March 2019

At the Lecture Meeting on 14 March, John Smith, Chairman of TASW, welcomed Caroline MacDonald-Haig. Caroline spent some time working for Terence Conran in the 70s and gave us an “insider’s view” of Habitat and the various stages of Conran’s success from 1964, when he opened his first shop.

On 20 March the Society has a Visit planned to the Design Museum and Kensington Palace. The museum was founded in 1989 by Sir Terence Conran. and was originally sited by the River Thames near Tower Bridge, and later relocated to Kensington and will form part of our visit to Kensington. All tickets have been sold.

We are also planning a Special Interest Day on 4 April “Luxury Textiles: Embroidery and Tapestry from 10th – 16th century” This will comprise two morning lectures only at The Riverhouse Barn. Tickets are available so if you would like to attend please contact Alison Lornie on 01932 845372 (alison.lornie).

John also announced that at its recent meeting the Committee, with regret, agreed to increase our subscription for 2020 from £40 to £45 per annum. When our Society was formed in 2003 the annual subscription was £35. The last increase was announced in 2016 when the annual subscription was set at £40. However, an increase in our costs and lecturers’ fees together with fees to National and Area has meant that we may have to consider using our Reserves, which we retain for emergencies e.g. new equipment etc. Even at £45 per annum this equates to £4.50 a lecture and is less than other Societies in Surrey.

It is understood that there are major works being undertaken at All Saints Church Hall and carpark. The Priest’s House is to be demolished which will create a larger carpark. Since we started using the Hall in the last 18 months, the rear doors have been replaced, a new floor laid in the main Hall and the Pastoral Centre re-carpeted with a new heating unit installed. We shall continue to keep a watchful eye on progress.

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