Summer Programme 2015
Updated 17th July 2015
21st Apr Outdoor session - Home Farm, Middle Assendon ( Clive ) Laura Heard's farm where we will see polo ponies being prepared and exercised during the morning. Some will be tied up for us at the stables while others will be spectacularly exercised around the field ( four in hand sometimes. ) There is an American Barn if we need to dive indoors. Details will be mailed out to you.
28 Apr Herb Farm Sonning Common, Peppard Road RG4 9RJ ( Paddy ) www.herbfarm.co.uk At this popular venue there are interesting buildings and plants and pots galore not forgetting the excellent cafe and a loo. Please bring some cash to use in the cafe and even buy a plant if you wish. Park with thought for the customers who may want to shop there.
5 May PAVILION - CHANGE OF PLAN DUE TO BAD WEATHER FORECAST Work up your sketches or bring something else to do.
12 May Green and Gorgeous, South Stoke OX10 6AX (Helen) http://www.greenandgorgeousflowers.co.uk/findus Commercial flower growers. £5 charge, refreshments provided. Shelter in poly-tunnels if necessary. Loo.
19 May Caversham Court Gardens (Linda) Park in The Warren, off St Peter's Hill, Caversham and walk through the churchyard to get to Caversham Court Gardens. The suggestion is that we meet and paint at the riverside, looking at barges coming from under the bridge against the light. Your chance to do a Monet... Coffee shop opens at 11. Not sure about loos.
26 May Withymead Nature Reserve RG8 0HS (Edward) Between Goring and South Stoke. www.withymead.co.uk A riverside reserve with woodland, old buildings including a forge, a slipway in a wild setting. Bring your own coffee. Small amount of shelter. Loos. The ground could be wet or muddy so wear appropriate footwear.
2 June Ewelme OX10 6HU (Robbie/Helen) Meet near the school, then paint or sketch in the Almshouse cloisters or churchyard or anywhere in between. In the church if raining but nothing potentially messy there.
9 June Nuffield Place, Huntercombe RG9 5RY (Helen) www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nuffield-place The NT property owned by Lord Nuffield, industrialist and one of the country's greatest benefactors. Tea room and house if shelter required. Remember your NT card otherwise £8 entry. Note that the public are not allowed in until 11am but Helen has arranged access to the grounds at 10am for NewHearnsArt.
16 June Henley town centre (Meg) Urban sketching. Meet at the Town Hall steps.
23 June Ting Dean Marina, RG4 9RA (Robbie) Subjects offered are gin palaces (motor launches), barges (long boats), water trees. There is ample parking and toilets available with a few picnic tables and benches as well as areas to pitch easels giving quite good views. Approach from Henley along the Reading road via Shiplake until you get to the Caversham Park traffic lights. Just before that is a turning on the left signed for the Mathew Pincent and Steve Redgrave sailing academy. Take that drive and keep going to the bitter end, about a mile and a half.
30 June Chalkhouse Green Farm, RG4 9AL (Mr & Mrs Hall) www.chg.com (Helen) Beautiful house and gardens, farm buildings, pond, rare breeds. Mrs Hall will ply us with coffee and cake and would appreciate a donation (about £5) to their charity, Soundabout (communication through music for children with disabilities). From Henley, take the Peppard Rd to Emmer Green, turn right into Kidmore End Rd and follow this till you see a red telephone box and finger post pointing to Chalkhouse Green. Turn right and keep on to the end.
7 July Hurley (Mac) Meet on the island across the footbridge. Car park at the end of the road to Hurley, off the main Henley- Maidenhead road. Parking also along the road, but you may be fined if not in a designated parking bay! River views, lock, boats, etc. Coffee shop opens at 11. Loos. If wet, shelter in the church (or pub??). In Hurley itself: church, graveyard, Monks Barn, the Old Bell, cottages. Map will be sent with email.
14 July Cancelled
21 July Shiplake Lock (Paddy) Here are directions to Shiplake Lock if weather good:
From Henley:- Leave Henley on the A4155 towards Reading. After about a mile the road bends sharply to the right by Shiplake War Memorial carry on the main road for half a mile up a hill, at the top take the left turn to Lower Shiplake . Follow that road to the bottom of the hill and as it turns to the left go straight ahead. Park in this stretch of road on the right hand side by the hedge. There is a turning point so you can turn round and not park with the driver's door in the hedge side !! The footpath to the lock and river is on the right hand side by a tall brick wall.
From Reading direction Take A4155 towards Henley. Soon after passing Shiplake College on your right take the first right to Lower Shiplake and follow directions as above.
If the weather is dubious, Helen will email and we will go to her house instead. RG8 7SY (White Acres)
End of summer term. Next Hearns Art meeting is on 1st September in the Pavilion for those going on the Artbreak the following week.
Last updated by Helen