Interests and Links


As well as her work as an artist, Anne Ward is trained in web and graphic design, and has run Newmarket-based design company Blue Violet since 2004. Her clients in this field range from local sole traders through to larger companies, including David Simcock Racing Ltd, the Ascott Estate, Southcourt Stud and BBA Shipping & Transport Ltd.

Blue Violet web and graphic design logo

Blue Violet’s services include photography, as well as logo design, stationery and brochure layout, desk calendar design, proofreading and copywriting.

Websites are built to current web standards — all new sites are ‘responsive’ and deliver customised content to the device used to access the site.

Blue Violet web and graphic design portfolio samples


I visited Rhenen’s Zoo (in The Netherlands) and was so impressed with everything — the standard of care for the animals, the layout and attention to detail in terms of retaining the interest of visitors of all ages, and quite simply the beauty of the place.

If you ever get the chance to visit, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. The rescued bears, naturalised as far as possible in a very carefully thought-out environment, are a highlight of any visit, but there are many other animals to see, and it is clear that the staff are dedicated to their welfare (and in some cases this is a long process, as they have taken responsibility for previously abused animals).

Here are a few pictures from my visit, including a magnificent brown bear called Mackenzie.

Anne Ward Berenbos and Rhenen Zoo images


Animals Asia, Compassion in World Farming and Alertis all carry out tremendous work in the field of animal welfare.

Compassion in World Farming pig image


Imar Spaanjaars — web programmer and author

De Vier Koeden — web development experts

The Chameleons — Manchester’s finest

The Undertones — Derry’s finest

Margot Smith — much missed musician

The Church — musicians

Marty Willson-Piper — musician

Soho Dolls — super cool musicians

Rudi — music legends

Shame Academy — continuing Rudi’s legend…

Say Lou Lou — twin musicians

Nick Cave — musician and much more

Placebo — musicians and style icons

Ben Kross — musician and composer

The Stone Roses — music legends

Sir Mark Prescott, Bt — racehorse trainer

Philip Hobbs — racehorse trainer

David Simcock — racehorse trainer

Kim Bailey — racehorse trainer

Neil King — racehorse trainer

Newmarket Racehorse Trainers — includes an up-to-date list of trainers

Retraining of Racehorses — new careers for retired racehorses

Prior Attire — creators of beautiful costumes

The Moon Up Above — beautiful, animal-themed jewellery

Dick White Referrals — specialist vets

Animal Health Trust — veterinary research and practice

Anne Ward links images
Blue Violet