass of bubbly and viewing the exhibition of items for sale.
And for a special treat, why not join us for a glass of wine and a wonderful Majorcan paella supper cooked by Whatley-based Pippa Witt. 7.30pm on Wednesday 19 October (£10 per head, advance booking essential on 01373 836 012 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Why not visit the show as part of an autumn day out? Rockfield House (postcode BA11 4NP) is situated in the charming village of Nunney with its moated castle and ancient church. Three miles away is the vibrant market town of Frome, recently voted sixth coolest place to live in the UK, while Bruton – home of Hauser & Wirth’s Somerset gallery – is just seven miles to the south.
Contacts: Caroline & Henry Pomeroy, Rockfield House, Horn Street, Nunney, FROME BA11 4NP.