Combwich Art Group

The art group meets on Monday afternoons from 2 pm to 4 pm in Otterhampton Village Hall in Combwich. We are a casual, friendly group who meet to draw or paint and have a chat about matters of art or otherwise.

The group was formerly run and genially tutored by John Bailey, who is enormously missed. John brought his own vast experience and skills to a bunch of would-be artists of varied ability and style, advising, demonstrating, pushing John Baileyus to apply ourselves – and all with great humour and sense. He always found good things to praise in any attempt, but would not let us off the hook all the same. None of us will ever forget his pet themes – tone is all important (don’t just outline), don’t use the rubber, be looser. We drew with our dominant hand, our wrong hand, with our eyes shut. We drew him, each other, objects such as his viola da gamba (a true challenge). We invented, copied pictures and tackled perspective. We are all the better for it.

We now continue to practise these skills on our own work, but are also occasionally inviting local artists in to tutor one-off sessions to broaden our horizons. These may be demonstrations or workshops in a variety of media and styles. For example, artist Richard Brazier took a session in October ’15. We may also organise art-related outings from time to time, such as a visit to an Arts Weeks venue recently.

Anyone with a couple of hours to spare on Monday afternoons is welcome to join us. Just pick up a pencil and come along – no special ability necessary! We provide our own materials, but these can be as basic or varied as you like.

For more information, call:

  • Jean           01278 653136
  • Gill              01278 652748
  • Rachel       01278 652914


Join us for Christmas songs …

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Carols by Candlelight poster

This will be the first event hosted entirely by the Combwich Community Choir … winners of ‘Combwich Has Talent’ 2015!

Come and join us for a relaxed evening of Christmas songs, combining a mixture of performance … and sing-a-long for those wishing to join in.   A good laugh guaranteed!

STAR is a local charity working with underprivileged Somerset children to give them experiences of music, art, drama and sport.  As we have managed to fund the event entirely through the generosity of the local community, all money raised through ticket sales and the raffle will go directly to the charity.



OPRA Kite Workshop

IMG_0503Another successful free kite making workshop was held in the village hall today, thanks to Mike Timmins pictured below who led the workshop. It was not clear who were the most enthusiastic, the parents or the children! Despite a rare day with little wind all the kites made were successfully flown.  If you have and idea for an event like this please contact OPRA.IMG_0510

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