Anybody Home by Marion Priddy

Members Monthly Update – June 2021

Dear members

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

  • More details on our spectacular 70th Anniversary Exhibition 
  • Val Carter Wildlife Competition 2021 – closing soon
  • Summer Painting Days
  • Exciting plans for our first meet up in September 2021
  • Update on weekly workshops which begin again in the autumn

Spectacular 70th Anniversary Art and Craft Exhibition

Our exhibitions sub-committee have been really busy making plans for what promises to be the most spectacular exhibition the group has held so far.  They have included lots of new ideas, prizes, craft and more.  You can check out the details in the newsletter, and also on our newly updated Exhibitions Webpage

If you have any questions about this please contact our exhibition coordination team at  I’m sure they would love to hear from you!

Last call for entries in the annual Val Carter Wildlife award.  

Our 2021 Val Carter Wildlife competition is open for entriesuntil 30th June so you still have a few days left to submit your entries.  You can see the gallery of entries on our website.

This year’s  wildlife award subject is  BIRDS  the appraisal will be judged by Victoria Manser.  

The guidelines for this competition can be found on our website.

To enter please take a photograph of your picture and send it by email to

Please remember to include:

  • Your name
  • Your memberships number
  • The title of your painting
  • The medium you have used
  • The size of your finished work

Closing date for entries is  Wednesday 30th June.

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 final June painting day takes place on 29th June in Wickham., and details along with dates and details  for July August and September can be seen  our website through your EXCLUSIVE MEMBERS PAGE.  Details were also sent to you earlier this month by email. 

September meetings

As things gradually return to normal it’s time for us to set up our regular evening meetings and demonstrations again.  We will always adhere to the government’s guidelines to ensure the safety of our members,  but we are hopeful that we can begin meeting up socially in the autumn.

We want our first group meeting back to be a social event and celebration so that members can catch up after having been apart for such a long time. We are starting to make plans for the session which will include refreshments, a competition, presentation of certificates and trophies from our lockdown competitions, and much, much more.  The event will be free and open to all members and i’ll share more details with you in our July newsletter.

Weekly Tuesday painting classes

Restrictions permitting we are intending to start up the weekly Tuesday afternoon painting sessions again towards the end of September.  We are currently making enquiries to book the hall, and getting in touch with our tutor.  I will update you with further details in our next newsletter.

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.