The group was formed by a group of artists including acclaimed sculptor and painter Peggy Garland, her sister Joyce Ward, Alan Mills, Lillian Buchanan, Hugh Cooper and Miss Sutton with Win Goody as minutes secretary. Win was later to become Chairman.
With the local library moving out of the Bartholomew Rooms the Parish Council was approached with the idea that the newly formed group would rent the room from the council. A tenancy agreement was agreed with a rent of £10 per quarter plus rates and electricity.
Arts Group rules and procedures were established and a membership fee of five shillings (25p) was decided with hanging fees of one shilling and sixpence (7.5p). The room was decorated, heaters and furniture borrowed and a hanging rail installed for the first Christmas exhibition which attracted a total of 87 visitors. By June 1971 the membership had grown to 30 and over the following ten years it had risen to around fifty.
I first came across Win Goody when I joined Beth Wood's art class in 2002. Win was already known in the area as a proficient watercolourist, but she seemed always to want to learn more. I remember her noticing the way I used ink for sketching and complimenting me by taking up the technique herself.
Beth told me "Win was a fluent watercolour painter, although she was always ready and willing to experiment with different media and materials, and did wonderful work in chalk pastels too.
Similarly she painted any and every subject offered to her, but her favourites were flowers and landscape. She loved hollyhocks in particular and every time I see a hollyhock I think of her. She had a great empathy with flowers in particular and seemed able to capture their individual spirit in paint.
Although she painted so well, she always remained modest and keen to improve, right into her 90s. Always busy with so many things, she seemed to be able to churn out endless paintings in no time at all, and was always ready to supply the Eynsham Arts Group with more whenever they might be needed for the exhibitions.