Chorley Lodge Artists are a long-established group of local enthusiastic artists (see ‘History‘) and we meet to paint, sketch and discuss each other’s work as a hobby and interest. We provide encouragement and inspiration, help and ideas on any subject or medium.


Chairman – Polly Carr

  Kev Fowler – Vice Chairman Lesley Gardner

  Stephen Sidebotham    Sally Dempsey David Jenkins Angela Hoyland

Julie Harling  Roger Gillet

Polly and her committee welcome input and ideas from members. New members especially please make yourself known and get to know committee members. They are here to help you!

We have regular monthly guest speakers who demonstrate their own techniques and provide a wealth of expertise, regular competitions, and many opportunities to exhibit and sell work as a member throughout the year at various venues.

Anyone interested in finding out more just come along to a meeting any Wednesday and you will be made very welcome. No need to book! Just ask for the Meeting Host for that night (see diary for names).

From 1st March 2023 membership will be £120.00 per year with no door fees (except on demo nights £5 members, £7 non-members) payable by cheque at the AGM, by online banking, or by monthly standing order £10.00.

Here’s why some members keep re-joining!

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   Why members keep re-joining our art group


Why members keep re-joining our art group


Welcome to new member Czeslawa!

“It’s my husband’s fault.  He saw some early school pencil drawings of flowers up in the attic, liked them and bought me an oil painting set. With no idea of how to use it, little was achieved until I joined a local art class; and that was over 30 years ago. My subjects are varied, covering flora and fauna, transport, landscapes, holiday memories, and anything else that takes my fancy, though my husband and the family try desperately to get me to focus on the painting of animals. I use oils, watercolours, pastels and acrylics depending on whichever I feel is most appropriate for the subject in hand. My husband is so keen to help he’s even put a website together for me. This can be viewed at”

Well done Mary Anne!

One of our newer members, Mary Anne Adlam, won the November Theme Night with her painting of Stormy Skies which was painted entirely on the night (2 hours).

Welcome to New Members

A very warm welcome to our newest members (October 2021) – Liz Ward, Catherine Hartley, David Boardman and Roger Ralph.


A very warm welcome to two of our newest members Jessica Stott (left) and Mary Anne Adlam.

Welcome to New Member, Paula!

‘I’m originally from Bolton but moved to Whittle 4 years ago with my husband Morgan. I have an A level in Art but haven’t really done much since other than a few sketches here and there. My husband bought me an art set a couple of Christmases ago and I’ve started to do a bit more, mainly working in colour pencil or acrylic. Looking to pick up some tips from other members and the speakers and meeting some new people in general.’ We look forward to meeting Paula when meetings resume.

And Welcome Back Bernard Hilton!


Congratulations to Chloe, our newest member, for winning the August competition ‘Blue Planet’. Nice work Chloe!


A big welcome to our newest member Chloe Hutchings. She told me ‘I used to work behind the bar when art group was on, and loved helping my brother (Jonathan) paint.

I’ve now moved home from Manchester, and due to lockdown I’ve been getting back into painting. 

I’d love to become a member and hopefully join you all again soon to paint! I’ve attached a watercolour painting of the pregnant Robin I had in our garden. It’s my first time using watercolours in years’. Chloe’s brother Jonathan painted the lovely cow shown on the home page. It’s great to have them both with us!

We meet every Wednesday at 7.30 pm at Brinscall and Withnell Athletic and Recreational Association, School Lane, Brinscall, Lancashire, PR6 8PT.

We now have a private Facebook page – Lodge Artists Show and Tell – where members share ideas, discuss current projects and share info about exhibitions etc.

Non-members can access our public Facebook page. To find it just click on the link at the foot of each page.

Activities include:

Competition Night (usually 1st Wed in month)

Members can bring a completed piece on a set subject. We then vote for our favourite paintings, for which there are first, second and third prizes. Participation is optional. You can carry on with  your own work during the evening.

Own Work 

As it says!  – whatever you want to do.

Guest Speaker (usually 2nd Wed in month)

An outside speaker is invited to demonstrate and explain methods, materials/mediums.

Work Alongs

One of our members chooses a topic, medium and  everyone can have a go.

Theme Night

This is optional but we work on a chosen theme. We then vote for our favourite picture which must have been painted completely on that night (2 hours). One prize goes to the winner.

We also have a private Facebook page – Lodge Artists Show and Tell – where members share ideas, discuss current projects and share info about exhibitions etc. To find it just click on the ‘f’ icon at the foot of each page.

Show & Tell Live

A member speaks about their work, how they started, their development, achievements or any topic of interest to other members (approx 15mins).

Contact us using our enquiry form, send an email to or simply call in on a meeting night – but don’t forget your brushes*!

*any medium you prefer – pencil, pen, pastels, water colour, acrylic, oil etc. No materials are supplied or available.