We got off to a flying start in the first January meeting, in our new venue, the Ashley Room. Group members found the room warm, bright and inviting, and most of us settled to develop new projects. We are a mixed ability group who work principally in watercolours, acrylics and pastels, and meet on the first and third Thursday of each month at 2pm. Members are free to follow their own interests, but sometimes we decide upon a group theme, stimulus or idea. Whatever we do, Derek is certain to be on hand to support and advise, and encourage us to develop new skills and techniques. We are an exceptionally friendly group, always prepared to help each other and learn from each other. New members, irrespective of ability and experience, will be made very welcome.