Saturday, 18 January 2020

Prescott Surgery Newsletter, January 2020

Dear Blogger

Message from Prescott Surgery - see attached January Newsletter

Jackie Jones MInstLM
Executive Coach & Leadership Mentor
Chair of Prescott Surgery Patient Group, Baschurch, Shropshire
Shropshire CCG Programme Board Member, Shropshire Care Closer to Home
Member of SaTH People's Patient Panel & SaTH Dementia Steering Group
Dementia Friends Champion

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Friday, 17 January 2020

A GIRAFFE at our school!

Dear Blogger

Message from Ruyton St. John the Baptist School.

The children at Ruyton have taken possession of a giraffe, and filled it with bottle tops.  This picture is showing some of our older pupils filling the giraffe.  The Ironworks in Oswestry have donated the giraffe who will remain in the school for a month.  

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Willow Gallery Oswestry coming music & arts events

Dear Blogger

Message from the Willow Gallery, Willow Street, Oswestry.

We thank you for your support in 2019
and extend our best wishes for the year ahead.
At the gallery we look forward to another year-long programme of exhibitions, live music and other events. Also see below our schedule of workshops and courses over the coming months.
Saturday 18 January
A Demonstration of Batik with Jenny O'Leary
11am-1pm   Free event
Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to fabric, reaching its greatest development in Indonesia. Hot liquid wax is used to prevent dye from penetrating the cloth, leaving 'blank' areas that can then be filled with colours; batik on paper uses the same techniques and tools. Textile artist Jenny will be demonstrating trees in batik to link with her course in March (see below). 
Examples of Jenny's craft
While Jenny's particular specialism is batik on tissue paper as well as fabric , she also does wonderful things with machine embroidery, felting and appliquÚ - creating wall art, soft furnishings, bags, scarves and jewellery, all with a modern twist. As well as her regular classes at the Willow, Jenny also teaches at Craven Arms' Westhope College.
18 January - 7 March
Featuring both new and established artists working in different media and styles - with landscapes particularly dominating.
Waiting for the Shepherd
Watercolour & collage
Frosty day at Colemere
Acrylic on canvas

Whixall Moss
Felted wool
Mixed media
Also January/February
MY SHROPSHIRE Photo Competition Winners
CPRE Shropshire Landscape Photo Competition 2019
Marking the 70th anniversary of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the competition was open to all non-professionals, with over 400 entries. Huge congratulations go to Richard Greswell who won the overall prize for his dramatic image, Storm on the Shropshire Hills (BELOW).

[BELOW] Joint runners-up were Janet Lewis with her photo of OffaÆs Dyke on Llanfair Hill and Olwyn Wall with Misty Morning on the Severn.

See these and other prize-winning and highly-commended entries at the Willow over the next few weeks. The exhibition will then move on to other venues, including Kerry Vale Vineyard, Church Stoke, Telford Town Centre and Shrewsbury's Bear Steps.
Many art works explore the interaction between words and images, and preparations are now underway for this year's PAINTING WITH WORDS EXHIBITION, running from 14 March to 2 May and inspired by text in all its many forms.

If you would like further details or application advice, please contact us at
Following Leo Donaghy's demonstration of Chinese brush painting in December and with Jenny showing how to batik this month, we are proposing to host further regular demonstrations by artists/makers. These would be on a Saturday and of approximately two hours' duration. Please contact us if you would be interested in giving a demonstration of your craft. 
A broad range of paintings, photographs and crafts
Portrait of Chris Dunbabin
Oil on canvas
Ynys Llanddwyn
Photo art showing Milky Way over Twr
Ash & walnut chair
Bringing forest to home

Tilberthwaite Tree

Dibond aluminium print
Dancers on the Shore 2
Photo art
Llyn Padarn
Photo art 

I am a Rock
Mixed media (print)
A great milestone for Daniel
 We're delighted that Daniel Yeomans' Self-Portrait No 3 has recently been acquired by one of the world's great libraries, the National Library of Wales. This is the first of Dan's paintings to join a national public collection. 

National Library of Wales: It is noteworthy to see an artist such as Daniel James Yeomans using a 'sight-size' method. Daniel's work will join our iconic collection of Welsh artists' self-portraits housed at the National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth.
Please pay at time of booking: Call 01691 657575 or book online

Licensed bar
For pre-concert supper, contact
Vera Van Heeringen Trio
Saturday 1 February

We're delighted to welcome back multi-instrumentalist Vera for an evening of self-penned songs and tunes delivered in a very individual style. She is accompanied by Dave Luke (guitar/mandolin/vocals) and Andy Seward (double bass).The top-class trio will be playing songs from their new album WonÆt Be Broken.
Starts: 8pm (doors open 7pm)
Tickets: ú12 (children ú6)
Friday 27 March

Welsh folk supergroup, Oli Wilson-Dickson (fiddle/vocals), Dylan Fowler (guitar/vocals) and Jamie Smith (accordion/vocals), combine powerful song-writing and original tunes, presenting a revealing insight into the culture and music of Wales û and beyond.
Starts: 8pm
Tickets: ú14 (children ú8)
Tom McConville
Saturday 18 April

An evening in the company of this award-winning fiddle maestro, singer-songwriter and raconteur. From Newcastle upon Tyne, Tom is a truly great performer, creating a sound that has jazz, folk, bluegrass and classical influences.

Starts: 8pm
Tickets: ú10 (children ú5)
If you have any access requirements (wheelchair space / aisle seat / seat at the front &c), please let us know when booking 
David Bannister's November workshop focused on capturing gesture in portraits. Over two days, students developed their confidence and skills - and some can't wait to come back and learn more! This spring David is offering two further courses exploring portraiture : see below. 
Book online, by 'phone (01691 657575) or in person. For Lifelong Learning courses, book through Aberystwyth University (01970 621580 : Pre-payment is required to confirm a place. Also please check our website for full details, including any materials to bring. Classes previously listed and not appearing below are now full.
Painterly Woodcuts &  Monoprinting without a Press
with Sally-Ann Davies
Sat 18 Jan 2020   10am-4pm
(to include materials)

Learn how to apply the ink and carving techniques to create unique coloured woodcut prints.

Sun 19 Jan 2020   10am-4pm
(to include materials)

Learn the process of monoprinting using a homemade gelli plate - an inexpensive way to enjoy printmaking.
Making Mosaics
with Lindsey Kennedy

Sat 7 March   10am-4pm
ú60 (including materials)
Learn the basics of mosaic-making, including how to cut and shape the glass safely. A large selection of glass material will be available to use, and at the end of the day you will take home a beautiful finished mosaic. 
Trees - An Exploration through Batik with Jenny O'Leary
Sat 14 & Sun 15 March   10am-4pm
ú95 for 2 days

Use hot wax and work on different surfaces with inks, bleach and dyes to create a gorgeous piece of work inspired by trees. Jenny's step-by-step instructions are very clear, and it's magic how the different colours appear. 
Sketchbook Studies
with Tereska Shepherd

A Lifelong Learning course

24 & 25 March and 19 & 20 May
10.30-3.30pm   ú110

Explore different sketching styles and techniques using a variety of media.
Drawing Portraits
with David Bannister

Sat 28 & Sun 29 March
10am-4pm   ú75
for 2 days

An introduction to basic techniques in drawing with line and tone to achieve likeness and expressive portraits. Using pencil, charcoal and paper, you will look at proportion, shading, expression and capturing facial characteristics.
with Ian Phillips

Sat 4 & Sun 5 April   10am-4pm
for 2 days (all materials provided)

Experiment with tools, techniques and designs to create your own linocut.
Glass Fusing - Curved Panel
with Jill Bagnall

Sat 11 April   10.30am-3pm
 (includes materials, use of equipment & kiln firings)

Create your own free-standing glass curve, gorgeous in front of a window or as a candle or lamp shield. No previous experience necessary.
Woodland Weekend
with Susan Mulcock

Sat 18 & Sun 19 April
for 2 days (including materials)

Using a photograph to inspire you, experiment with various fibres and inlays to created your own atmospheric felted woodland scene. 
Drawing Portraits in Acrylics
with David Bannister

Sat 25 & Sun 26 April
10am-4pm   ú75
for 2 days

Create a portrait with likeness and expression in acrylic paint. Everyone from beginners to more advanced artists are welcome. You will receive plenty of guidance and friendly feedback.
Gardens in Batik
with Jenny O'Leary

Sat 9 May   10am-4pm

Work on paper and white cotton fabric to make a batik picture, with the theme of gardens and allotments as inspiration.
Felted Landscapes - Reflections
with Susan Mulcock

Sat 16 May   10am-4pm

Mix fibres of different colours and types to depict reflections in the landscape. 
Lutradur Tea Light Holder
with Sylvia Stead

Sat 30 May
(all materials supplied but bring your own sewing mit)

Create a tea light holder in a colour of your choice. You will learn how to distress and colour the Lutradur and embellish with embroidery and beading.
Ceramic Birds/Hedgehogs
with Sara Wood

Sat 6 June
(including materials/firing)

Sculpt a pair of birds/hedgehogs - or one of each - using the traditional technique of pinch pottery. Suitable for beginners.
Collage to Distraction
with Pete Monaghan

Saturday 13 June
10am-4pm   ú55

Look at ways of moving away from direct representational painting towards an abstracted image, without ever actually arriving in pure abstraction. 
Glass Fusing - Table Centrepiece
with Jill Bagnall

Sat 18 July   10.30am-3pm
 (includes materials, use of equipment & kiln firings)

Create a decorative table centrepiece, a square shallow plate/dish in your own design, with a finished size of approx 25cm x 25cm. No experience necessary.
Ceramic Bunting
with Sara Wood

Sat 25 July   10.30am-1pm 
(including materials/firing)

You will design and cut a range of pieces of your choice, using a range of vintage materials to texture the clay before firing. You can then construct your bunting as you wish. Suitable for beginners to the more experienced. 

with Emily Wilkinson

6 Tuesday sessions starting 7 Jan
7-8pm   ú40

This mixed-ability class is suitable for all aged 16+ including beginners
Live from the Royal Opera House, that classic of Russian ballet The Sleeping Beauty plus Puccini's opera of young love, La BohÞme. Also on screen In Search of Mozart and Lucian Freud - A Self-Portrait. For a spot of escapism, time-travel romantic comedy 
La Belle ╔poque is in French with subtitles.
The next events will be on 1 February at the Public Institute, Llanfyllin and 7 March at the Memorial Hall, Oswestry. For further details, please click here.
hope house  2020 calendar
We are delighted to report that the entire print-run of calendars was sold, raising a total of ú1000 for our local Hope House. Produced by Oswestry Life magazine in partnership with Paul Seager Graphic Design, the calendar features photos of 12 local scenes by local photographer Graham Mitchell.

Snowfall in Cae Glass Park, Oswestry
Drawing by IRENE MUIR
Chinese New Year 25 January
Year of the Rat

The date of the Chinese New Year, China's most important festival, is determined by the lunar calendar: the holiday falls on the second new moon after the Winter Solstice on December 21. Rat is the first in the 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle and is associated with an aggressive attitude and entrepreneurial spirit. Whiskers up!


Non-profit, community-minded creative environment offers
Approximately 6 exhibitions per year ? Artist residencies 
Workshops & courses ? Demonstrations
Craft shop ? Craft fairs 
Interest-free art loans
Live music ? Talks
Venue hire
To contact the Willow Gallery:
Tel: 01691 657575
Facebook: Willow
Address: 56 Willow Street, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 1AD
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To contact the Willow Eatery:
Tel: 07773 720425

Address: 56 Willow Street, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 1AD

Gallery open: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm
Eatery open: Tues-Sat 9.30am-4.30pm
Closed: Sundays/Bank Holidays

Editor: Hilary Moorcroft \ January 2020

BEE-EATERS: Sculpture in wood by JIM HEATH