A village of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of West Berkshire

Local Artists

DSC05109rsAnne Payton: Anne Paints the seasons with the changing of light within a particular landscape. She tends to walk the landscape then sketch and paint in watercolour in situ and later paint in oils in the studio. Surrounding herself in music, poetry and prose; a way of working which comes from her training in theatre design.


frankGemma Billington: Born in Co. Kerry Ireland, Gemma came to England in her twenties. She studied sculpture at Newbury College and visual studies at Winchester School of Art. Her main inspiration comes from nature, the changing seasons, the wild Irish seascape to the more tame woodland of Berkshire.

HOUSECandida Kennedy: Specialising in house portraits and personalised maps, paper montage ‘nursery art’, jewellery, and anything else that stirs the creative juices. Studio open by appointment.


peagoat3Pea Brodhurst: Pea has been a painter and illustrator for many, many years and has suddenly discovered the joys of writing. She has recently written, and self published, a small book on behalf of her goat about the trials and tribulations of living with a wayward grandmother. This book is titled ‘Do goats go to Heaven?’ and is available on Amazon.

Pea is a consummate admirer of goats, goblins and elephants…and married to an historian with alternate views


2012 Jubilee village photo LOW RES 76kbJak Bellin: Specialist in Equine Photography, Uses state of the art equipment and techniques in digital software, available for Private Commissions and events.


Past Artists

frankFrank Ormrod: Frank Ormrod, born 1896 in Bolton, Lancashire, died 1988. Designed posters for London Transport 1937.


Writers and Publications

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARobert Gathorne Hardy: (1902 –1973) was an English garden writer. Though he also wrote fiction and some bibliographical works, he is best known for his books on plants that he researched while growing in his garden (Mill House, Stanford Dingely).

Mill House, Stanford Dingely still has a shrine built to commemorate Gathorne-Hardy in its back garden.


51vMv9GtZL._SL500_SY300_Dick Greenway: Around the Valley of the Pang

“Around the 3 Valleys” :- 214 pages, 17 walks, lots of colour photographs and good clear OS based maps. Information on everything under the sun.