French Conversation

Anne Foster; 01706 814623; thefostershq@yahoo.co.uk
2.00 to 4.00pm, alternating between the Fire Station Community Room and the upstairs room in the Fielden Centre. Pease contact Anne.

Anne Foster; 01706 814623; thefostershq@yahoo.co.uk
2.00 to 4.00pm, alternating between the Fire Station Community Room and the upstairs room in the Fielden Centre. Pease contact Anne.


A smallish group of people with some spoken French who wish to improve their conversational skills by participating in an informal group,covering topics which are of practical use or of interest to the participants.

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Creative Writing Group

Barbara Griffiths; 01706 876984; barbiegriff@gmail.com
2nd and 4th Thursdays, every month. 2.00 – 4.00pm, TCRC room.

Barbara Griffiths; 01706 876984; barbiegriff@gmail.com
2nd and 4th Thursdays, every month. 2.00 – 4.00pm, TCRC room.


2017 was very much a good year for the Creative Writing Group as we gained some new members who not only fitted into our close knit group really well but also brought with them some new ideas and some different styles of writing. Our topics for the year have been wide and varied and, although we are usually all writing to the same topic each month, we are often offered prose, poetry, reporting, play script or monologue.

A selection of the topics covered last year included: –

Throw Out The Old/Sweet Seventeen   The Rocket Ship/Interview  Celebrations/Showers, Flowers And Fools   A Fairytale/ May Or May Not    Fear/Swinging And Sliding    Just Passing The Time Of Day/Misunderstanding  Missing/Absentmindedness     The October Revolution       The Plot/Why Didn’t I Say Something?

 

“On  The Spot” activities included writing poems, descriptions of characters, places or objects, writing from a story start or to a given ending and developing lateral thinking. Many of these activities caused some of us to step out of our comfort zone but we all agree, at the end of each session, that it has been both satisfying and good fun even if it has stretched us somewhat!

Barbara Griffiths (Convenor)

This is a collaborative/co-operative group, comprising people who write in poetry or prose for any reason/at any level. There are about fifteen of us, with a core of seven or eight. The first anthology has recently been published.

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Topics explored so far include: The Dance, Rights, Cream, Pen, Local Current Affairs, Red Herrings, The Warmest Season, The Argos Catalogue, Christmas. More to come!

We are pleased to announce the release of our new book On TheWriteLines, which is available  from www.lulu.com at the price of £7.99p plus post and packing.

Concert party

Rita Olley; 01706 819926; ritaandreg@todonline.co.uk
Friday, 2.00 – 4.00pm, Various locations

Rita Olley; 01706 819926; ritaandreg@todonline.co.uk
Friday, 2.00 – 4.00pm, Various locations


Do you like to “sing along” but never thought of joining a choir?

Do you like to trip the light fantastic but thought you weren’t “strictly” material?

Do you like a good laugh even if the joke isn’t that funny?

Do you like to make people smile?  

Have you ever thought of joining the Senior Moments Concert Party? No talent needed, just a wish to bring joy and fun to the residents of care homes.

Concert Christmas

We meet most Fridays 2pm to 4pm for rehearsals.

Practical Art

Wendy Coates; 01706 344821; coateswendy1@gmail.com
and Mike Peace; michael_peace2@hotmail.com
Alternate Fridays, 11.00am – 1.30pm, Fielden Centre

Wendy Coates; 01706 344821; coateswendy1@gmail.com
and Mike Peace; michael_peace2@hotmail.com
Alternate Fridays, 11.00am – 1.30pm, Fielden Centre


We have had a busy year, with rising numbers in the group. We now have thirty two members and if everyone came one Friday, we would be sitting on the windowsills at the Fielden! We also have another new associate convenor, Corinne Roberts, who brings her long experience in Art teaching so generously to the group. She joins Mike Peace as the second Professional artist to teach the class.

We have had a varied programme, as usual, from how to use our own photos in paintings, adjusting the composition by using framing, to technical lessons on aerial perspective and strategies with watercolour. We looked at painting perfect watercolour skies with Sue Hayter and drawing techniques with Mike. Corinne introduced us to the delights of Oil pastels, one session devoted to using them as resists. Two new media, Inktense and Scraperboard have been experimented with and we have used Acrylics as well as watercolours. As a fun last session before Christmas, we painted silk scarves in the dipping method and had a Jacob’s Join party.

In this New Year we hope to introduce everyone to the delights of block and mono printing( when we can assemble the equipment needed!  ) and also to mixed media as used in a more abstract approach.

At the general meeting in March, we have the five minute slot to explain what the Practical Art class is all about and hope to show the large mural we produced on Todmorden and the surrounding area, as well as some of the other wonderful pictures painted by our talented members We may also have our own exhibition, if we can find a suitable venue in town and organise a couple of visits to art galleries, as requested in our survey of what people wanted from their group and how they saw the Practical Art going forward in the next year or so. We are also setting up a library system so members can borrow books and videos from our increasing store. Roy Harfield, who with Liz, has  just downsized and so has been ‘ considering’ what to keep, has generously donated many beautiful picture frames from his days as a professional photographer, to sell as a boost to Practical Art funds. We may use the money raised to buy equipment for group use or put it towards a Life Study model or an outside demonstration.

The practical Art Group have been trying our hand at drawing and painting reflective surfaces. We are also holding a sketchbook competition to inspire members to use one throughout the summer and this will be judged later in the year.Our group is now full and people wishing to join us will go on a waiting list.

In the words of Clive Dunn “Don’t panic!”, we have Mike to lead us gently into topics and I think you’ll find it interesting and fun to look at other ways of seeing and painting.

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In July, weather permitting, we hope to have a painting session outside as we did last year.

Concentration !
Concentration !

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Art Appreciation / History

Mary Findon; 01706 814022; w.m.findon@btinternet.com
1st Thursday of the month, 2.00 – 3.30 pm, Fielden Centre

Mary Findon; 01706 814022; w.m.findon@btinternet.com
1st Thursday of the month, 2.00 – 3.30 pm, Fielden Centre


Colony Art Gallery in Rochdale.

The group was treated to some fantastic art and  the chance to talk to Anthony and Richard about the work on display as well as hot drinks and much better biscuits than we usually get at our meetings.

Art Appreciation at Colony Art colony art visit

We were able to get much closer to the work than is usually possible in the galleries we visit.

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In addition we could go into Richard’s (Fitton) studio as well even if we had be careful to avoid getting covered in paint!

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Summery of Activities 2017

The group meets once a month.  There were four visits out in 2017.  We went to The Haworth Gallery in Accrington to see their Tiffany glass collection in February and followed this up with a visit to John Ditchfield’s Studio on The Fylde in May.  August saw the group at The Hepworth in Wakefield to see several exhibitions including the Howard Hodgkin exhibition ’Painting India’.  Then in November it was the newly reopened Leeds City Art Gallery with exhibitions ranging from the 20th century radical sculptor Joseph Beuys to the sketches of the 19th century water-colourist Joseph Cotman.

The remaining meetings were held in Todmorden and included visiting speakers:  local ceramist/artist Gary Thomas speaking about his work on paper and Angela Jarman speaking about her Aunt Peggy the famous botanical artist Margaret Mee.    Group members gave presentations on a range of topics including The Mosaics of Ravenna, The Radical Eye exhibition of Elton John’s photographic collection, Photographers different approaches to photographing people, Chagall’s stained glass, the glass worker Sam Herman, Art That Works.  Many of the group turned up for a talk on ‘Yarns – Is Knitting an Art Form?’  wearing red hats or scarves and some knitted during the talk.  We were also introduced to an image of a knitted full size red Ferrari in another talk on The Art of Knitting.  One of the highlights of the year was delivery of a piece of ‘performance art’ during a short talk on Dadaism.

We started the year by viewing and discussing a DVD on Auerbach and finished the year with our annual quiz which ended with several tie break questions to decide which team would receive the ‘wooden spoon’ prize.IMG_4203 prize giving at art appreciation talk

This group enjoys a variety of activities including:

  • Visits to exhibitions and galleries
  • Attending lectures
  • Viewing and discussing videos / DVD’s on art-related topics
  • Discussing individual artists or artistic movements
  • Others that develop along with the group.

The group will not restrict itself to paintings but may also cover photography, sculpture, architecture etc. dependent on member’s interests.