Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Chat with the Vicar - about anything

Chat with the Vicar about anything - Questions of life, faith, parenting help, A friendly natter with Lucida our vicar.

See list of dates at Cafe Eleven

Why not join the Parish Council?

Message from Lydia Bardsley, Ruyton XI Towns Parish Clerk.


Join the Parish Council – apply by 31.01.2022

Following the resignation of Cllr Christine Jones, a casual vacancy has arisen in the parish. No by-election was called within the 14-day statutory notice period, which means the Parish Council has the right to fill the seat by co-option. Interested parties should complete an application form and email these to the clerk.  The deadline for receipt of completed application forms is 5pm Mon 31st Jan 2022. The Council will consider candidate applications at the next Council meeting on Tues 8th Feb 2022.

Candidates are encouraged to speak to their councillors if they have any queries about what being a councillor involves. If you have questions about the criteria for being a councillor or anything else on the application form, please contact the clerk.

View the co-option advert.

View the application form.


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Monday, 17 January 2022

Newsletter from Qube - so many opportunities in Oswestry

Latest news and updates from Qube

Hello from us all at Qube...

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to seeing you again in 2022. All our services are back running as normal so please get in touch if there's anything we can help you with.

To start the new year we have a brand new exhibition by printmaker Michelle Woodward. Michelle was the winner of the Qube Arts Open People's Choice prize in 2021. A collection of her work will be on display in our main gallery until 14th February.

We have added new courses to our website! Starting soon are a series of silversmithing workshops with Amy from Rustic and Wild and an Introduction to Watercolour course with Joseph Schneider. We still have a few spaces on our popular Art History course with Sarah Gathercole starting next week. More courses and workshops will be added over the next few weeks so please keep an eye on our website for updates.

Are you a keen photographer? Our annual photography competition and exhibition returns for 2022. The theme this year is 'Identity'. There's a £100 Best in Show prize and a £20 People's Choice prize! The under 16s winner will receive a selection of art materials. Deadline for entries is 12th February. Full details and entry forms can be found here...

Please feel free to call or email us if we can help you or someone you know. You can contact us on 01691 656882 or email info@qube-oca.org.uk.

Here is some of our latest news and services...

New Exhibition: Michelle Woodward
Artist and Printmaker, Michelle Woodward was the winner of the Qube Arts Open People's Choice Prize in 2021 with her piece 'Summer Garden'. In this exhibition she displays some of her recent works. On display until 14th February.

Call for entries! Photography Competition
Our Photography Competition & Exhibition is back for 2022 with the theme: 'Identity'. There's a £100 Best in Show prize and a £20 People's Choice prize! The under 16s winner will receive a selection of art materials. Deadline for entries is 12th February. Full details and entry forms can be found here...

Courses and Workshops
We've added more courses and workshops to our website. There are a few places left on our Art History, Introduction to Watercolour and Silversmithing courses starting new week. More workshops and courses will be added over the next few months. Keep an eye on our courses page for updates.

Get Creative We've added more free activities to our website to help everyone stay creative at home. These activities have been commissioned for us by artists from across the country. All are free to use and download. Get inspired and take a look at all the creative ideas here...


Thinking of volunteering?
Qube's Volunteer Centre can help you find a voluntary role to match your needs. We also provide free advertising for charity, social enterprise or community group organisations who need volunteers. Further details can be found here...

Are you an artist or maker?
We're always keen to hear from anyone looking to sell their work with us. Throughout the year Qube has a small shop selling handmade items, from jewellery, textiles and woodwork to ceramics, cards and prints. If you would like information on how to display in our gallery shop, please contact us at art@qube-oca.org.uk.
We urgently need your help!
During lockdown in 2020, Qube and OsNosh joined forces to provide weekly hot meals to vulnerable members of the community. We're now in urgent need of donations to keep this service going. Can you help us raise £10,000? Find out more about the service and see the campaign video here...

Saturday, 15 January 2022

Latest corona news from Shropshire Council

Latest corona news from Shropshire Council

Pictures of items for sale

Sorry, I forgot John Russell`s pictures.  I am always grateful for those who tell me when I have made a mistake.

Herewith, pictures of the items for sale.

Friday, 14 January 2022

Items for sale

John Russell in Weston Lullingfields has been having a bit of a clear out.

Contact John - 01939 261 544

Good quality bedroom stuff   Towel rails £10 each  Suitcase useful thing £10 - in the B&B world we call this a case rack, Y.  

2 bookcases -  the bigger one is solid good quality oak W98 x H104 cms £20   The pine one W80 x 83H to hang on a wall £7

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Myddle Flicks in the Sticks Wed. Jan 19

Message from Jenny Ruck in Myddle

The first FLICKS IN THE STICKS of 2022

This is just a reminder about Myddle Flicks in the Stick film `Summerland`, which is being shown in Myddle Village Hall at 7.30 on Wednesday 19th January.

We do hope you will consider coming. We have decided that we will not be serving refreshments at this showing, due to COVID restrictions.

Looking forward to seeing you all sometime soon.

Best wishes


Please support this event and remember to take your own coffee and biscuits!

Newsletter from Willow Gallery, Oswestry

Newsletter from Tereska at Willow Gallery  - Why not take up a new hobby in 2022

January 2022

LOU STAFFORD   | Winter Fox | Watercolour
Happy New Year from the Willow Gallery & Café
Re-opening Tuesday 11 January with our

Plus see below for our new programme of workshops & courses
I did this painting after a day trip into Wales when we were allowed over the border. I wanted to portray a brisk walk in January on a cold, clear morning. When I thought I'd finished, I puzzled over why it didn't convey what I'd wanted. After a while it became obvious: it needed a figure walking!
Until 5 March
Featuring new works created by Borderland Visual Arts plus our
Winter Open Exhibition for you to explore

Disturbing the Waters
Acrylic on board

Night Sky
Acrylic on canvas

Night Sky above the Bay
Oil and graphite on canvas

All about the Light
Machine embroidery

Approaching Rain
Acrylic on canvas

Celtic Forest
Felted wool

Soon we'll be flying
Acrylic & collage

Including works by Margaret Charman, Maggie Furmanek, Judith Harrison, Jaci Hogan, Alison Holt and Sara Piper Heap

Including Artists' Open Studios 11 & 12 June and 18 & 19 June

Beautiful handmade crafts
Please see website for full details and updates
Book online, by 'phone (01691 657575) or in person
Drawing Portraits with David Bannister
Sat 12 March, 10am-4pm ? £60
David will guide you through the principles and techniques that will enable you to continue to develop your portrait drawing with style and confidence. Everyone from beginners to more advanced are welcome.
Felted Art: Skies & Skylines
with Susan Mulcock

Sat 26 March, 10am-4pm ? £60 
Experiment with various types of fibre to give the effect of different types of cloud, before producing your own sunrise/sunset picture. Bring along some images to inspire you.
Scraggly Lines - Experimental Drawing
with Peter Monaghan

Sat 2 April, 10am-4pm ? £60 
With an emphasis on exploratory and experimental work, transfer line drawings into paintings while retaining the energy of a sketch, using line weights to add depth and interest.
Clashing Colours
with Peter Monaghan

Sun 3 April, 10am-4pm ? £60 
Using acrylic and ink on board, canvas or paper, mix and match high-contrast colours in unexpected combinations and purposely clash colours to co-exist as happy partners.
Mosaics with Lindsey Kennedy
Sat 9 April, 10am-4pm ? £75
Perfect for the mosaic beginner, you  will be introduced to a wide range of glass and ceramic materials, tools and techniques required to create coasters, hearts or a decorative panel.
Light and Landscape with David Bannister
Sat 23 April, 10am-4pm ? £60
Working from your own reference photographs or drawings, and taking inspiration from great landscape artists of the past, use water-based paints, colour, contrast and tone to explore methods of capturing light in landscape art.
Still Life in Batik with Jenny O'Leary
Sat 30 April, 10am-4pm ? £60
Work with hot wax, bleach, inks and paper to create a still-life composition in batik. Suitable for any level of experience (beginners will be taught from scratch): bring a few favourite objects for inspiration.
Create a Lutradur Tealight Holder
with Sylvia Stead

Sat 14 May, 10am-4pm ? £70
Working with lutradur (a polyester fabric-like material great for textile art), make a tealight holder in the colour of your choice, embellished with embroidery and beading.  All materials and equipment supplied.
Handbuilt Ceramics with Sara Piper Heap
Sat/Sun 21 & 22 May, 10am-4pm each day ? £120
Using simple tools, learn to create and decorate slab-formed ceramics. Slab-building is the oldest method of making pots and is great for students with no previous clay experience. Your pieces will be glazed and fired, then made available for collection.
Felted Art: Waterfall Weekend
with Susan Mulcock

Sat/Sun 4 & 5 June, 10am-4pm each day ? £120
Experiment with different ways of using fibres to show rock formations and moving water, then look at how to structure and layer a more complex image. to produce your own waterfall picture.
Landscapes in Batik with Jenny O'Leary
Sat 2 July, 10am-4pm ? £60
Use the ancient technique of wax resist to create beautiful landscape effects. Tutor Jenny's own batik paintings are notable for their rich colours and blending. All abilities welcome - beginners are taught step by step, and nobody is left behind.
The artist John Piper loved British landscapes and often used them as inspiration for his artwork. He particularly liked to focus on objects in the landscape such as monuments, churches and landmarks. Using his work as inspiration at her November workshop, textile artist Jenny O'Leary demonstrated to her students a variety of techniques to create batiks in his adventurous and unique style.
Using wax to create their batik designs, students found the workshop a lovely, creative experience - and would encourage others to discover the beauty and possibilities of this fascinating art.
Briefly, on December 17, Oswestry became the centre of the universe as the world's press - according to the Shropshire Star - descended on the town in response to the news that the North Shropshire parliamentary constituency - in the hands of the Conservative party for nigh on 200 years -  had been taken with a handsome majority by the Liberal Democrats in the by-election held the day before.

Using the backdrop of the Oswestry Station building, the winning candidate, Helen Morgan, in pink, commits to working for the best interest of all the people of North Shropshire.
Sickert: A Life in Art
At the Walker Gallery, Liverpool
A major exhibition showcasing around 100 paintings and 200 drawings by Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942)
See in one of the country's best galleries how this artist chronicled Britain during a period of rapid change. Sickert was drawn into the messy realness of society and was often inspired by music hall, theatrical life and urban scenes.
Suspense, c1916
Born in Munich, Sickert moved to Britain as a child. As a young artist, he worked as an apprentice to the American painter James McNeill Whistler who, along with French Impressionist Edgar Degas, greatly influenced Sickert's early work. A prominent figure in the transition from Impressionism to Modernism, he was also one of the first artists to work from photographs.
At the Royal Academy of Arts, London
Until 13 February
One of Britain's best-loved artists had a radical side that definitely deserves to be seen. Bringing together over 50 works (paintings and oil sketches as well as watercolours, drawings and prints), this intriguing exhibition explores the free and expressive brushwork that came to define Constable's late career.

Stonehenge (1835)

Rainstorm over the Sea (c1824-28)
Pantone Color
of the Year 2022:
a 'happy periwinkle blue'
For its 2022 Color of the Year, American colour company Pantone has for the first time created a brand-new shade: Pantone 17-3938 'Veri Peri', a vibrant periwinkle blue with violet-red undertones, described as 'the happiest and warmest of all blue hues'.
Pantone's Color of the Year has been going for 23 years. The colour selected is supposed to sum up the mood of the year, influencing products a
cross fashion, home décor and industrial design.This year's 'Veri Peri', says the company, blends 'the faithfulness and constancy of blue with the energy and excitement of red' and was designed to 'evoke the glowing touchscreens of the digital world and the creative possibilities of the future'. That may sound a little pretentious to some - but expect to see this colour popping up everywhere!
Tel: 01691 657575
email: willowgalleryoswestry.gmail.com
Website: willowgalleryoswestry.org
Address: 56 Willow Street, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 1AD

Gallery/Café open Tues-Sat 10am-4pm
Closed: Sundays/Mondays/Bank Holidays
Editor: Hilary Moorcroft
January 2022

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