The driving force behind the creation of the Club was local nurse, Mrs Alice Welch who painted in
watercolour and on silk panels.
Alice was a member of the Lowestoft Art Group, who with other members felt that the club. Although well-
established, did very little in the way of help, guidance, work evenings and encouragement to newer and
less experienced members.
With this in mind Alice approached like-minded members with the idea of forming a new club which would
Strive to meet the needs of people who felt this way.
An exploratory meeting was held at the Welch’s home in Caldicott Road, Oulton Broad in early autumn of 1974
With about 12 friends.
Vis. Alice and George Weich
Mr and Mrs J. Savage
Mr & Mrs J Lepingwell
Mr and Mrs S Crafer
After a general discussion, venue, meeting night, fees and press coverage, it was decided to go ahead with the
plan to start a club, and after a few months to have an AGM to formally put the group of friends on a sound club
basis with officers and a constitution.
At this very first meeting Alice Welch took the chair and Derek Plant was club secretary*.
Two things were stressed: firstly, in no way was a club being formed in competition with the Lowestoft Club.
Secondly, the new club’s aim would be to encourage new members and with a much bigger emphasis on
workshops, informal work evenings, demos, crits with in-club help from members with more experience.
Alice Welch, in her professional capacity had very good connections in the area and was able from the outset
to secure a room at Oulton Community Centre for meetings.
The Lowestoft Journal printed news of the clubs’ formation and an invitation to new members. Within a few
weeks several Lowestoft Club members joined and new members via the press article and word of mouth. From
The very launch Oulton Broad Art Circle became a very vibrant and well attended club.
The first meeting was attended by: Derek Knights, Derek Plant, John Holmes, Douglas Urquhart, Douglas Hosea,
Harold Cushing, Alice Welch, Joan Tusting, Carolyn Reeder, Peter Fletcher, David Balder and others unknown.
First President, Jason Partner
First Chairman, Douglas Hosea
Treasurer, Carolyn Reeder
Secretary, Joan Tuting**
First exhibition, 1976 Lowestoft Library, Subsequent exhibitions, bar one (held at the church in London Road
North - opposite Milton Road) were held at the library until moving to the current location: the Martial Arts Centre
In Oulton Broad.
* In 1975 the very first secretary, Derek Plant, changed his employment by working as coxswain on the local pilot
cutter, this meant shift work. This interfered with club activities and so he thought it fair to resign the secretary’s
** Sad to say, after a brief period, one of the resigning secretary’s burnt all of the club’s early documentation:
Notes re club formation, communications, AGM document and finances and such like. Hence there are no official
records of the club’s beginnings.