Basingstoke Canal 06/09/2017

A good number of members turned up this morning even through we had heavy rain yesterday.  The weather was mixed.  All said, we had a very productive day.

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FLEET ART SOCIETY CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF PUTTING ON A SHOW!

Fleet and District Art Society celebrated 25 years of displaying their paintings at Fleet Hospital. The display of about 30 paintings is changed every six months and a percentage of the sales goes to the Friends of Fleet Hospital’s charity.

The Vice Chairman, Harrie Gossop was present at the changeover on Saturday and she was presented with a cheque for over £100 as a donation from the society’s recent annual exhibition. She thanked the society for their continuing support and talked about the projects past, present and future that the Friends have and hope to support. These include palliative care nurses for terminally ill patients in their own home and helping the midwives who are now based at the hospital.

Fleet Art Society are proud of their continuing support and connections with the Hospital and local community as well as encouraging artists of all abilities to reach their true potential.

For further information of The Friends of Fleet Hospital go to http://www.fhcf.co.uk

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All Saints Church, Crondall – 29/08/2017

Great weather and friendly staff at the church and it’s newly opened tea room.  The church has history back to the early 13th Century.  I was showed the lamb holding the lamp above the alter.  The Explorer Tea Room on the church premises offers excellent freshly cut sandwiches and cakes with very reasonable price.  We have a very good day.

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Portchester – 16/08/2017

A fine day.  There were many visitors around both inside and outside the castle boundary wall.

St Mary Church Portchester was built in the 1120’s within the grounds of Portchester Castle.  The caretaker of St Mary Church was such a nice man.  He saw me sketching and offered to move his car from the front of the church without being asked.  He told me the gate in front of the church is called lych gate and was used at burials for sheltering a coffin until the clergyman’s arrival.  A bit of education.

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Congratulations to Hilary Dancer

Many congratulations to Hilary Dancer for winning an award from Daler Rowney.  Her painting “Love London” was judged best in show at the Wokingham Summer Exhibition by representatives from the company and she has been given the privilege of one week’s residency in their artist’s studio in Bracknell.  The prize will include an opportunity to see the manufacturing processes and to use any of the products Daler Rowney have to offer.   Well done Hilary!

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“Love London” will be on show at Wokingham Art Society Exhibition in St Paul’s Parish Rooms, Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH until Saturday 5 August.

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