Names needed for hobby evening, Wed 26 August

The August monthly meeting on Wednesday 26th will be an informal hobby evening at Gallones, Adam and Eve Street.  A chance to share hobbies over tea or coffee and maybe a delicious Italian icecream.  Places to be reserved in advance please, by Friday evening 21 August.  Email:


Volunteering for our local Loros shop – can you help?

Do you have a few hours to spare each week or maybe once a fortnight (perhaps you are working and can do a half day one week and a friend the other?)?  If so, please contact Karen, the new manager of the Loros shop in Market Harborough.  Volunteers are needed for front of shop work, behind the scenes and clothes sorting.  Pop in and have a chat with Karen.

Loros raises money for the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospices.  The shop in Harborough is being given a face lift in September and so why not join at this new turning point?  The shop is located at Unit 5, Manor Walk, Coventry Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 9BP.  Call on (01858) 432539  Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-4.30pm

Welland Valley Vineyard evening

Welland Valley Vineyard evening out

Welland Valley Vineyard evening out

The 2.5 acre Vineyard and cider orchard was established in 1991 by both David and Jane Bates on a south facing slope between Marston Trussell and East Farndon. Last Wednesday 15th July, 17 members visited  the vineyard for a tour and a talk about their production. It was a lovely evening sitting  outside amongst the vines hearing about how the vineyard was set up and all that is involved with the wine production throughout the year, all of which is done by the couple themselves. A variety of French and German vines are cultivated to produce their quality bottle fermented sparkling wines, with the grapes all  being pressed and vinefied and bottled all on site. Cider apples are also grown and made into an award winning cider, namely Roundhead and King Richard 111.
It was a really interesting and enjoyable evening with sampling of some of their wines to make the evening complete!

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‘Bob Ross’ painting technique demonstrated

Jayne Good with her painting created using the 'Bob Ross' wet on wet oil technique

Jayne Good with her painting created using the ‘Bob Ross’ wet on wet oil technique

Anyone can paint!  That was the message on Wednesday this week when artist, Jayne Good, expertly demonstrated a very effective, wet-on-wet oil technique.  A landscape picture was gradually built up within the hour and raffled at the end (pictured above).  Jayne’s witty commentary was humorously interjected with demonstrations of techniques that included ‘flicky over,’ ‘curly whorly,’ and ‘whacking.’

Jayne also explained how she had tried working in various mediums, including water colour, coming across the Bob Ross technique unintentionally on a birthday treat painting day.  She enjoyed it so much she became a Bob Ross instructor, now teaching a range of workshops and undertaking regular work with people who have had strokes or are experiencing mental health problems.  More examples of Jaynes’ work are below:

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Inspiration for budding artists

Tomorrow evening, Broughton Astley artist, Jayne Good, will be painting and creating another masterpiece using many techniques.   She specialises in a wet on oil technique which you can check out on this U tube link.  She will be selling off the painting at the end of the evening.  This may inspire some artists amongst us!

See you at the Congregational Church Hall, Bowden Lane at 7.30 pm.