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Can you 'bear' to help Aquabox? The Wirksworth-based charity is appealing for donations of knitted teddy bears and small knitted blankets ready for its next shipment. The charity, which is run by the Rotary Club of Wirksworth, will send a shipment of 500 boxes to Turkey to help Syrian refugees. Julia Wroe is pictured with a few bears who could do with some companions. Donations can be made at Aquabox's depot at Cromford Hill or visit www.aquabox.org.

Can you 'bear' to help Aquabox? The Wirksworth-based charity is appealing for donations of knitted teddy bears and small knitted blankets ready for its next shipment. The charity, which is run by.

"Refugees in my Studio" by  Fredrick William Elwell, 1940, painted during the bombing of Britain. The good times don't last forever, but Elwell carries on, documenting the difficult periods as well as he did the heady 1920s, when he was painting the interiors of grand country estates & genteel London townhouses. We can all take a lesson. As Winston Churchill said. "When you're going through hell, just keep going."

Refugees in my Studio 1940 by FW Elwell, subject of the Persephone Post this week, a painting full of interest and meaning and overtones – a short story in fact.

Can you 'bear' to help Aquabox? The Wirksworth-based charity is appealing for donations of knitted teddy bears and small knitted blankets ready for its next shipment. The charity, which is run by the Rotary Club of Wirksworth, will send a shipment of 500 boxes to Turkey to help Syrian refugees. Julia Wroe is pictured with a few bears who could do with some companions. Donations can be made at Aquabox's depot at Cromford Hill or visit www.aquabox.org.

Can you 'bear' to help Aquabox? The Wirksworth-based charity is appealing for donations of knitted teddy bears and small knitted blankets ready for its next shipment. The charity, which is run by.

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