As we were founded in 1945, our Society celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2015. We are looking forward to our 75th anniversary next year. We were delighted that the Former Mayor and Mayoress of Hillingdon came to join us at our Private View of our 70th Spring Exhibition that year to help celebrate with us for our special anniversary.
There are approximately thirty members in our Society at the present time, all local artists and we like to welcome guests to our monthly meetings. We meet on The Manor Farm Complex, at the moment in The Winston Churchill Hall Lounge, on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30 p.m. At the meetings, we have professional artists demonstrating different styles and media. These demonstrations are always very interesting, informative and entertaining.
We are very lucky in that we are supported by a grant from Hillingdon Borough Council which is an enormous help to us..
During the year, we hold two exhibitions in The Cow Byre, one in the spring and one in the autumn. Some years we also hold a summer exhibition. Every year we like to join in the Combined Arts Exhibition in the Great Barn. We also take part in other indoor and outdoor exhibitions during the year and, if possible, go out for painting days during the summer (when the weather permits!). We always enjoy the outdoor activities and find it a good opportunity to socialise more with the members of our Society and also members of the public. We have been on outings together – we have been on a river trip to Runnymede and visited National Trust properties. We hope these outings will become regular events.
We like to be involved in any Hillingdon events, previously ArtsWeek, then Arts Festival (Culture Bite) and now called Hillingdon Arts in Action, and try to hold a Painting Day and an Outdoor Exhibition during that time. We also joined in the Medieval Festival at the Manor Farm Site during August for many years which is always a very lively event, although unfortunately it hasn’t been held since 2015.
Every year in the autumn/early winter we hold a Quiz Evening and Supper which is popular with our members and their guests.
Our Chairman, Mrs. Kay McGoay, is one of our longest serving members to date. There are quite a few members who have been with the Society for many years and we are very proud of our excellent artists and their work. Joyce Carpenter, Exhibition Secretary, has been with the Society for roughly twenty years and has been Exhibition Secretary for eighteen. Barbara Porket, our Programme Secretary, is now our Treasurer as well.
As mentioned above, we are always delighted to welcome visitors to our meetings and obviously, also like to welcome new members.
Members of the Committee:
Chairman Mrs Kay McGoay
Exhibition Secretary Mrs Joyce Carpenter
Treasurer Mrs Barbara Porket
Secretary Mrs Sally Bird
Programme Secretary Mrs Barbara Porket
Mrs Christine Hale
Mrs Silveen Purdy
Mr Marcello Ginesi