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The Derby & District National Trust Members’ Group at The Grange Banqueting Suite (Freemasons’ Hall), 457 Burton Road have a talk about Dame Laura Knight on Tuesday 21 November at 2pm. The speaker is David Parry and the illustrated talk is mainly about the artist’s life rather than her painting technique. 
No need to book, just go along. Admission is £5 for non-DDNTMG group members.  Alternatively, you can join the group for £7 yearly membership and pay just £2.50 per meeting.  


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Our popular annual club lunch is booked 12.30 for 1pm on 24 January at Mickleover Golf Club.

All Derby Sketching Club members are welcome to bring a guest along. Menu selection to be made in advance. Food choices and bookings to be made at any Portrait or Life Drawing session.

Price for the three course lunch with coffee is £26.00. Please make payments in cash or by cheque payable to J Read.

Thanks to our Chairman for organising this. 



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Jeremy Bournon, friend of Derby Sketching Club and judge of this year’s Trophy Exhibition demonstrates acrylic painting techniques. Jeremy is a professional artist and former Head of Art at Repton School. This is promising to be an inspiring and entertaining evening. 

This was originally arranged for 17 November. Please make a note of this new date.



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Our recent club outing to Liverpool on 19 October took 32 of us to the city of Liverpool. The Walker Art Gallery was our first port of call with its superb permanent collection and the John Moore’s Painting Prize Competition currently showing.


We the coach took us onward  to the Lady Lever Art Gallery at Port Sunlight. An entertaining guided tour around the gallery’s impressive permanent collection gave us some background on the artists, the paintings and the history of the gallery.


Also on display there was an exhibition of a set of watercolour drawings known as the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker. The numerous reproductions we are so familiar with don’t do them justice. The 40 or so original paintings, figures in a botanical setting are stunningly beautiful.

A good day out, all in all. Where are we going next?…


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Our friends at Derby Museum and Art Gallery are staging two life drawing sessions on 25 November.

The venue is the beautiful Grade II listed former Derby Library building The Wardwick. There is a beginners session 12-1pm priced at £5 and an intermediate session 2-4pm for those with some prior experience of life drawing priced at £10. Materials are provided or you are welcome to bring your own.

Space is limited so booking is essential:



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Ian as a Club committee member. A detail from a painting by Peter Valentine.


“Yesterday, Wednesday August 14th 2023 we saw Ian off on his final journey. About twenty Club members and their partners gathered at Trent Valley  Crematorium to join Ian’s family and friends,

Ian’s coffin, carried by six bearers, was draped with a tartan cloth, presumably a Davidson tartan, and entered the chapel, to the sound of bagpipes.

The celebrant introduced himself, thanked the bearers and then proceeded with a celebration of Ian’s life by outlining his achievements. Briefly, he mentioned Derby Green Lane Art School, where Ian specialised in sculpture, his years as an engineer officer in the merchant navy and his time as a production manager at Rolls Royce.

The next item was a recording of a Scottish air, Flowers of the Forest, which was one of Ian’s favourite tunes.

Two adult grandsons were called to the front to add their thoughts on their grandad’s life. The first one to speak had obviously prepared a fine speech which praised his grandad’s kindness and good humour. Touchingly, his emotions brought him close to tears, but he manfully forced himself to complete his spoken essay. As the second grandson began to speak a loud mobile telephone began to ring. With great restraint he fell silent until the unfortunate noisy phone was turned off. Then he muttered into the microphone, “Grandad would have loved that incident”.

The celebrant then took us briefly, into the realms of religion by asking us to join him in The Lord’s Prayer.

Finally,  a recording of that lovely song , ‘ Time to say Goodbye,’ was played while the uniformed usher led us out of the chapel.

It was a sincere, well arranged and sensitive celebration of his life.

 After the service we were invited to the Malt Shovel pub which is a short stroll from the cottage where Ian had lived and his frequent watering hole. A good gathering of guests enjoyed the drinks and snacks on offer amid a noisy buzz of conversation. When people were settled into their various groups, one of Ian’s grandsons said that he would raise a donation to the Sketching Club  in gratitude for the pleasure and peace of mind which the club had given his grandfather. He would like it to be used for a coach trip to some artistic venue. It was a kind gesture which was gladly accepted.

We, in turn, will be giving a donation to Ian’s chosen charity, that of Retired merchant seamen.”

Joseph Read  (Chairman)