Forthcoming Events

Just a quick reminder that there is an ‘Outdoor Painting’ event at the Ferry Boat Inn, North Fambridge on Sunday 10th June 2012.

Ferry Boat Inn
Ferry Boat Inn

We will meet for lunch at 1.00 pm and then painting at your leisure to follow.

The Ferry Boat Inn is far from the madding crowd and the Dengie Hundred offers a huge range of relaxing and not-so-relaxing activities. The area is rich in history with the first evidence of a settlement to the north of nearby Maldon at Elms Farm as far back as the Middle Bronze Age 3500 years ago. In 991AD the Battle of Maldon raged between the Danes and the Earl Bryhtnoth’s men who were defending Maldon on the instruction of the Saxon King Ethelred the Unready. Salt-making goes back more than 2000 years ago when the Romans ruled Britain and continues today.

Walking miles past farmland along the sea wall of the River Crouch, one of the most underestimated rivers in England. At high tide, it’s half a mile wide and jingling with the sound of wildlife. Herds of red deer can be spotted just a few yards from the pub itself. If you enjoy messing about in boats, there are hundreds of them, not only in Fambridge itself at one of the two Fambridge Marina sites adjacent to the pub and at Westwick (just a 10 minute walk along country lanes).

Take the B1012 (Lower Burnham Road) out towards Burnham and turn right into Fambridge Road, past the station and then right into The Avenue and then left into Ferry Road. For more detailed directions click on Ferry Boat Inn.

There are also two workshops in June the first on Wednesday 13th June 2012 and the second on Wednesday 27th June 2012, both at the Cedars Hall, Castle Road, Rayleigh.

Finally, do not forget our Golden Anniversary Garden Party on Sunday 8th July commencing at 2.00 pm, to celebrate our 50th Anniversary – please contact Corinne Scott for tickets, which are £3.00 per head for members and their guests.


Workshop in Acrylic Inks

On Wednesday 9th May 2012 the Rayleigh Art Group held a workshop in Acrylic Inks for some 12 members, although only 11 actually participated. P1010482

What an interesting three hour workshop we had. Having been given three colours of the Acrylic Inks to buy, Lemon Yellow, Purple Lake and Rowney Blue and asked to bring a 140lb stretched piece of watercolour paper, we all turned up at 7 p.m. with great expectations.

Pauline Grove was our tutor for the evening and first showed us how to fix our tissue paper to the watercolour paper using a watery PVA glue and then roller over a clean tea towel. A blast with the hairdryer and we were ready for action.

P1010481We watched as Pauline glued, drew, and then painted primroses and then we set to and had a go ourselves. We all worked really hard and didn’t even really have time for a tea break, although we, being truly British, did find a few minutes to fulfil this activity.

At the end of three hours we all had a picture, none of them master pieces but all of us wanting to have another go which was of course the aim of the game, to get interested in another medium.

Our thanks to Pauline Grove for a really good evening.

Report and photos courtesy Cathy Newton