2018 Programme


2017 Programme


2016 Programme 

Outdoor Painting days start at 10am and finish by 4pm (unless otherwise stated), but you can arrive at
any time between these hours and stay for as long or as little as you wish. Beginners and more
experienced painters welcome. We are a very friendly and informal group, so please give it a try!
Bring your own art materials, chair and a packed lunch and car-share whenever possible. Don’t forget
your camera to capture images for future reference!

WEDNESDAY 18 MAY 2016 (11am – 3pm)
Description: Delightful spot – with shady tree lined road, pub, river/bridges, church and churchyard.
Stroll around and take your pick!
Cover: The Bush Inn
Directions: From Alton, take A31 towards Winchester. After Ropley, go straight over next
roundabout, continuing on A31, until you reach a big roundabout signed Alresford/Itchen Abbas. Turn
R. at roundabout towards Alresford (B3047), then take next L, signed for Ovington. Follow road and
park in pub car park.
Parking and toilets at The Bush Inn at Ovington, Alresford, Hants SO24 0RE.

WEDNESDAY 8 JUNE 2016 – 10am – 4pm
Description: A delightful 1 ½ acre garden running south from a beautiful 16th Century thatched
cottage, with formal lawn and packed borders, blending into more informal areas of perennial and
shrub planting to vegetables, fruit and wild flowers surrounding a gypsy caravan. Chickens, ducks and
guinea fowl.
Mr & Mrs Horton kindly make their downstairs loo available. There may be gazebo cover if wet, but
bring umbrellas!
Parking: You may park on the opposite side of the road. It is also possible to park up the drive
opposite Massey’s Folley, on the grass round the corner to the R.
Directions: 3 miles south of Alton off A32. At S. end of Lower Farringdon take road to Upper
Farringdon. At top of hill turn L into Church Rd, follow road to cottage on R, opposite church.

TUESDAY 5 JULY 2016 - 10am – 4pm
Description: Wild flower garden, lots of wild orchids. Also, small pretty garden alongside house with
garden room if raining. Plenty of parking.
Directions: From Alton on Basingstoke road, past Beech turn off on L, down valley at next bend to L.
Warren Farm on R.

TUESDAY 26 JULY 2016 (10am - 4pm)
Description: Sunny country garden with distant views across fields, old ivy-clad trees, copper beeches,
mixed borders and wild chalk downland flowers. Sunroom for shelter.
Directions: From Alton follow the A339 and take first left into Medstead Road, Beech, and follow the
road to Medstead High Street, past the church on your Right, straight on to Wield Rd, count 4 houses
after 1st road on Left and turn Left into drive of “Rest Harrow”. Continue to end.

Description: Magnificent setting with panoramic views over fields and forests. Sweeping mixed
borders, shrubberies and grasses. Spectacular colours. Old barn, lovely stone walls.
Cover: The old barn
Parking & toilets: in front of house
Directions: From Alton take B3004 to through E. Worldham and into Kingsley. Turn L into Sickles
Lane and continue onto Sickles Rd. Continue onto Wheatley Lane. House is on R.

2015 Programme: 

May 20th - Wynards Farm
June 9th - Wisley (group entrance £10.80 in advance)
July 16th - Art in Action at Waterperry Gardens (cost tba covers coach and entry)
September 1st- Churt Sculpture Park

2014 Programme

Wednesday 28th May – Jardinique Beech
Peter Forey is kindly hosting a sketching day but you may do your own thing too. Beautiful views, barns and a lovely house to choose from. Under cover available if weather bad. With kind permission of Ed and Sarah Neish. Please contact Peter or Sally Cox for more information on the venue. 
Directions : Take A339 out of Alton towards Basingstoke and turn left into Beech. Drive right through the village, approx. 2 miles and Jardinique is well signposted on the left.

A note from Peter:
For this day, those who wish to go and sketch on their own – that is fine. There are wonderful
things to sketch here.  For those who might like to try something different then if you could try to
bring the following it would help.  I will come prepared with supplies that may or may not go round.
We will experiment with two kinds of sketching:
Water soluble pencil
Lightweight board to support paper, a little larger than paper
Hot Pressed watercolour paper 140lb.  I suggest 10x7” is a reasonable size (you can buy in blocks)
Derwent watersoluble sketching pencils (they come in a variety of grades but a lightwash HB and medium wash 4B is quite sufficient)
Either a waterbrush – a brush that has a reservoir that you can fill with water OR a paintbrush and water.
Pen and wash
Lightweight board to support paper, a little larger than paper
Your usual watercolour paints and brushes with pots for water
Hot Pressed watercolour paper 140lb.  I suggest 10x7” is a reasonable size (you can buy in blocks)
Felt pen that is water insoluble (one that will not run if you apply water over it). I suggest a fine pen (0.05mm) – there are several brands out there: Staedtler pigment liner and the Edding pens are ones that I know are good.
White gouache paint (I will bring some so if you do not already use it then I can provide for today). 

And, as a reminder, you may need lunch, a stool and some warm clothing.  Jardinique is high on a hill and it is noticeable that it is two or three degrees less than the centre of Alton.  There is shelter so all is not bad.
Let us hope for good weather
Peter ForeyWednesday 18th June – Kingsley PondPart of Kingsley Heathland with beautiful water lilies.
Directions: Take the B3004 out of Alton towards Worldham. Park next to the Cricketers Pub.
Contact Ann Sayer nearer the date, if necessary.Tuesday 8th July – Hartley Wintney Cricket Green
Subjects include Pub, Village Ponds, Victorian Cottages, Farm House and views. 
Jill Bardwell is kindly taking the lead on this occasion so please contact her for further information. 
Directions: New Odiham Road, B3349 to Odiham. At roundabout turn right through village leaving via Farnham Road. At roundabout take first left for ¼ mile then turn right to Hartley Wintney approx. 3 miles.At A30 turn right (across dual carriageway) then straight on at traffic lights. At roundabout take 1st left (A33) B3011 then 1st right and follow signs for car park. Parking costs £3/£4 or hourly rates or just 2 hours for free around the green. Toilets available but there is no wet weather cover. Meet outside Cricketers Pub at 10.00am.(suggest car sharing where possible because of parking)
Wednesday 16th July – Alton Abbey (tbc)Peter Forey is kindly organising another sketching day, venue yet to be decided but hope it will be at Alton Abbey, Beech. Please contact Peter or Sally Cox for more information on the venue.
August:Possible small painting groups could get together at The Allen Gallery garden. Phone Sally Cox or Cheryl Thomas for confirmation.

Tuesday 9th September – Odiham Canal
There should be plenty of activity on the canal with the boats and wildlife. There is parking there and the Waterwitch pub is nearby. 
Directions: Take the A3349 out of Alton toward S. Warnborough and Odiham. On reaching the mini-roundabout at the entrance to the village, turn right and drive along the main street until you see a left hand lane, Colt Hill, down past the Waterwitch. Go over the bridge and there is parking space there. Contact Ann Sayer nearer the date, if necessary.