Paintings, photographs, poetry and music were enjoyed over the weekend, when the third New Malden Arts Festival came to town.

More than 100 visitors streamed through the doors of Christ Church in New Malden for the festival, which ran from Friday, May 6, to Sunday, May 8.

Visitors listened to music and poetry recitals and looked at the painting and photography exhibitions, which were based on a four season’s theme.

Organiser Helen Hancock said: “It was great, we had a lot of people coming in throughout the weekend and it was a real success.

“We decided to do it to make the arts accessible to everyone in the community and to make the church accessible to people who wouldn’t necessarily come in but want to enjoy its beauty.”

More than 15 artists contributed to the weekend’s events, including photographs by Hugh Griffiths, vice-chairman of the Malden Camera Club, and paintings by Doreen Seward.

Poet David Loffman was the star of the show on Sunday as he read some of his own work as well as those of Keats, Hardy and Dylan Thomas.

The poems were interspersed with music from flautist Patrick Gardner and pianist Simon Hancock.

The festival, which raised nearly £1,000 for Christian Aid, has grown in the past three years and is now looking for another art to add for next year’s event.

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