Felpham Art Group


Lady Caroline Marshall


                                                                                                    Correspondence to:

                                                                                                     19, Marlborough Court

                                                                                                     West Meads,

                                                                                                     Bognor Regis,

                                                                                                     PO21 5QH

                                                                                                     6th October 2016





Dear Member,



                               SATURDAY 29th OCTOBER 2016


As in previous years, I am writing to you in advance of our Annual General Meeting to ensure that all our members are apprised of the Group’s progress year by year. Every member’s view of Felpham Art Group is important to me and if any of you want to make suggestions about our programme of events, or put forward any ideas for improvements, I will be pleased to hear them.


At times like this. it is worth reminding ourselves that the overall aim of Felpham Art Group remains the same, as it has always been, to inspire, encourage, and support our members and give them opportunities to display their art. Your Committee and I will continue, with your help, to do our utmost to achieve that aim.  


This letter covers the following topics: Review of the year, Our Committee, and the Way Forward.




Overall it has been another successful and highly enjoyable year for Felpham Art Group.  It has been a year marked by


  • Self-reliance – The Felpham Art Group Trailer


  • Community Involvement – The Felpham Parish Council Gateway Project, The Felpham Sailing Club Exhibition, and our continuous exhibition at The Bognor War memorial Hospital


  • Paintings of a consistently high standard;


  • Good teamwork.








This year has seen the purchase and use of the Felpham Art Group Trailer. The purchase was made possible by a grant of £1000 from Joint Western Arun Area Committee. Well done Mavis for making the application!


The advantages which come with the trailer can be summarised as follows:-


(1)   Improved access to our display boards and other exhibition equipment;

(2)   The ability to transport our exhibition equipment without the expenditure of removal costs or the hire of display boards.

(3)   Storage outside the Felpham Village Hall and, in particular, no more struggling to store and retrieve our equipment from the old projection room.


The trailer has removed our previous storage problems at the Felpham Village Hall, but we still needed somewhere to park the trailer, My thanks go to Hilary Sykes and the rest of the Felpham Village Hall Management Team for allocating us a parking space for the trailer for which we pay the reasonable charge of £10 per month.


Then, of course, we needed volunteers from our membership to tow the trailer to and from our exhibition venues – unfortunately,  no one on your Committee has such experience  nor tow bar on their cars.  Thanks to the generosity and patience of certain members’ husbands, we quickly formed a Trailer Team and a rota for the various exhibitions.

Our gratitude goes to our Trailer Team, viz:-  

Ed Hite, husband of our member Mary Hite,

David Crawford, husband of our late member, Jacky,

John Frame, husband of Hilary

Mike Porter, husband of Kathy


We also received considerable practical help and advice from Mike Porter, together with contributions from Dominic Carlton and Laurie Tubb.




 Last year I told you that Felpham Parish Council had redifferent story quested our involvement in their Gateway Project, the aim of which is to design a ‘Welcome to Felpham’ road sign. I am proud to report that 9 members submitted paintings to the Parish Council who actually selected 5 paintings for 4 different road signs and one for the Promenade in Felpham. The 5 members selected are Grayham Goll, Phil King, Helen Dungey, Reg Marlow, and Mike Merry. On your behalf, I have congratulated them all and, in time to come, we will see their work at various sites around Felpham.

What an honour for Felpham Art Group!


With regards to other invitations from the Community, we again held another successful and very enjoyable exhibition at Felpham Sailing Club on Sunday 3rd July.


Also, as happened last year, Felpham Art Group was represented by 7 of our members at The Bognor Hospital Annual Fete on 30th July.


 It is also well to remember that we now have a continuous exhibition of 26 paintings at the Bognor Regis Memorial Hospital.


 Under the excellent management of our liaison member, Shirley Sadler, there are now quarterly changeovers of the paintings thus enabling all members to exhibit if they wish to. There are regular sales throughout the year benefitting both the artists and The Friends of Bognor Hospital, which is the Group’s adopted charity. I do know how much our paintings are appreciated by both staff, patients, and visitors.




As regards the Group’s programmed events over the year, I hope I have captured the most salient points below:-



·       Exhibitions


Again high on the list of our successes  were our Exhibitions, held again at the Norfolk Centre, Arundel. We more than covered our costs at each of them. Overall we exhibited a grand total of 1149   paintings and sold a highly creditable 157. We were visited by literally hundreds of people. Even if not buying, most visitors were extremely complimentary about the standard and range of our paintings. Well done to  all contributors! Equally, well done to all the stewards and kitchen staff for their contribution – it was a real team effort!


Unfortunately, it was a  different story for our Sea Front Exhibitions. In a typical English  summer of changeable weather, we unluckily lost two of our four Sundays to bad weather. Nevertheless, the two exhibitions which did take place were highly enjoyable and successful. Also we did have The Sailing Club Exhibition as some compensation, and we hope to repeat this in the future.




·       Demonstrations and Talks


With regard to the rest of the programme, centred on The Village Hall.   Thanks to Grayham, we did not lose a single event last year.        

The programme proved to be wonderfully diverse, ranging across different media, varying styles, and various topics. The following are some of my highlights for the year:

·       Once more, we were enthralled by Anthony Slinn’s informative and entertaining talk; this time his subject was ‘The Post Impressionists’

·       Bill Newton produced a fine seascape in water colours and returned for a one-day workshop in October;  

·       Max Hale painted a brilliant portrait in oils of  our  member, Mary Hite who promptly bought the finished article.;

·       Marcus Finch provided a constructive  and uplifting critique on members’ paintings which was greatly appreciated by all.

·       David White entertained us again with his fantastic paintings of ‘Cats and Dogs’ in acrylics ; 

·       Stephen Cheeseman brought us an enjoyable and informative afternoon, completing a painting of a  ‘group of cyclists’ in Qor water colours;

·        Rebecca De Mendonca returned to display her amazing skill with pastels, this time her subject was ‘Exmoor Ponies’;

·       Following the summer exhibitions, we were treated on two successive demonstrations by the expert husband-and-wife water colour artists, Terry Harrison and Fiona Peart. Both proved to be highly enjoyable, very skilled and very informative.


·       Workshops  


This year’s whole-day workshops were very well received. I think members who attended were pleased to have a whole day to develop and produce a painting… and what terrific paintings they produced!.  During these workshops, we had a lot of fun and inspiration from a range of visiting artists.


We all thoroughly enjoyed:-

·       Marcus Finch who facilitated a lovely life-drawing class;

·       Our own, Brenda Thompson who guided us to produce a striking  landscape with acrylics and sponge;

·       Phil Biggs who enabled us to produce a classical landscape in water colours;

·       Our own, Hilary Frame who used her considerable talents to help us to produce a ‘townscape’ painting in water colours

We provided lunch at these events, or more correctly,  Joan and John Mayger, prepared and provided our lunch. We are extremely grateful to Joan and John for all their consistent support. The lunches received ‘rave reviews’ from all concerned.





·       The Annual Social Event


Once again, we held an informal party in the Felpham Village Hall, with quizzes, a raffle, party snacks, and musical entertainment from John Thompson, who sang a solo accompanied by Mavis on the saxophone, followed by singing carols, poems from Monica Kotulla and June Worsell, and a soliloquy from some strange man who wandered in off the street, wearing a wig and a cloak!


 Whilst not forgetting those who would like a more formal occasion, we would be remiss if we did not repeat this event this year.


·       The Website   www.felphamartgroup.com


Since the last AGM, our website has progressed well under the management of Richard Noble, to whom we are extremely grateful. As you know, our website provides details of our programme, and also provides a first contact point for many membership enquiries. Our website address has now been incorporated on our new signage for exhibitions and on our trailer. Take a look at it and tell us what you think.


Well done Richard!  




In line with our constitution, two Committee Members must stand down each year and may seek re-election if they wish to. This year, it is Shirley and Lin whose turn it is to step down.

Lin Biffen is prepared to carry on as our publicity officer. She handles all publicity matters very effectively, making sure that we are mentioned in a long list of publications. She is also a great help at all our exhibitions.


Shirley Sadler is our very competent  Bognor Hospital Liaison but wishes to stand down this time if another member is prepared to step into this important role. Shirley has done a tremendous job for us in the role and would clearly support the person who takes over. We need a nomination before the AGM is someone is willing.


As you know, Mavis is our Treasurer and acting Membership Secretary and again I applaud her commitment and hard work on behalf of the Group. She is an asset to the Group in so many ways and also a terrific support to me.


The remaining Committee Members are all prepared to carry on in their existing roles.

Grayham Goll continues as my deputy and programme secretary, a role in which he has excelled, providing a range of interesting and diverse events throughout the year. He also contributes to the smooth running of the Group in numerous ways.

Brenda Goll continues as our Minute Secretary but also provides tremendous support to Mavis at all events in the administration and financial aspects of the Group.

Phil King  works hard for the Group especially in setting and taking-down exhibitions. He is also the Group’s photographer which means that he is a regular attendee at all our events.

Mike Merry  has given lots of support at Committee and exhibitions in particular

Monica Kotulla is our newest Committee Member and has already proved her commitment and  support in a number of ways. After being formally voted onto the Committee, she has been nominated as  Membership Secretary and, no doubt, will prove to be very efficient in that very important role.


I also acknowledge that there are a growing number of members who make important contributions to the running of the Group and freely help at our events. For example, at our exhibitions, Heidi and her husband, Jean-Claude Cabooter are regular helpers in all sorts of ways, so too is Dave Reeves, Peter Worsell, and Roger Billington.

 My heartfelt thanks to you all.


Last, but not least,  I am especially grateful to Joan Mayger who manages all our catering arrangements. A measure of someone’s worth is how difficult it is to cope when they are absent. We have found this recently when Joan has had a medical problem and has been unable to attend. We all wish her a speedy recovery. She is a terrific asset to us all.


THE WAY FORWARD  - Looking to the coming year


Below I have summarised some of the issues to which our attention will be given in the coming year.


·       We will continue to improve our exhibition equipment;

·       We will continue to develop our website;

·       We will continue to develop our programme to meet Members’ preferences.

 I hope you will see a number of examples in the forthcoming programme where we have responded to feedback or events that have gone well.

·       We will respond positively to all invitations from local organisations for joint events or support.







At the end of another very enjoyable and successful year, it is my wish that

you all continue to enjoy your Art and that your appreciation of Art is enhanced by your membership of Felpham Art Group.



                                                             Terry Collins - Chairma