We began the botanical art classes last October on the first and third Thursdays
of each month. We have covered a variety of techniques including graphite pencil
drawing and pen and ink. Everyone can go at their own speed although the more practice
one does at home, the faster the progress. We draw mainly from nature, including
material such as leaves, flowers, fruits and vegetables. In the next class on June
2nd we will start using coloured pencils. Everyone is very much looking forward
to this as it gives a wonderful effect to any drawing and is fun to use, although
not as easy as many people think!
If anyone is interested in taking botanical art classes, please let me know as,
if enough interest is generated, I could teach a morning class for beginners on the
first and third Thursdays of each month. Contact
At the moment the group numbers between 8 and 10. This is a good number as it gives
scope for Diana, our adviser, to help us all on an individual basis during the two
hours meeting. As not everyone manages to attend each session we have plenty of vacancies
for anyone interested. We meet on the second Friday of the month at Community House
from 2 to 4pm. There are many reasons for peoples' interest in the craft. Some of
us make cards, and others just get pleasure from the formation of the special lettering.
It makes a greeting in a card extra special.
Anyone interested in joining a friendly group, contact .
Current Affairs Forum
Last year regular members of the Current Affairs took the decision that they wanted
the group to act as a forum. More of a place where people might be able to debate
the issues of the day in a supportive and non-threatening environment. How well has
it worked you ask? Well numbers have stayed around the 20-25 mark each month. The
topics covered have included:-the budget cuts; euthanasia; impact of superstores
on towns; lowering the age of criminal responsibility; the benefit society; the Anglo-American
Partnership; the future of libraries; Christmas in a secular society; the role of
the local Councillor
Now, as we end this programme we are already casting our mind to the future. Our
next meeting on July 1st, 2.00 p.m at the Robert’s Centre(opposite Waitrose) is a
planning meeting for next years programme. Why not come along. Is there something
that you would really like to talk to others about ? It’s fun to talk ,remember
Full house for croquet
Croquet is under way again with 40 members now playing twice a week at Bishop Monkton
Croquet Club. All available places have been allocated and there is a waiting list.
The group has arranged a number of friendly matches this season and also plans a
BBQ and other social events. Leader: .