Rayleigh Art Group Exhibition

The 2015 Rayleigh Art Group Exhibition will be held in the W.I. Hall, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh


Friday April 10th April 2015 – Bring exhibition paintings for hanging between 7.00 and 8.00 pm

If you are interested in Exhibiting a painting please contact Vicky Coppard, the Exhibition Secretary

Exhibition times are as follows: –

Saturday 11th April 2015 – 10.00 am – 4.30 pm

Sunday 12th April 2015 – 10.00 am – 4.30 pm

Entry Forms are available from Vicky Coppard or by going to the ‘Exhibition’ Page on this web site.


Workshop 25/03/2015

The Workshop scheduled for Wednesday 25th March 2015 will consist of a film by James Fletcher Watson commencing at 7.30 pm.

All members and guests are welcome to participate.

James Fletcher-Watson is regarded as one of the leading British watercolour landscape painters of his time.

He was a member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and the Royal Society of British Artists and exhibited at the Royal Academy, and received an award at the Paris Salon. He wrote many articles and several teaching books on watercolour painting, including The Magic of Watercolour and Watercolour Secrets. Three videos (now available on DVD) have also been made, in which he demonstrates how to paint out of doors as well as in the studio.

Tom Hern Funeral

Further to our previous report on the death of Tom Hern, we can now advise details of his funeral for those that may wish to attend.

The Funeral will be at Southend Crematorium on Friday 20th March 2015 at 3.20 pm.

The cortege will pass along Eastwood Road and will be accompanied by two Fire Pumps from Rayleigh Fire Station.

Whilst Flowers are acceptable, any donations should be made to the Firemen’s Charity either through Adams the Funeral Directors or in a collection box at the ceremony.

Sad News

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Tom Hern, the husband of our Secretary Annabelle, on Saturday. Tom had been suffering from leukaemia for most of last year and receiving chemotherapy for several months,  but finally succumbed to the illness, after being admitted to hospital on Thursday. He will be greatly missed by Annabelle and his daughter Becky and our sincere condolences go out to Annabelle and her family.

Tom, whilst not a member of Rayleigh Art Group, was always there when needed to transport screens and help at setting up exhibitions and whenever he was asked to help at group functions. He was an extremely valued helper and will be greatly missed by the Committee and members as a whole.

Whilst no details of the funeral are yet available, as soon as these become known we will publish them for members information.

Life Drawing Workshop

At 7 pm sharp, there were 10 members of Rayleigh Art Group all waiting with their easels up, paper or canvas at the ready and their chosen medium eagerly waiting to be used.

We were lucky enough to have a live model for the evening and we were all very keen to get started.

Emma was an excellent model for us, she is a very pretty and an experienced model and sat still for us, patiently waiting to see what we were producing.

We stopped for a tea break and then some of us had a second attempt at drawing.

This was a really an interesting evening, a brilliant chance to have a go at life drawing which of course not many of us get a chance to do very often and most of all, great fun.

Here are just a couple of pictures produced by some of us.


2015-03-05 13.45.56Emma


Report Courtesy of Cathy Newton and Photos Brian Coppard, Cathy Newton and Colin Mossman.

Frogmore Paper Mill Visit

We are pleased to confirm that Rayleigh Art Group will be running a coach trip to Frogmore Paper Mill at Hemel Hempstead on Friday 11th September 2015. The cost will be £20.00 per head which includes Coach and Entrance fee and a Presentation, together with Tea/Coffee. Whilst food is available (something & chips) from about £7.50 it is recommended that members take a packed lunch.

The coach will leave Rayleigh (Venue to be advised) at 9.00 am and will leave the Frogmore Paper Mill at 4.30 pm. Boat trips are available at a cost of £3.50 and can be booked on the day.

If you are interested, please book with Colin Mossman Tel. 01702 831726; Mobile 07858532172 or email colinmossman@talktalk.net as soon as possible – a £10.00 deposit should be paid to Val Belverstone by 1st May 2015.


Frogmore Paper Mill is the world’s oldest mechanised paper mill – the birthplace of paper’s industrial revolution. Today it is still a working paper mill producing around 100 tonnes of specialist grade paper every year on historic paper machines.

Frogmore paper Mill is a visitor destination with a real difference, offering a unique experience of exploration and entertainment in an industrial setting. At its heart is an historic paper machine dating from 1895.

Visitors are in for a treat, not only will they see exhibitions, audio visual presentations, the restored 1938 Dennis Ace Fire Engine, but they will get to have a go at hand paper making and take a tour around the historic paper mill itself.

On the guided tour visitors will be shown the site of the world’s first working Fourdinier paper machine and the mill race where once the powerful water wheels were sited that drove the first machine in 1803. They will then be shown the ‘new’ paper machine (itself dating from 1895) with a full explanation of its workings. Although now static, the paper machine is still an amazing site and a genuine feat of engineering.

To complete the visit, stop for refreshments a the cafe overlooking the River Gade and then browse in the gift shop for an array of papers, greeting cards and craft materials. In the warmer months, visitors will be able to take a trip along the River Gade and Grand Union Canal on the centres own ferry boat, the Bryan Donkin.

Some of our visitor’s comments:
‘A fantastic family day out’ Buckinghamshire.
‘Absolutely fascinating’ South Wales.
‘Best value for money I have had for years. Tour was brilliant.’ Bristol.