People’s Choice goes to Steve

   People’s Choice – Kingfisher, by Steve Sidebottom

  Members’ Choice – Wild Wood by Pauline Collins.

Winner of the people’s vote, given by visitors during the annual exhibition, went to ‘The Kingfisher’ by Steve Sidebottom, after votes were counted by chairman Polly Carr at last week’s meeting. The Members’ Choice award went to Pauline Collins for her painting ‘Wild Wood’.

Lodge 39th Annual Exhibition is on now!

This year the exhibition is in The Farmhouse Gallery and is open daily from 12noon to 3.30pm throughout December. Great chance to buy some original art at reasonable prices.


Rosie Rimmer’s oil painting of ‘The Pike’ won the Ray Landless Best in Show award and the first painting to sell was by George Horsfield which sold on the preview night


See exhibition page for details of other winners.

Members’ Christmas party 2017

Christmas panel goes up at B.W.A.R.A. !

The colourful display of festive squares created each year by Lodge members brings Christmas cheer to the headquarters and is generally enjoyed by all the club members.

Our 39th Annual Exhibition is coming up!

Lodge members are busy preparing work for our fantastic annual exhibition which will be in The Farmhouse Gallery, Astley Park from 2nd to 23rd December inclusive, plus 30th & 31st December, with a preview evening on Friday 1st December 7pm.

Members chose a painting by George Horsfield entitled ‘Miss P.’ to feature on publicity material for the exhibition.

Opening times are: 12 noon until 3-30 pm daily. Entry free. Come and see some fabulous original paintings by local artists, available to buy at bargain prices.

Chorley Guardian article October ’17

Members and Guests enjoy Lodge Social Evening


Another successful social evening was held at Lodge HQ this week. Guest from other local art groups joined us for a relaxed evening and art competition, with quiz, supper and raffle prizes. Paintings were selected by each society and everyone voted for their two favourites. Winner was George Horsfield for his painting, which is being used on publicity for our annual exhibition. Second prize was awarded to Elise Hendry and in third place was her husband Dave Hendry. The couple were on their honeymoon having recently married.




Our 39th Annual Exhibition is coming up!

Lodge members are busy preparing work for our fantastic annual exhibition which will be in The Farmhouse Gallery, Astley Park from 2nd to 23rd December inclusive, plus 30th & 31st December, with a preview evening on Friday 1st December 7pm.

Opening times are: 12 noon until 3-30 pm daily. Entry free. Come and see some fabulous original paintings by local artists, available to buy at bargain prices.

Come along to our one-day Exhibition

One day only Sunday 17th September at our HQ in Brinscall. Paintings by local artists to view and buy. Entrance Free. 10am – 4pm. Everyone welcome!


Lodge Artists’ ‘Summertime’ Exhibition

Farmhouse Gallery, Astley Park, Chorley Friday 30th June 2017 to Sunday 30th July 2017. Entry Free!

Ken Bromley Cover Competition – open for entries

deadline 7th July 2017.



Lodge member tries pleine air painting.

I entered and painted at the Painting Padiham day on 13th May. Works are being shown at The Picture House Gallery in Padiham from 20th May till 3rd June.  I painted at the Riverside at Padiham.  I am pleased I came up with half decent painting in the time and only took 1 HR 15 mins!! In hindsight I could have done it again a bit better and corrected mistakes but was so excited at doing well I just handed it in!!! – Lodge Artists member Nicola Pearson

Don’t miss New Longton’s Exhibition!

Well done George!

Lodge member George Horsfield was awarded ‘Best in Show’ at this year’s Brownedge Festival, for his charcoal portrait entitled ‘Young Marilyn’.

Guardian covers results..

Christmas Wall is up!

Our ever-popular Christmas wall, made up of squares painted by members, is now on display at our HQ at B.A.W.R.A. in Brinscall.

Annual Exhibition results

MP Lindsay Hoyle declared that the Society is clearly going from strength to strength as he presented the awards to the winning artists at the 38th Annual Exhibition in Astley Hall on Friday 11th November 2016.

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Best in show Ray Landless trophy was awarded to Rosie Rimmer for her painting in mixed media – ‘The Ocean’.

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The Ron Hobson ‘Wildlife Trophy’ was awarded to George Horsfield for a dramatic ink drawing entitled

‘Rhino’ and June Crawford won the ‘John Buckles Memorial Trophy’ for her pastel painting of ‘Bertie and Bess’.

Six other members received ‘Highly Commended’ awards for paintings that judge Gerry Halpin MBE felt showed particular creative skills.

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These were: Brenda Smith for her water colour ‘Walk through the woods’, Stephen Cross for his oil on

canvas ‘The Path by the Lodge’, Roger Gillett for his pencil drawing ‘Making a Splash’, Pat Richardson for

Harvest Time, Loz Lomax for Copse Sunlight, and Val Jones for Summer Harbour.

The exhibition is open every weekend until 18th December. 12noon – 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday through November and 10am – 4.30pm December.


Tribute to Sheila Poole

(who died 1st October 2016)


Sheila was a much loved member of The Lodge Artists Society, Chorley and until recently came to meetings especially when we had a guest speaker. She was a talented artist, willing to share her knowledge with others.

Sheila was a very interesting person who had many hobbies an skills, we have missed her as her health deteriorated preventing her from living the active life she had always loved. 

Sheila’s son, Kevin Poole, writes “She was very frustrated that her health kept her from carrying on with the Lodge, which she had always immensely enjoyed – she still treasured the photo album from her 80th birthday celebrations with you in 2009.  I remember coming to a meeting with her a few years ago, and I was struck by the warmth and friendliness of everyone.  She always took us to see the annual show at Astley Hall if we visited when it was on.” 

Don’t miss our annual exhibition in Astley Hall

Every Saturday and Sunday from 12th November to 18th December. Preview evening Friday 11th 6.30pm – all welcome. Opening times 12noon – 4.30pm November and 10am – 4.30pm December.


Farmhouse Exhibition a Great Success once again!

This year thousands of visitors came to see the ‘Summertime’ exhibition – 1,100 over the Chorley Flower Show weekend alone – and 12 paintings were sold. Many people also took away flyers with an invitation to attend a meeting free of charge and see what the art club is all about. New members are always welcome.


Farmhouse Gallery, Astley Park – Summertime Theme.

Exhibition in the Farmhouse Gallery 2nd July to 30th July.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon until 3-30 pm

Members hanging the paintings

Members hanging the paintings

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Guardian 12:1:16 Read about it in this week’s Chorley Guardian!


Pauline wins Members’ Choice and Public Choice awards.

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Every year visitors are invited to vote for their favourite painting in the Lodge Artists’ Annual Exhibition, held this time in the new Farmhouse Gallery in Astley Park during November and December.

The Members also have a separate vote for their favourite piece of work. This year Pauline Collins won both awards for her beautiful acrylic painting ‘The Bay’ which featured a sky of dramatic clouds and beautiful shades of blue, mauve, pink and grey in the wet sands, with flocks of seabirds. ‘The Bay’ also won the ‘wildlife award’ judged by local artist Anthony Barrow at the preview in November. Pauline won the Members’ Choice award last year for her painting ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, also a seascape.

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Runner up for the People’s Choice was a painting with images of Chorley by Jackie Williams, soon to be on display in the town hall, and in third place a seascape by Judith Herring.


The exhibition was enjoyed by over 2,000 people during the 6 week run, and 16 paintings were sold. A special painting donated by one of the society’s regular demo artists, Harry Caunce, after a recent visit to the Society, was also on display during the exhibition and raffle tickets were sold for it in support of St.Catherine’s Hospice. Visitor Gillian Smith pulled out the winning ticket on Saturday 20th December, the final day of the exhibition, and the winner was Debbie Carr. Debbie’s husband Graham and son Calum received the painting on her behalf from Chairman Polly. The raffle raised £115 for the Hospice.

Calum and Graham Carr with Lodge Chairman Polly


Our Christmas wall at Lodge HQ

Christmas wall 2015

Once more this year Lodge members have created a Christmas wall 7′ x 4′ for B.W.A.R.A. members to enjoy.

‘Giant Thistle’ wins Best in Show award

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Presenting the awards at the preview night of the 37th Annual Lodge Artists’ Exhibition in The Farmhouse Gallery on 13th November, the Mayor of Chorley, Councillor Marion Lowe, said that she already has a painting on her wall at home which was purchased eight years ago when her Consort was Mayor and performed the same duty for the Society.

Judge Anthony Barrow, a well-known local artist and tutor who is familiar with Lodge members from his demonstrations and workshops over recent years, said it took him a long time to choose the winners as the standard is so impressive. He was influenced by technique, use of colour and artistic quality and particularly favoured those works that showed an interesting variety of texture.

The top award ‘Best in Show’ was won by Pat Richardson for her painting ‘Giant Thistle’. Best pastel painting award went to Polly Carr for ‘From Arran’ and the Wildlife prize to Pauline Collins for ‘The Bay’.

Others who received the six ‘highly commended’ awards were Julia Rowley, Jackie Henry, Stephen Cross, Jackie Williams, Rosie Rimmer and Janet Cardwell.

‘The People’s Choice’ will be announced at the end of the exhibition and everyone who visits is encouraged to vote for their favourite painting. The exhibition is attracting a lot of attention and many paintings have already been sold but remain on display until the close.

The exhibition is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12noon – 3.30pm.

See all the winning paintings in our gallery.


Astley '15 poster  Lodge exhibition

37th Annual Exhibition starts this weekend!

Preview evening 7pm. this Friday (13th November).

Harry Caunce Workshop

Lodge artists enjoyed a special Harry Caunce workshop last Saturday at their B.W.A.R.A. headquarters in Brinscall.

Digital Camera

Digital Camera

Digital Camera

Brenda wins October Competition to feature on the Poster and Programme

with her colourful work ‘Echinaleas’ created in oil pastels.


Winner poster comp


Brenda Smith’s painting was chosen by members to feature on the advertising material for this year’s exhibition in Astley Park. Because of refurbishment, this year’s exhibition will be held in The Farmhouse Gallery, not Astley Hall. Members display up to 5 paintings each in the hope of winning one of the awards and maybe selling some in the weeks from 13th November to 20th December.

Lodge welcome neighbouring art groups to Social Evening


social evening


60 members and guests enjoyed a social evening at Lodge HQ on Wednesday 30th September with hotpot supper and prizes for the quiz and the painting competition. The winning painting, by David Halliwell of Westhoughton art group, was chosen from approx 30 paintings submitted from all groups represented. Second prize went to Steve Sidebottom of Lodge Artists. Prizes were also awarded to three artists with equal votes in third place.

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The Winner – David Halliwell                                   Second Prize – Steve Sidebottom

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Don’t miss our One-Day Exhibition at B.W.A.R.A. School Lane, Brinscall this Sunday 10-4pm.

Your chance to buy original art at low, low prices and see what Lodge Artists is all about. Entry free. Everyone welcome.

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Wall to wall paintings in our Cafe Ambio exhibition – coverage by Chorley Guardian.


Guardian pic

‘The exhibition was fantastic, I loved it.  Thank you so much for your forethought.  Next year if we get into the Britain in Bloom (or not) it would be great if you could join in with us again. Good luck with the Exhibition and would you thank everyone for their hard work from Chorley in Bloom.’ Iris Elaine Smith, Chairman of Chorley in Bloom.


Lodge Artists mourn a dear friend and talented artist – Ron Hobson.


At tonight’s meeting chairman Polly paid tribute to Ron Hobson, a long standing member of the society, who died on Monday, and asked members to stand for a minute’s silence to remember him.

She said “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Pauline and the family. Ron was a member for more than 25 years and influenced the development of the group over that time, as Chairman and supporting the committee. His paintings are outstanding, but he always appreciated and encouraged other members. We shall miss him very much.”

Ron & Judith   Featured Work


Wet-on-wet demo by Malcolm Bullock

Lodge members were given a live demo of Malcolm Bullock’s watercolour techniques as he painted one of his favourite views, using a limited palette of watercolours and finishing off with light detail in ink.

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Polly wins First in Portrait Competition

Haigh Show

Chairman of Lodge Artists, Polly Carr was awarded first place in the ‘pencil portrait’ category at The Haigh Show on 16th August. Well done Polly!

Chorley Guardian 22:7:15


Message to Lodge Artists:

‘The exhibition was fantastic, I loved it.  Thank you so much for your forethought.  Next year if we get into the Britain in Bloom (or not) it would be great if you could join in with us again. Good luck with the Exhibition and would you thank everyone for their hard work from Chorley in Bloom.’ Iris Elaine Smith, Chairman of Chorley in Bloom.

Congratulations to Chorley in Bloom for the fabulous displays around the borough. The wild flowers are amazing.

Chorley wild flowers Poppies on Blackburn Road.


‘Blooming Beautiful Brushworks’ exhibition opens in The Farmhouse Gallery 4th July- 2nd August 2015.

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Rosie Rimmer Judith Herring BBB exh.

The hard-working team putting the exhibition together on Friday were photographed with their work for a feature in the Guardian next week (14th July). Watch out for it and get your copy!

Chorley Guardian feature our next exhibition

Our local newspaper have supported us again with a mention about our next exhibition in the Farmhouse Gallery.

Members painting in the sun

Members painting in the sun

Brinscall Fun Day (in the rain!)

Lodge Artists took part in Brinscall Fun Day at our B.W.A.R.A. headquarters once again this year, braving the weather and selling unframed paintings by members with proceeds going to charity. Members Julia and Brenda enlisted some neighbouring kilted stallholders to brighten up the photo!

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Brinscall Fun Day

Happy Birthday to Judith!

Lodge member Judith Herring got a big surprise at the weekly meeting when presented with a cake to celebrate her 50th birthday, depicting her as a beautiful, (well-endowed) mermaid!

Judith cake

Support St.Catherine’s Hospice

Lodge Artists’ paintings are featured on greetings cards for sale at the St. Catherine’s Hospice bookshops in Chorley and Ashton (Preston) and also the hospice shop. Left blank inside for your own greeting, the cards are in assorted sizes and retail for from £1.50, all of which goes to the hospice funds.

Lodge Exhibition celebrates Chorley in Bloom

Our next exhibition in Astley Park Farmhouse Gallery is on the theme of ‘Blooming Beautiful Brushworks’ and will show original paintings by members in various media on the subject of flowers, nature, Spring, the country side, all of which make for very colourful, attractive paintings. See attached poster for dates and opening times. Come and see our work and take the opportunity to buy an original work for your home at extremely reasonable prices.

BBB exh.            Painting by Janet    sketch by Janet Cardwell



Barton Grange Exhibition Spring ’15

This year saw over 500 visitors viewing paintings by our members in an exhibition at Barton Grange Garden Centre and, once again, many children joined in to create their own display.

Children's paintings at Barton Grange exhibition

Children’s paintings at Barton Grange exhibition

Barton Grange exhibition

Barton Grange exhibition

Sunnyhurst Wood Visitors Centre, Darwen – 

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our latest exhibition venue for the sale of original paintings by local artists 

Opening times: Winter: Thursday to Sunday 12 – 3:30pm

Summer: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays: 1pm-4.30pm.

3rd April to 17th May 2015.


New diary and 2015 flyer now published

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 Chorley Guardian 3:12:14

Chorley Guardian 3/12/14


 Christmas Squares wall panel for our HQ!

This is the wall panel we created tonight at the Lodge meeting to provide a start to the festive feeling at our HQ at B.W.A.R.A. in School Lane, Brinscall. 26 members each did a painting 12″ x 12″ on a Christmas theme of their choice. Just two spaces left to fill!

Christmas squares

We’re on Chorley FM – listen up to Dom Molloy on Drive Time Wednesday 26th November  4-6pm!

Lodge have been asked to do a spot on Dom’s popular tea time show to talk about the Astley exhibition, what we do, how to join and why Lodge is become more and more popular with art enthusiasts of all ages in the Chorley area.

£70 donated to St.Catherines’ Hospice!

At last week’s meeting we had a clear out of the store cupboard and a sale among members of books and materials which raised £70 for a donation to St. Catherine’s Hospice. Well done everybody!

 Astley Exhibition – top quality work from a thriving society..

That’s how David Tetlow, Cultural Assets Manager, Chorley Council and judge Tracy Hewitt described the work of Lodge Artists members, on display at the preview night of the 36th Annual Exhibition in Astley Hall. David was pleased to see an increased variety of ages within the society, an influx of new members and recent increased activity by the society, adding to the creative resources available to all in the town.

Judge & presenter David  Tetlow and Tracy Hewitt

Presentation Polly Carr, Chairman, welcomes guests and members.

The winners The winners

Best in show '14 IMG_2590a Best in Show by Chris Oakden

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36th Annual exhibition preview Friday 7th November

Lodge members are preparing for the annual exhibition held in Astley Hall every November/December. See poster for details.

Astley '14 poster

Farmhouse Gallery opens with a Lodge Artists’ Exhibition


A great new facility is now open in Astley Park, next to cafe Ambio, and will display the work of local artists and photographers throughout the year. Lodge Artists’ exhibition will run until March 2015. The gallery was opened by the Mayor of Chorley last Friday (17th October), pictured here with Lodge Chairman Polly Carr (left). Paintings are for sale  – a chance to own original works of art at very reasonable prices.

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The Dressers Arms re-opens in November – featuring Lodge Artists!

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Chorley’s most popular pub will be back in business soon and is supporting Lodge Artists by offering a wall in one of the bars to exhibit local art produced by the group. Congratulations to Steve and Trudy for getting through this crisis and for their determination to get open again so quickly – because the regulars are all dying to get back!

 Lodge Artists will launch the new Farmhouse Gallery

Farmhouse poster

Lodge Artists were delighted to be invited to stage the first exhibition in the new Farmhouse Gallery at Astley Park (next to Cafe Ambio). It will start on 18th October and run until March 2015 – see poster for details. It will serve as a very welcome outlet for creative people in the Chorley area to exhbit their work.

Brinscall Exhibition is a huge success!


Lodge artists were thrilled to welcome so many visitors to their first exhibition at the new HQ in School Lane this Sunday. It was the first of many and several paintings were sold. More importantly many people now know where we are and have seen the very high standard of work produced by our members. Hopefully some will also come and try their hand on a Wednesday night!

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Chairman Polly and long standing member Ernie get ready to welcome visitors to the exhibition.


..and there were cakes!

Ron & Judith

Members Ron and Judith show their appreciation for the wonderful home made cakes.


Art Exhibition – Sunday 21st September


Lodge Artists’ members will be exhibiting their work, mostly for sale, at their HQ at Brinscall & Withnall Athletic and Recreational Centre (B.W.A.R.A.) from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 21st September.

All welcome. Come and see some original work by local art enthusiasts on a variety of subjects in oil, watercolour, acrylic, brusho, pastel, pencil and ink. Pick up an original for just a few pounds!


Artists and Bowlers enjoy an afternoon of bowling on B.W.A.R.A. bowling green.


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Nasar wins first prize at Lodge Social Evening


Nasar Khan came to the Lodge Artists social evening last night (6th August) and brought his first ever oil portrait of a girl from his native village Swat, Pakistan. He was thrilled to receive first prize when members and guests voted for their favourite paintings from among those submitted by all societies in attendance. He explained that the girl, named ‘Pooja’, was someone he had helped and campaigned for when she was suffering from exploitation, and so the painting is very poignant.

Nasar has only been painting about a year and explained that in his home town men don’t paint as it is deemed inappropriate! He is clearly enjoying his new hobby as a member of New Longton Art Society.

Everyone enjoyed the chance to meet up again with neighbouring art groups and welcome them to the new Brinscall HQ with a great barbecue on a pleasant summer evening.

Winning painting of 'Pooja'

Winning painting of ‘Pooja’



Polly’s Birthday….


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Polly kindly invited friends from Lodge Artists to her birthday party on Thursday 31st July in her beautiful garden at Fife Close. Everyone enjoyed some wonderful food and drinks in the evening sunshine and helped her celebrate another milestone. We all wish Polly many happy returns and keep up the good work as our chair!


Padstow Reflections by Duncan Ibbotson


As promised, here is the finished ‘vibrant pastel’ painting demonstrated by Duncan Ibbotson recently at a Lodge Artists’ meeting – ‘Padstow reflections’.
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Great to see some new faces at our open evening last night (2nd July). We look forward to seeing you again at future meetings.


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Brinscall Festival – Saturday 21st June 2014

Great interest in the society and our work. 34 paintings were sold on the day. Hope to see lots of people at the Open Evening on 2nd July!


Lodge ad.

We always welcome and encourage new members.

Please download and disply our poster


You can help us by downloading this small poster

and displaying it locally on a works noticeboard,

in a library, a surgery, or anywhere else it might get noticed.






This Chorley Guardian article promoted this year’s programme of

exhibitions and events and showed a recent demo

by visiting artist Anthony Barrow.

Lodge article 12-3-14