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Our club is a group of amateur and semi-professional artists, who want to enjoy the company of like-minded people to exchange art skills and ideas. The Society has grown considerably in size since it was founded in 1972, but has retained its character of being a friendly group of people who enjoy art. We have untutored, informal meetings every Wednesday morning at the Barrington Centre, using our own materials and working on our own projects.

The Society holds demonstration meetings in the Conference Room of the Barrington Centre on the third Thursday of each month (with the exception of August), when we invite a visiting artist to demonstrate their painting techniques. These are high-quality demonstrations in a variety of media including pastels, watercolour, oils, acrylics and other mixed media, lasting about two hours with a break for coffee/tea. They are free for club members and £5 for visitors. The list of workshops for 2020 up to April are as follows: -

* 16th January – Stephen Foster – Landscapes with pallet knife in acrylics

* 20th February – Alan Langford – Equestrian watercolours

* 19th March - tbc

Yearly membership is £33 with an additional charge of £27 per term for the Wednesday workshops.

Regular exhibitions are being held during the year.

The club has taken part in many SAA challenges and on several occasions had work reproduced in their national magazine. At this year’s art exhibition at Upton Park, visitors voted for their favourite exhibit. Carol Curran won with her work called `The Guru`, which was drawn using graphite pencils.  Her drawing featured in the Leisure Painter `Club Artist` page. There are other artists in the club who regularly sell paintings and those members who enjoy painting as a hobby.

For more information please contact our membership secretary SUE GOMM 01202 573050.

As part of the £1.2 million project to refurbish the King George V recreational facilities in Ferndown, the Town Council has selected their preferred contractor to carry out the refurbishment to the play park. Following a tendering process, HAGS have been selected as the preferred contractor. HAGS have an excellent track record of developing quality, robust play areas.

The Chairman of the KGV Management Committee, Cllr Mrs Julie Robinson, commented “The KGV Trustees are very excited about the much-needed upgrade to this play park. Outdoor play is vital for children’s development and it is important the community has access to exciting and challenging play areas. I am pleased that the new play area will meet the needs of our young people and will certainly be used and enjoyed by generations to come.”

Cllr Mike Parkes, the Chairman of the Project Group overseeing the project added “The Project Group was very impressed with the design put forward by HAGS. It has a fantastic selection of equipment which is suitable for a wide range of children with ranging abilities. In developing the plans, the Town Council asked local school children what they would like to see in the park and the ideas and views from this have been incorporated into the final design.”

The play park will include equipment for children up to 12 years old with zoning for toddlers and juniors for ease of flow. The new equipment includes inclusive swings and roundabouts, slides, play panels, 2 climbing frames for toddlers and juniors, a net pyramid plus many more exciting pieces of equipment. 

The play park has been closed to prepare for works to commence in January. It is anticipated that the park will be ready to enjoy before Easter 2020. 

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Snow QueenThe engaging singer Tanya Miller visited Ferndown Library last Saturday as a Snow Queen and sang some majestically icy themed songs to the young children who sat listening enthralled by her voice.

Whilst the Snow Queen story was being told the staff in the library helped children join in the craft activities which included making a crown, snowmen Christmas cards and a magnetic skiing pug for the fridge.

Everyone went away with wonderful memories of icy songs and handmade crafty items.

Photo courtesy of Tom Scrase

East Dorset Police were very proud to present one of their volunteers, Peter Ebers, with an award recognising his 35 years commitment to volunteering for the community of Ferndown on the 4th December. Assistant Chief Constable, Mark Callaghan and Cllr. Mrs Julie Robinson, the Mayor of Ferndown were kind enough to make the presentation. Well done Peter! and thanks go to all of the amazing volunteers that staff the Ferndown Police Community Office.

Peter Ebers receiving volunteer award for 35 years commitment