Helpers ensure a fun-filled evening at painting society

From left to right. John Davies, Gary Miller and Maureen Aldous.
From left to right. John Davies, Gary Miller and Maureen Aldous.
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Terry Devaney from the Rowlands Castle Painting Society talks about the society’s Christmas party

MEMBERS of the Rowlands Castle Painting Society enjoyed a fun-filled evening at their Christmas party, which brought meetings in 2015 to a close.

Always a popular event in the society’s calendar, members new and old could mingle and socialise with friends and for the new members it was a chance to get to know the society a little better.

The organisers Barbara Wood, Sally Williams, Gill Dollery and a willing band of helpers, put in a lot of hard work to ensure the evening went well.

Guests enjoyed an American style buffet, beautifully laid out by Pat Hoper and her husband Ian, with friends Suzanne and Robert Hughes assisting.

Members had plenty of dishes to sample with beverages to quench the thirst, there was a particularly good fruit punch which proved to be very popular.

For the guests entertainment there were party games, including Name the Artist to test their knowledge and Guess the Object, fiendishly put together by organiser Sally Williams.

Some of the items were very baffling!

There was an excellent raffle with many prizes which added to the proceedings and thanks go to Leonard Wood who manned the raffle table for the entire evening.

Members had been invited to enter three competitions, to produce a Christmas card, a holiday painting and a wildlife photograph.

There were some very good entries and everyone had a chance during the evening to vote for the best entry.

Paddy Holmes, the patron of the society, presented the winners with their trophies bringing the evening to a close.

The wildlife photograph was won by John Davies, the holiday painting trophy went to Garry Miller and Maureen Aldous took the Christmas card trophy.

Nicky Verrecchia presented Paddy with a gift of fine wine as a thank you for giving her time yet again.

Paddy has also been instrumental in organising the foreign holidays for the society in past years, but is handing over the reins to Susan Webber who will take on this role.

It proved to be a very successful evening and an enjoyable one.

Rowlands Castle Painting Society meetings will resume on January 5, 2016.

New members are always welcome regardless of ability.

Anyone wanting information about this friendly society, please visit