Cams Mill

Members Monthly Update – July 2021

Dear members

I hope you are keeping well.  More exciting news in this edition of the newsletter including:

  • Your chance to have your image on the Mayor of Farehams 2021 Christmas card
  • Getting back together again – our AGM date is set for 9th September
  • Helping you get ready for our spectacular 70th Anniversary Exhibition 
  • The 2021 Val Carter Wildlife Competition results
  • Summer Painting Day venues and dates for August
  • Urgent plea to help the Committee

Opportunity to have your Image on the Mayor of Fareham’s 2021 Christmas card – deadline 30 September 2021

I’m delighted to let you know that the Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Pam Bryant, has approached me to ask if our members would like to provide the painting for her annual Christmas Card.

Councillor Bryant has looked at the artwork on our website and has been particularly taken by the snowy scenes in our last year’s Jack Smith competition. For her Christmas card, She would like a winter scene depicting buildings in locations around central Fareham.  For example the Parish Church or other familiar landmark. You might want to incorporate Christmas into your scene or snow – it’s up to you.  

If you would like to take part in this mini competition for a chance to have your artwork as the image  on the Mayor of Fareham’s 2021 annual Christmas card please submit a clear image of your painting to  

The Mayor will choose her favourite painting from the competition entries and have it printed on her Christmas card.  Fareham Art Group and winning the artist will be credited on the cards.

The deadline for your submission is 30 September 2021.  I look forward to receiving your entries.

Getting Back together – AGM date for your diary – Thursday 9 September 2021 

Our Annual General Meeting will take place at the Trinity Church Hall on Thursday 9th September from 7pm.

We want to celebrate our return by offering refreshments and the opportunity to meet up safely.   It will be our first chance to get together at the hall since the beginning of the pandemic and we will be following the government’s guidelines to keep you safe

At the meeting we will be:

  • Asking your views about returning to weekly classes (with a potential start date of mid-September if you agree)
  • Voting in the new committee – AGM papers to follow in August
  • Holding our annual Jenny Jennings and Diamond Trophy competition  The subject of this year’s competition is Emotion.  Your entry can be in any medium.  Competition guidelines are available on our website.  Please bring your painting along to the AGM.  The winning entry will be chosen by public vote on the evening.
  • Sharing the latest news about our October Exhibition
  • Presenting the certificates from our lockdown competitions, and awarding the trophies to the current winners.
  • This will be our first opportunity to share our planned programme for the year, including the return of our extended Saturday workshops!

The committee are still struggling without a clerk, and will need a volunteer to take some notes at our AGM.  If you are able to help please get in touch, even if you can only help on this one occasion,  

I will share more details toward the end of August, but for now please note your diaries for 9th September.

Getting ready for our Spectacular 70th Anniversary Art and Craft Exhibition

We will be sharing the latest news about our exhibition at the AGM on 9th September.    The Exhibition Committee is also arranging a framing session to help you to get your paintings ready to exhibit.  We have provisionally booked 30 September for this session and will let you know more in next month’s newsletter,  We also have an Exhibitions Webpage on our website which we will keep updated with the latest news,
Meanwhile, if you have any questions about this please contact our exhibition coordination team at  I’m sure they would love to hear from you!

Winners of the 2021 Val Carter Wildlife award

Entries for vour 2021 Val Carter wildlife competition closed on 30th June.  The appraisal this year was carried out by local artist Victoria Manser who, you may recall, gave us an excellent demonstration of a tigers eye in coloured pencil earlier this year

This year’s  wildlife award subject was  BIRDS  and you can see the winning entries in the gallery on our website.  The appraisal is also available in our exclusive members pages

Summer Painting Days

I hope you have been enjoying our summer painting days.  We’d love to see your paintings and photographs from the day.  If you’d like to share these I will create a Summer 2021 Painting Day webpage.  Please email your pictures to

The summer painting days for August  are as follows:

Tues 3 August 2021Second Chance Charity, Fontley PO15 6QS
Tues 10 August 2021Titchfield Abbey, PO15 5RA
Tues 17 August 2021Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley SO31 5GA
Tues 24 August 2021The Ship, Langstone Road, Langstone, PO9 1RD
Tues 31 August 2021Portsdown Hill, PO6 3LS

Can you spare a couple of hours each month to help the Committee

I was shocked to read an article in one of the well known art magazine about how a number of art groups had failed during the pandemic.  It’s remarkable that we have thrived, and adapted and I’m proud to say that this is as a result of a very small committee working extremely hard to keep things going for the group.

For us it has meant building a website, moving our activities online, and yet we have still managed to run a group event, keep costs down and keep our members engaged.

However, the committee really are struggling to cope without a clerk.  Most of the committee are working, as well as running your club.  Personally, i’m working full time, running a bank of volunteers for the vaccination programme, upkeeping the website and social media,  and I’m now having to undertake clerking duties as well as stepping up as acting Chairman.  For me, the workload is not sustainable,

So I hope, as this is my third appeal, that someone will now step forward and volunteer to give just a couple of hours a month to clerk for the committee. The committee will continue to meet online using Google meets on a monthly basis (except during July/August when we take a summer break).  Meetings usually last around 90 minutes.  Our clerk does not need to be an expert in minute writing or technology,    We keep simple online records,  meet online and use email.  That might sound complicated but it really isn’t and there are plenty of people on hand who can help you if you aren’t already familiar with Google documents.

If you think you could spare a couple of hours each month to support your art group we’d love to hear from you.  You’ll need to be comfortable in online meetings and happy to record some simple notes using microsoft word or google docs.  

From time to time we might also need you to post out some papers to members – but all stationery and postage costs are covered by the group.  

If you think you can help please email

That’s all the news for now.  As always, we will continue to follow the Government’s guidelines to keep everyone safe, in the meantime, do take care and hope to see you at our summer painting days and AGM!