Caroline Scattergood is known for co-founding the Caring & Sharing Trust and for her previous career singing and dancing on West End stages – writes Lena Davis – but who knew she could produce wonderful photos just by using her mobile phone?
Well, the Mayor of Northampton, Cllr Tony Ansell and the Minister for the Arts, Michael Ellis MP did!
When they welcomed us all to the exhibition of Caroline’s photos at the Trust’s base in Cogenhoe every print showed the beauty of the Cogenhoe surroundings – such as the flowers, animals and insects which we sometimes take for granted – or don’t even notice.
The morning began with the Mayor of Northampton leading a tour of the photos on display and proceeded, as often happens at Cotton’s Farmhouse, with a good old singsong lead by the Cotton’s Farmhouse Singers together with Caroline, Danny Brown and Michael Ellis MP.
They were joined by an enthusiastic audience including both the Leader and the Chairman of Northants County Council, Cllr Matt Golby and Cllr Stephen Osborne; the Chairman of Daventry District Council, Cllr Cecile Irving-Swift; the Chairman of South Northants Council, Cllr Richard Dallyn plus lots of the Trust’s Patrons including Cllr Michael Clarke, Cllr Jamie Lane and Milton Keynes’s Steve Coventry.
Supporters from Businesses included Tesco, Nationwide, Seatons Solicitors and the Weston Favell Shopping Centre. Of course, the village of Cogenhoe was well represented with friends – and there was even another ex-Tiller Girl, Sandra Hinton, to join Caroline in the line-up once again.
The people with learning disabilities who sing in the choir and attend the Trust’s Day Centre were also supported by their families and friends.
A great morning was rounded off with refreshments and a look round the Trust’s Craft Fair.