A Nantwich care home resident has been delighted by the inclusion of her late husband’s artwork in a recent exhibition at the Nantwich Museum. Barbara Jones, who lives at Elm House, the CLS-run care home in Nantwich, was contacted by the museum when they found out that a number of paintings they were due to display included a series of watercolours painted by her husband, Haydn.
Barbara, along with carers from Elm House, visited the exhibition at Nantwich Museum to see some of her husband’s most beautiful work on display for the public to enjoy. Following the closure of the exhibition at the end of October, museum curators are now considering hosting a permanent exhibition of Haydn’s best Nantwich paintings and sketches.
John Haydn Jones established his reputation as a prominent Cheshire artist with his paintings of the Nantwich area. He was fond of painting the historic buildings in the local area, and often said that the streets of Nantwich were his studio.
Haydn began developing his artistic talents at a young age, and was at one time a pupil at Chesterfield Art College. At 17 he joined the Royal Air Force, and served in India as a flight mechanic during the Second World War. At the end of his war service, Haydn returned home to North Wales and started working for the Post Office.
Haydn met Barbara in 1946 and, after a long courtship, they married in 1954. After moving to Crewe, they started a family. The couple had two sons, Austen and Graham, and remained happily married until Haydn passed away in 1997.
Speaking of the exhibition, Barbara said: “I’m just immensely proud of Haydn. I was so pleased to see how nicely his work was being displayed at the museum, and it was wonderful watching other people enjoying his paintings.”
Steve Maddock, Home Manager at Elm House, commented: “Haydn’s paintings had been on display for a few weeks when word got to the museum that Barbara was living in the area. Thankfully they found out when they did. It was so nice for Barbara to be able to go and see her husband’s work on display, with people coming from the local area just to see them.”
He commented further: “We always encourage our residents to get out and about, particularly when things are happening in the local area. It’s even better if these trips have a personal connection like in Barbara’s case.”