June 2019

May was a busy month.  We re-opened full time in the gallery, took part in several exhibition and Raul appeared on Countryfile again courtesy of their team.  Today (4th June) we have delivered paintings and photographs to the Waterfront Gallery in Milford as part of their next exhibition ‘Black and White’

Raul is working hard on his various projects whilst keeping out an inspired output of artworks for the gallery and his video works.

Our young lady Hannah is back in June and we will then open the cafe for drinks and cakes only for the Summer months.  We would still have problems with running a full menu as Heather’s Mother continues unwell and she has to keep leaving to help her.  Please bear with us – we will try our hardest to make sure you are looked after will tasty cakes and delicious coffee etc.  We still have a full licence so you can get a glass of wine or beers and ciders.

Look forward to seeing you all again this year and catching up on your news and showing you our new work.


Summer seems to have raced by and we are nearly at the end of the school holidays.  This Autumn we will be open on the following days:

September            Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday        11 to 4pm

October                 Closed 7th to 16th October for refit.   Otherwise open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday  11 to 4pm

November/December     We will be away for part of both months please ring to check if we are here.  If here open Friday,  Saturday, Sunday, Monday.  Open over Christmas all week.

February 2018

February 2018

The Gallery will be re-opening on 23rd March 2018. This year we are not running the cafe except for evening events details of which are on the Workshops Pages or you can ring us on 01437 721907. Sorry to disappoint our regular customers. We are running a lot more workshops this year both on the art and on the photographic side and hope you will enjoy coming along to join in. We are re-opening the shop area which will offer and extensive range of jewellery, gifts, cards and art materials. We will also be featuring guest artists Ian McDonald (print maker) and Anna Cross (textile artist. Looking forward to seeing you all again this year.

Evening events will include Supper with the Artist, Jazz and Tapas Nights, Music Evenings and a variety of Talks.  We hold a full licence so wine and local beers will be available at all of these as well as a range of soft drinks, teas and coffees.

More information on our other sites http://www.heatherbennett.co.uk and http://www.lavendercafesolva.wordpress.com

Spanish Courses

Have been working on our new website www.raulspeek.co.uk with Tim Stowe of Pembrokeshire Online www.pembrokeshireonline.net  It has been a long process trying to include everything we had before yet updating its appearance and adding new material.  It is going to go live with some parts unfinished.  The shop for instance can’t begin to go up until we are live and we are still working on the courses particularly the Spanish one which will be based in Capileira in October.

Capileira in the Snow  November
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Capileira in the Snow November

These are two of the images taken last winter when we went out to plan the course accommodation.

Winter is over

Raul Speek Gallery

Raul Speek Gallery

Youth Festival Mural

Winter is nearly over and we are getting the gallery ready to open again on 28th March. It is amazing how quickly the weeks go when we are closed – so many jobs to do that can’t get done in the Summer and Autumn months. Looking forward to seeing everyone again this year.

We are in the middle of designing new courses for this year. We will be running special sessions again during the Seaweed Week in August (8 to 16 August 2015). Julia Horton Powdrill is organizing a group of local artists to work specifically with images and patterns which the local seaweed brings to our shores. She is also taking people on foraging expeditions which she is very good at. Our own workshops will involve hunting on the shoreline in Solva and then working with what we find to make a picture for you to take home. Paint, paper, glue etc will be included in the workshop prices. Details are on the website here. Heather is running photographic workshops on seaweed too. Also see http://www.wildaboutpembrokeshire.co.uk/stdavidsseaweedweekend.aspx for current details. Barbecue for Seaweed week will take place on Friday 15th August – with live music so come and enjoy.


Many of you will know Julia Horton Powdrill through her work as the creator and long running powerhouse behind The Really Wild Food Festival which we are also involved in. See www.reallywildfestival.co.uk for details. She is a real pleasure to be involved with as her ideas and energy bubble away unceasingly. See her first novel “Single or Double” which she has written in order to create funding for the Prostate Cancer Research Charity following the death of her husband with the disease last year. You can buy a copy on Amazon either digitally or in book form.


During the Winter months I have been working on various video projects including a film on St David. It is a collaborative venture exploring the Saint who means so much to our local community: I am very grateful to everyone who is giving their time and experience to help it along. It will be a while before it is finished but I am pleased with how it is going. Anyone wanting to get involved should call me on 01437 721907.

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