​Hellow Members

December has arrived and we hope that you are keeping warm and busy being creative. Please note there will not be a Demonstration night in December.

The next date for your diary is the practical evening in January, on the 10th . This is your chance to try out art materials and techniques that are not familiar to you. All materials will be provided by the club. Also, on this night, you are invited to take part in a competition to design a book cover for the Castle Writers group. Full details are attached to this newsletter. This competition is open with immediate effect for all members to take part, even if you cannot come to the evening session.

Please don’t forget that we have been invited to submit work for a special exhibition at St Andrews church, Middleton, at Easter next year. You can still go along at any time to draw or paint the venue. The team there are very hospitable.

Practical Sessions

The Wednesday session at 7pm in the Mill suite on 19 December will go ahead. The theme is “bottles”. The Fourth Friday group will not meet in December.

Dates for your diary

Wednesday evening Practical, 16 January. Friday afternoon Practical, 25 January.

AGM 14 February

Dave Jeffery Workshop Acrylics and mixed media, 6 April (bookings being taken now).

Whistler Display unveiling

This is your last chance to indicate your attendance on Saturday 8 December at 2.30 pm, to be there for the presentation to the Memorial Hall. The mince pie order is going in on 1 December.


Your committee is in need of your help, even in a small way with practicalities, putting out and putting away tables and chairs, making tea, putting up posters, etc. If you have a little spare time it could go a long way for us. Please think about what you can offer your club. If you have a little more time, might you consider committee work?

Please get in touch with Lesley or any member of the Committee to discuss what is involved. Your club needs you .


The committee wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. We are looking forward to seeing members old and new in the New Year.

Best wishes,

VOPAC Committee

November Newsletter                                               
Hello members,
Workshop  on Sunday 4th November, by Andrew Farmer.
There are now two places available on this workshop. Andrew is also offering to take this workshop in Acrylics as well as oils, so you can choose the medium with which you are most comfortable. Time is running out so please get in touch quickly. Additionally, the Club has some materials, and easels that can be borrowed, if you are short of the listed items required. Please contact Lesley if you need anything.

Demonstration night Thursday 8th November 7pm by Sue Slack  ( Whistler Hall)
This is a change from the advertised demonstrator and Sue has kindly stepped in at the eleventh hour.  On this night she will be running a mini workshop in printing making, demonstrating and assisting. There should be various things to try out and get involved with. You can also come and watch.  All materials will be provided. Get creative.  Come and have a go!
We will continue with our “New to You” table at this demonstration night, so if you have any unwanted art materials bring them along. Please label with your name and price (please take home what doesn’t sell).
Please note there will not be a Demonstration night in December. The next date for your diary is the practical evening in January on the 10th.  There may be an anthology cover completion on offer, more on this topic next month.
Practical Sessions
We would also be pleased to see you at the practical drawing evening on Wednesday 21 November at 7pm in the Mill suite. The still life this month will be “shiny and reflections”.  There will be another evening on 19 December (for your diary), topic to be advised later.
The fourth Friday group continues on the Friday 23 November at 2.00pm in the Beckett room of the Memorial Hall.  The theme for November is “Xmas”.  Alternatively, you can do something of your own choosing.  Join us for a sociable afternoon.  The fourth Friday group will not meet in December
Lost Property
A cigar box of pencils and a sketch book were left at Middleton Church on the open painting day. Please get in touch if they belong to you. Outdoor painting days 2019 
Ideas and suggestions always welcome. Please get in touch with a committee member, or email Lesley.
If you have any questions or comments about the activities of the club, please feel free to contact your committee

Best wishes,  

VOPAC Committee

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January Newsletter Number 1/2019

Hello members,

Lots of artistic opportunities lined up for you this year. These include: a new programme of Outdoor Painting Days; demos covering many types of media; our spring and autumn workshops and a coach trip to the Hepworth at Wakefield, in early July. Plus, there is, of course, the annual exhibition in September.

Firstly, the Practical evening is on January 10th, at 7pm in the Whistler Hall. You can bring your own materials or use the clubs' stock to experiment with, perhaps, a medium that is new to you. Following on from the success of the November demo night, some printing materials will also be available. Don’t forget the Anthology Cover competition for Castle Writers Group; closing date 16 th January.

The AGM is on 14th February in the Whistler Hall at 7.00pm.

Please come along to support your committee. New committee members and club helpers are needed and are always made welcome. We'd love to have some new ideas about running your club.

Following the AGM, we have a return visit from Jennifer Tetlow, (Lastingham stone sculptor) Jennifer will give us a presentation on the process of sculpting. For those of you who missed her last time, Jennifer is a very entertaining and engaging speaker and creates the most wonderful sculptures in her 'Goose shed' in Lastingham.

Check out her work at http://jennifertetlow.co.uk/sculpture.

Please don’t forget the Easter exhibition of work from the Middleton church painting day. You can still go along to St Andrews at any time if you wish to take part.

Practical Sessions

The Wednesday session will be held at 7pm in the Mill suite on 16 January. The theme is “drawing people and each other”. This is an informal group which meets to draw and paint with like minded members. There is a small charge of £3 which includes refreshments. Any member is welcome to come along.

The Fourth Friday group will meet on 24 January at 2pm in the Beckett Room. The theme is “winter”. This is also an informal afternoon group which is run on the same lines as the evening session. Please come along and join in. Dates for your diary

The Spring workshop is Dave Jeffery “Acrylics and mixed media”, on 6 April (bookings being taken now).

Lastly For those who offered to pass these newsletters on to fellow members without email, please remember to do so. If any further information is needed, please reply to this newsletter or contact Lesley 01751 477109.

The committee wishes you a very Happy New year.

VOPAC Committee