"Mum really enjoys going to the Bradenstoke Art Group and Fran, the artist who runs it, is great. She’s very calm and thoughtful and gives the group achievable projects to create. Everyone goes quiet as they concentrate and the two hours fly by.”

Diane Peplow’s mother Jean has always enjoyed art, with birds and landscapes among her favourite subjects to paint.

Diane said: “Mum was always doing something creative when we were children. She made greetings cards and was extremely good at dressmaking, making bridesmaid dresses and even crocheting dresses. She particularly adored painting swans, but liked doing landscapes too.

Art is the one thing Mum still enjoys

“All of that has slowly gone over the years and remembering the stitches in knitting is too much for her now. But art is the one thing Mum can still enjoy. She can hold a paintbrush and still achieve a painting so Fran traces a picture which Mum then colours in. The other members of the group are lovely too and its location is particularly nice. If the weather is good we can sit outside and the view is beautiful.

“Mum may not always remember that she’s been to the group, and will sometimes look at one of her pictures and ask: "Did I do that?" but the happiness she feels there doesn’t end when the group does. It stays with her long after she’s gone home and she enjoys showing her art work to friends and talking about it too.”

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