Art in the Library- Woodley Library Exhibits in July 2019

Woodley Library July 2019 Exhibits:

 Jan Wooldridge:- NeedlecrafterJan's Wool Work

Jan’s Wool Work

“By day I work in finance and admin, but in the evenings and at weekends, needle-felting takes over. I am so glad I’ve found a craft that creates a haven away from my working life.

I stumbled upon needle-felting about a year and a half ago when I was searching for some new creative ideas to decorate the house. I sent away for a kit and quickly became hooked on this craft. I never considered myself as creative or arty so it’s been a real pleasure to be able to produce these little works in wool. There are still so many projects I’d like to make.”


Tasha Easton:- ArtistTasha Easton.jpg

Tasha Easton has always been passionate about art. She studied art at A-level and has continued to pursue art in her spare time whilst raising her two children. She is an active member of the Crowthorne and Sandhurst Art Society, and is continually increasing her skills by exploring art techniques by other artists and developing her own methods.

Tasha is a lover of nature, and many of her pictures are of animals. She loves going into the fine detail – the look in an eye or the way the feathers or fur look. She enjoys working in acrylics, pastels and pen particularly, but is always interested in trying new media and techniques. If you are interested in viewing more works or initiating a commissioned piece please see Web and Facebook addresses:

Mob: 07754 015503

Marion Barter-Needlefelter   Marion Barter

Marion is a well-established artist mastering works in many mediums, it is a pleasure to be showing her whimsical needle felt characters.

“Around three years ago I began needle felting. I started by making small dogs and animals, I was intrigued by the versatility of the wool. I went on to produce both animal portraits and more recently landscapes using the felting method. I am constantly amazed by the colour tones and range that can be created.

Although it seems an unusual hobby, I find it compelling and therapeutic, except when you stick the needle in your finger! I have been increasingly asked about my method and how to needle craft. This encouraged me to set up instructional classes at the Woodley Wool Shop and now run a couple of classes there on a Wednesday. Please get in contact for details tel: 0118 9699950

For more information or to exhibit at Woodley Library, please contact Helen Wright on (0118) 969 0304 or check out




Art in Woodley Library November 2018

Peta Jamieson-artist

Peta Jamieson

 Peta is a part time artist, living in Woodley and finds art a fantastic reprieve from the corporate world.

She  loves the freedom of paint, and says there is no right or wrong way to use it. She creates a variety of work mainly abstracts and landscapes.

She is very much a mixed media artist as  loves to use whatever is nearby and most of her work is definitely a mix of watercolour and acrylic. Please visit her website above, if you see something there that is not in the exhibition that you would like to see please drop her an email and she can arrange for you to see the work.


Mandy Dodd – Ceramist

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 Mandy Dodd lives and works from her home studio in the log cabin that used to house her puppetry business. She has a long history in all aspects of art including painting and drawing, making puppets, building props and the design and painting of theatre scenery. She gave this up in part due to the physical limitations of living with Multiple Sclerosis. This change helped her develop into the area of ceramics and she has since found clay to be both an addiction and a therapy. In 2014 she appeared alongside two other enthusiastic potters in the More 4 TV programme Monty Don’s Real Craft.  This was filmed in Whichford Pottery with Adam and Jim Keeling acting as mentors. Mandy feels this pivotal experience is responsible for her growth as a ceramic artist, She feels each day is a gift to be filled in some way or other with clay! Mandy’s latest narrative work reflects her love for the English coast and countryside.  She carves and alters forms thrown on the wheel and decorates them in a theatrical way using colourful slips and stains with brush and sponge.  Her history of puppet building is incorporated in that her animal forms all have their own individual character or a story to tell.

For mor information about exhibiting at Woodley Library call (0118) 9690304




What’s On in Woodley Library October 2018

What’s On for Adults

Crafts and Laughs – Drop in for crafts and a chat.  Tuesday October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30      2pm to 4pm

Crochet Group – all abilities welcome. £4 charge.  Tuesday October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30   12noon to 2pm

Scrabble Club Wednesday October 3    2pm to 3pm

Woodley First Thursday Evening Book Group*  Thursday October 4  6pm to 6.45pm

Woodley Library Book Group* – Book group for adults meets to discuss new books and favourite books.  Thursday October 4  11am to 12noon

French Conversation Club – Basic French required. Just drop in!  Sunday October 14, 28  2pm to 3pm

Let’s Get Creative!* – Card making classes with Helen Cook. £5 per session.  Selected Fridays  2pm to 4pm

Food Sensitivities – A talk about the difference between food sensitivity/intolerance and food allergy.  Wednesday October 17   1pm to 2pm

Reminiscence Club  Thursday October 25  10.30am to 12 noon

What’s On for Children and Families

 Children’s Chess Club – Aimed at children aged 8+ from complete beginners upwards. Free. Just drop in.  Thursday October 4   3.30pm to 5pm

Rhymetime – For children aged 5 and under.  Tuesday October 9  10.30am to 11am

Storytime – For children aged 7 and under.  Saturday October 13  11am to 11.30am

Sand Art – Create a sand art picture. £3 charge per picture. For children aged 4 to 11 years old.  Monday October 22   10.30am to 12.30pm

Explore Learning – Handwriting Zoo* – For 4 to 6 year olds.  Tuesday October 23    9.30am to 10.30am

Explore Learning – Be a Maths Sorcerer* – For 7 to 9 year olds.  Tuesday October 23   10.45am to 11.45am

Outdoor Let’s Explore* – A fun and creative session exploring the outdoors and nature with the rangers from Dinton Pastures.  For children aged 3 to 8 years old.  Thursday October 25  11.15am to 12noon

Trixies Spell Goes Wrong* – Join the Enchanted Players Theatre Company in this musical show with Trixie the fairy, Jack Frost and Sally. Inspired by the Rainbow Fairies series, with free face painting after the show. £5 charge per person. Places must be booked.  Monday October 22  2.30pm

*Places must be booked at Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304

Making a Collaborated Book- Sunday July 29 at Woodley Library

Making a Collaborated Book

Make a page of a book using collage, stamping and drawing techniques. Plus there will be a chance to have a closer look at some of the handmade work created by Bookface Bookclub, currently on display in the cabinets at Woodley Library.

The collaborated book will be exhibited at our artists book fair at the Rising Sun Arts Centre on October 13 and 14

Woodley Library

Sunday July 29

10.45am to 12.45pm

Free entry, just drop-in

For adults and children over 7, children must be accompanied by an adult

library workshop

Art Exhibitions at Woodley Library June 2018

Peta Jamieson:- ArtistWoodley Art June 1

I am a part time artist, living in Woodley and find art a fantastic reprieve from the corporate world.

I love the freedom of paint, there is no right or wrong way to use it.

I had not painted for a long time and when we got Archie our Golden Retriever I started sketching again trying to capture him when he was sleeping, and 8 years on I am creating a variety of work mainly abstracts and landscapes.

I am very much a mixed media artist as I love to use whatever is nearby and most of my work is definitely a mix of watercolour and acrylic as I lack the discipline to keep the tubes in separate boxes … If I want a certain colour it really will not matter to me if it is paint, pen or pastel, I just like to have fun with what I do.

Please visit my website above, if you see something there that is not in the exhibition that you would like to see please drop me an email and I can arrange for you to see the work.

Joan Lewis :– Jeweller and ArtistWoodley Art June 2

All my work is hand made in my Reading studio.

I work with sheets of glass, cutting and shaping them before firing in the

kiln. Each piece is unique in design and many have an attractive tactile surface.

I use traditional silversmithing methods to form my jewellery and heavier pieces are hallmarked.

I am happy to accept commissions and can be contacted through my

web site at :-

For more information or to exhibit at Woodley Library, please contact Helen Wright on (0118) 969 0304 or check out



Dementia Action Week in Wokingham Libraries May 21-27

Alzheimer's logoIn the UK one person develops dementia every three minutes, yet too many people face it alone. In Dementia Action week, the Alzheimer’s Society is calling on everyone to take action to improve the lives of people affected by Dementia.

In At Wokingham Library at 10.30am on Thursday May 24, Shirley Pearce, BSC (Hons) Occupational Therapy will be giving a talk called Understanding Dementia– and lessening its impact for those who care-in any sense.

This is a FREE presentation but places should be booked by calling (0118) 9781368

Woodley Library is running a number of activities including a Coffee morning on Thursday May 24 10am -12noon to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Reminiscence activities will also be available in the library.

There will also be two Dementia Awareness Sessions at Woodley Library where you can find out more about dementia and the ways in which you can help people in the community. These are being held on  Friday 25th May at 12noon and  Thursday May 31 at 6pm.

There will also be a small display with  a representative from The Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK Reading and Home Instead inside Woodley Library on 25th May  10.00 – 14.00 , giving information to users and shoppers.

For more information and bookings call Woodley Library on (0118) 9690304

At Finchampstead Library there are Relaxing Sessions for Adults which people living with dementia and their carers are welcome to attend. People can enjoy some creative colouring or a reminiscence game, browse the beautiful photo books, try a jigsaw puzzle or a game of dominoes in a quiet corner of the library. These sessions are FREE to attend between 10am to 3pm every Wednesday.

Libraries in Wokingham Borough also participate in the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme for people with Dementia

The 25 titles on the dementia list have been recommended by health experts and people living with dementia.

Visit the Reading Well Agency website for more details.

We also provide ‘forget me not’ collections containing items from social history from the 1940s to the 1970s. Handling the items and discussing them can help trigger memories and spark discussions. Forget me not boxes are available to borrow for a yearly subscription of £29.50 They come in a variety of themes. Read the Forget me not box themes (PDF Document) to find out more.

We also have a reminiscence collection consisting of

  • Memory joggers
  • DVDs
  • Specialised puzzles and quizzes

Contact Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304 for more information.

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Art in the Library- Trudy Dredge and Paul Bell at Woodley Library May 2018

Trudy DredgeTrudy Dredge : Jeweller

Jewellery has always fascinated me.  As a child nothing was more absorbing than rummaging through my mother’s jewellery box, looking carefully at the colours, shapes and sparkles within. It was a natural progression from gazing at jewellery to making jewellery.

Materials I love to use include glass, gemstones, and more recently, silver.  Indeed, the search for beautiful beads and gorgeous gems is as important to me as the making of the jewellery itself.

Dusty antique emporiums, bead shops and bead fairs, and of course the ever present world of on-line shopping are all tremendous hunting grounds for me.

Designs include a healthy mix of vintage finds and contemporary purchases blended to make one off items of jewellery designed to be worn and thoroughly enjoyed.  Inspirations for designs come from the natural world, fashion and architecture. But essentially my inspiration comes from the beads and gems themselves.


Paul Bell-Artist

 This exhibition is called Apertures, the pieces depict my philosophy on order and chaos. I like to work with precision materials such as pencils or pens, my enjoyment comes from the skill of observation that can be obtained through lines. I build my drawings up by referring parts to each other often starting untraditionally with areas of most extreme detail rather than building detail in after creating a rougher outline.

To say I have been educated in art would be misleading since at school all I wanted in class was a pencil and paper for me to get started. If someone were to tell me what to do or how to do it I would feel constrained. I believe that diversity should be maximised in art.

Please contact me on if you would like to see more of my work or arrange for a portrait of people or animals or an aperture in your unique colour scheme.



For more information or to exhibit at Woodley Library, please contact Helen Wright on (0118) 969 0304 or check out




Surviving Wedding Photography-a talk at Wokingham Library, Thursday May 10th

Surviving Wedding Phtography

A Talk with Tony Weston

 Come to our talk about the planning and preparations that go into a professional

photographer’s most stressful job – and what can go wrong!

In addition to his ‘day-job’ as the Purchasing Manager at Waitrose Tony also, for 17 years, had his own photographic business and in that time photographed over 300 weddings.

The presentation details the preparations that went into the photography of every wedding together with some humorous incidents that occurred.

Wokingham Library

Thursday May 10

2pm to 3.30pm

£5 charge





April is Stress Awareness Month-Meditation for managing and reducing stress

Meditation for managing and reducing stress – discover the benefits of mediation and how to incorporate it into your daily life plus a guided meditation

 With Chandrika

 Woodley Library , Thursday 26th April, 7.30pm £3

Meditation is such a valuable tool for managing and reducing stress. Chandrika will be sharing some of the benefits of meditation and how to incorporate mediation into your daily life (without having to spend hours sitting crossed legged!)

Rather than just talking about it she will be taking us through a guided meditation so we can experience the relaxation and calmness  for ourselves 🙂 The aim is for us all to leave feeling relaxed and centred!

Chandrika is a Reiki Healer and Spiritual Coach. She believes in using natural modalities to heal the body and calm the mind and emotions. She has been running Meditation classes in Reading and Woodley since 2016 using her unique methods developed through her own meditation practice over many years. Her classes are held in Woodley on Monday evenings. 

To book a place call Woodley Library on (0118) 9690304