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Charity art evokes golden age of seaside post cards

Local cartoonist Nathan Ariss has designed a set of new cartoons to help promote services offered at Herne Bay Age UK's centre in Beltinge
Local cartoonist Nathan Ariss has designed a set of new cartoons to help promote services offered at Herne Bay Age UK’s centre in Beltinge

From bathing services and computer lessons to elderly care and dementia patients, staff at Herne Bay Age UK certainly have plenty of work on their plate. But now they’ve found a playful new way of letting people know about all the things they offer, after asking a local cartoonist to create some comical postcards. Nathan Ariss moved to Central Parade in Herne Bay two years ago, and now spends his time between the town and a project in Hove. He was approached by Age UK trustee Ron Woodward at last year’s Duchamp arts festival, and shown around the facilities at the charity’s centre in Beltinge. He said:c

“I was shown round by Ron, with us talking all the way. I took in the place and the people and the services, the drop-in cafe, day-care facility and upstairs rooms and meeting room. It was an interesting brief to me, not least because of the refreshing idea to use cartoons in the first place. I thought that perhaps they could be about old age. Hitting the right tone was going to be key. But so often confronting the difficult subjects or situations with a very healthy slice of humour can really, really get the message across.”

bMr Ariss said he enjoyed putting together backgrounds, which included town landmarks such as the pier, the beach and the Clock Tower. He added:

“I hope that the postcards will be popping up here and there. I’m really pleased with how they turned out in the end. I like the way it nicely updates the whole 1950s seaside postcard thing – and maybe Heme Bay a little too. There are a total of 18 cartoons in the final collection, so get collecting!”

Trustee Ron Woodward said:

Artist Nathan Ariss was taken on a tour of Age UK’s Deltinge centre, left, by trustee Ron Woodward, right
Artist Nathan Ariss was taken on a tour of Age UK’s Deltinge centre, left, by trustee Ron Woodward, right

“This all came about after a chance meeting at the Duchamps festival last summer. I think it’s worked out very well as we have a lovely set of cards. Now I’m trying to get them printed and circulate them nationally and for other Age UK centres in the area.”

The centre in Beltinge currently employs more than 100 volunteers. They will be celebrating National Volunteers Week with a special dinner at 3pm on Sunday, June 8. See www.ageuk.org.uk/hernebay or call 01227 749570 for more information.

Herne Bay Gazette, June 5th 2014

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