Art class marks ten years

Budding artists are invited to join in a series of art classes which have been running twice weekly in Hucknall for ten years.

The classes at Titchfield Court, on Orchard Street, are run by Wendy Radford, a wildlife artist and owner of the Cedar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kirkby.

The class was set up by Ashfield District Council in 2005 as a community project, but now Wendy runs them herself.

Wendy, 52, said: “I can’t remember not painting. I went to art college and worked as a graphic designer and a lace designer.

“People really enjoy it once they start coming. I would like to build up the classes. People will paint a picture and give it as a gift. At Christmas I tend to give them a picture of a seasonal scene so people can make cards.

“You don’t have to have painted before - in fact if you haven’t it’s better. I can teach them my way - which uses a grid. It’s really sociable, people make new friends and it’s nice to have something to do.”

The sanctuary currently homes 50 wild animals including foxes, chickens, owls, hedgehogs that are too small, and have insufficent fat reserves, to hibernate, as well as rabbits, and a cygnet from Center Parks.

Wendy also teaches at Willets Court in Sutton.

The Hucknall classes cost £4, including refreshments, and run on Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm and on Fridays from 1pm to 3pm. For more text 07792475736 or email