Southend Art Club Open Day

All Rayleigh Art Group members are cordially invited to attend the Southend Art Club Open Day, at their Cottage on Saturday 30th September 2017 commencing at 2:00pm

There will also be a ‘Bring and Buy’ sale which will include second-hand art material and books donated by their members They would like to know numbers for catering purposes, so please contact Colin Mossman, who will keep them advised.


Summer Social Event

If you have not already done so please put Wednesday 9th August 2017 in your diary!

Rayleigh Art Group will be holding a Summer Social Event on Wednesday 9th August 2017 at the Anchor Public House, Hullbridge, from 6:00pm onwards.

All members and their guests are invited to come along and enjoy an evening of chatting, painting, or even taking a drink or two with friends and fellow artists.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Workshop and Social Event

On Wednesday 26th July 2017 Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a Workshop at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, commencing at 7:30pm to which all members are invited. An opportunity to exchange views and ideas, whilst painting whatever you choose in whatever medium you like.

Rayleigh Art Group will be holding a Summer Social Event at the Anchor Public House, Hullbridge on Wednesday 9th August 2017, from 6:00pm onwards.

All members and their guests are invited to come along and enjoy an evening of chatting, painting or even drinking, your choice.


Firstly, how very kind of Pauline and Stuart to invite us to paint in their beautiful garden this summer. Obviously they booked the weather for us too when they set the date as we couldn’t have had a nicer evening to paint in.

Pauline's Garden2From 5.30p.m. onwards on Wednesday 14th June 2017,  people arrived from the Rayleigh Art Group to enjoy the evening of chat, painting and supping a lovely cuppa with home made cakes. We are very lucky that we have such a first class baker amongst us, so courtesy of Val we had the choice of Coffee and Walnut cake, Lemon Drizzle cake or Victoria Sponge cake. Thank you very much Val for catering for our needs, it was enjoyed by all.

What a beautiful garden Pauline has, there are flowers in abundance in every which way you turn, just too many to choose from but some of us took lots of photos too so we can work our way through them throughout the rest of the year. Stuart must have been working really hard to make the garden so spectacular, most of us came home and thought we should maybe spend tomorrow gardening!

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Many thanks to both Pauline and Stuart for letting us share their evening, garden and hospitality.

Report and photos courtesy of Cathy Newton

Outdoor Painting – Wednesday 14th June 2017

Just a quick reminder that Rayleigh Art Group will be meeting in Pauline Grove’s Garden on the evening of Wednesday 14th June 2017 at 5:30pm.

For those who need it Pauline’s address is: Catkins, Rayleigh Downs Road, Rayleigh SS6 7LR (just over the bridge on right hand side)

This is an opportunity to paint in Pauline’s garden commencing at 5:30pm, whilst at the same time to sit and chat with friends, so why not come along and spend an enjoyable few hours – the weather forecast is looking good.

2017’s AT HOME

Can you believe that yet another year has come around and we have now hosted the 2017’s ‘At Home’?

As usual we held this social evening in The Todman Centre in Castle Road, a lovely venue with plenty of room, seating and kitchen area for all the naughty but nice food that is brought in by everyone. Unfortunately not supported by as many members as in the past few years but enough of us to have a really good social chatty evening nevertheless.

We had a very nice young man called Liam come along to our group and give us a talk on birds of prey. He brought with him three birds, all of which he got out in turn to show us and talk about each and every one of them. The information he gave us was all very interesting and going back as far as Henry Vlll’s time.

The first bird to be introduced to us was a Hybrid Peregrine Falcon who perched perfectly on Liam’s arm whilst he told us all about her. The interesting thing was that in the wild she would probably only live around 4 years and but in captivity she will probably make 20. 2017-05-03 20.39.24

Next up was the beautiful Barn Owl, this was a lovely bird who didn’t sit quite so still for us but nevertheless was very well behaved. Again this bird was bred in captivity so was also going to have a lovely long life.2017-05-03 20.51.56

Lastly was a Kestrel, very squawky in the cage but even worse when out and on Liam’s arm. She too was bred in captivity but would possibly not live quite so long as the other two birds.

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Liam explained that he had recently started up this business with a friend and now had 11 birds in aviaries in the garden. He exercises the birds every day come rain or shine and in my view they are very lucky birds to have come into his care.

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During the evening we had the chance to view all the entries for the Best Picture of the Year  and so after plenty of chatting, a little eating and drinking Brian Coppard presented the yearly Clock Trophy to Christine Dobson for the picture ‘A Frayed Knot’. Brilliant picture, well done Christine.IMG_0395 1

For those of you who attended, we hope you enjoyed your evening and for those of you who didn’t come, you missed a really nice evening. We hope to see you all next time.

Report and photos courtesy of Cathy Newton

Rayleigh Art Group – ‘At Home’

Tomorrow, Wednesday 3rd May 2017 is our ‘At home’ night, don’t forget your painting for entry into the yearly ‘Painting of the Year’ competition. Liquid refreshment will be supplied but don’t forget to bring a guest and some food for the table.

This year we also have a guest speaker, won’t say what he will be speaking on but to give you a clue, flight might be involved and feathers might fly. See you tomorrow 7.30 pm at the Todman Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh


Hopefully all those that attended our annual Quiz Night had a really enjoyable evening last night. As usual the Quiz was prepared and run by my husband John and so as to keep up the tradition, it was suitable difficult.

We had 27 players last night, which is a really good turn out and of course makes for a more competitive evening, We only had 4 teams some of which were down as low as 6 players and others up to 8. However many people your had in your team the laughter and then concentration levels seemed to be much the same and there was plenty of both I can tell you,

Half way through the evening our Fish and Chip supper was delivered from ‘Chris’s’ shop at The Chase, Rayleigh and as always the quality was brilliant and piping hot too.

Our four teams were called Numpties whose score was 63, Rubbish at 69 points, Grey Matter at 70 and then the winners The Shiners at a grand total of 78. Well done to you all because as a goffer I can honestly say I couldn’t answer that many of the questions at all. I sit on the side and listen and some I think to myself ‘oh yes I know that one’  and sometimes I am right and then other questions I listen to and think ‘ I know nothing’ .

For those of you whose missed out last night, try coming next year, we can guarantee you a really good social evening.

Rayleigh Art Group Annual Quiz

Rayleigh Art Group members are reminded that the Annual Fish/Chicken and Chips Supper and Quiz will take place on Wednesday 22nd March 2017. The venue is the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh with the quiz commencing at 7.30 pm sharp.

The cost will be £7.00 per head for members and guests, with tickets available from Val Belverstone Tel. 01268 751087 – just let her know if you want Fish or Chicken.

We would like to see as many of you as possible for this fun event, so please put the date in your diary and book your tickets now.

Rayleigh Art Group 2016 Christmas Party

Can you believe that the year has almost come to an end once again and here we are celebrating with all our friends at the Rayleigh Art Group’s Christmas Party.2016-12-07-20-45-37

Once again we hosted this event at the Todman Centre. We have found this to be the
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Our competition this year was a month of the year but they were only to be mounted and not framed, this was brilliantly
supported and we had 18 pictures with at least 12 of those each receiving one vote. Something that has never happened before occurred though, four of the paintings each got 4 votes and so in the end those 4 names were put into an 2016-12-07-21-37-18envelope and just one was picked out. Val Belverstone won, well done Val.

As always, Annabel supplied us with a couple of table quizzes which we all attempted to complete throughout the evening whilst charging our glasses with juice or wine and sampling all the lovely food that had been brought in by everyone. These are always challenging to say the least but great fun and get people chatting.

This year we decided to play a party game and so we set up a Beetle Drive, many people said they had no idea how to play and just a few said that they had not played this game for many years, probably as children even. Well the hall went from a normal chatter level to laughter, chatter and the decibels went up much higher, just as though everyone was having a really good time. The dice seemed to jump from the tables to the floor many times and eventually we called time on the game after 4 rounds as our time was slipping away rapidly. The winner was Colin Mossman and the least amount of points were from Margaret Gould, both of these received a voucher for a facial compliments of one of our new members. Thank you for the vouchers and thank you all for joining in the game and making a fun evening.2016-12-07-20-42-44 We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year from all your Committee.2016-12-07-20-43-05



Report and photos courtesy Cathy Newton