On Thursday 7 December some of our members enjoyed the “Festive Supper” at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre when we were entertained by Annie Gray, one of Britain’s leading food historians (who also works with The National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces and the BBC, as well as The Arts Society). Annie gave a humorous and fascinating talk, entitled “Mrs Beeton’s Christmas” reflecting the celebrations and, sometimes, turmoil over the Twelve Days of Victorian Christmas, including recipes in Isabella Beaton’s book of “Household Management” published in 1861.
We still have some vacancies on our Waiting List so if you have not renewed for 2018, or would like to join the Society as a new member, we would be pleased to hear from you. (margaret.sale@ theartessocietywalton.co.uk or 01932 840583). We have an exciting programme of Lectures, Visits and Special Interest days for the New Year and our first lecture on 11 January 2018 is entitled “Smiths, Singers and Shapeshifters: Celtic Art of the British Isles” with Justine Hopkins. We hope to see you there.
In the meantime, Season’s greetings to you all.
On 9 November, Pamela Scott, Chairman, welcomed 128 members and five guests to the Society’s Lecture entitled “Basingstoke and its Contribution to World Culture”. Rupert Willoughby, gave an amusing and interesting talk which met with great enthusiasm!
Renewal packs for 2018 were distributed to those members attending. For those members not attending the lecture you should receive your renewal pack by post. If you do not receive your pack within the next week or so please contact the Membership Secretary, Margaret Sale (margaret.sale or on 01932 840583) Some members have not yet renewed their membership, but it is not too late so please let Margaret know if you would like to renew for 2018.
Bookings are still open for the Festive Supper (7 December – evening) when we will hear about Mrs Beeton’s Christmas. If you have not purchased your ticket and wish to come, please contact Alison Lornie (01932 845372) or alison.lornie. or Pat Crisp (pat.crisp).
The Committee looks forward to seeing you again on 11 January 2018. Our first lecture of the New Year is entitled “Smiths, Singers and Shapeshifters: Celtic Art of the British Isles” with Justine Hopkins.
In the meantime we wish you all a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.
On 12 October, John Smith, Chairman, welcomed over 160 members to the Society’s fifteenth Annual General Meeting. Following the AGM, John resigned after five years serving the Committee, and Pamela Scott was elected Chairman. Stephen Knott was elected Hon. Treasurer and Diane Ball Hon. Secretary. Halina Heyworth, Pat Crisp and James Moore resigned from the Committee but agreed to continue to assist with Tours and Audio Visual.
Michael Howard gave a fascinating lecture entitled “The Consolidation of Movement: the Sculpture of Edgar Degas and Auguste Rodin”.
Members were encouraged to ensure they had renewed their membership of the Society for 2018. Bookings commenced for the Festive Supper (7 December – evening) when we will hear all about Mrs Beeton’s Christmas.
Our next meeting is on 9 November when we welcome Richard Willoughby, whose lecture is entitled “Basingstoke and its Contribution to World Culture”.
Young Arts update – Local A-level students take part in a national arts project
The Arts Society Walton has submitted for the first time a selection of outstanding works by local A-level Arts students for possible inclusion in the annual exhibition of the Royal Society of British Artists. Last year member societies put forward 284 works of which 22 were displayed at the Mall Galleries in London alongside works of professional artists. The students, whose work is shown at the exhibition, receive a certificate and are given the title RBA Scholar.
On 14 September, John Smith, Chairman, welcomed 134 members and six guests to All Saints Church Hall, the Society’s new venue following the closure of Hersham Village Hall.
Caroline Shenton’s gave an interesting lecture entitled “Mr Barry’s Great Work – Rebuilding the New Houses of Parliament”. Please note : there are a few tickets available for the Visit to the Houses of Parliament on 16 October. Please contact Val Woolford (01932 252007) for further information.
Membership renewals for 2018 have been posted and we ask that you renew no later than the end of September. Our AGM is on 12 October and we would like to offer membership to anyone on the waiting list. We will also be taking bookings for the Festive Supper (7 December – evening) when we will hear all about Mrs Beeton’s Christmas.
The overall impression of our new venue was positive, but the Committee realises it will take a few meetings to make sure that everyone can see the screen, hear the lecturer and to take on board any comments from members. We look forward to seeing you in 2018.
IMPORTANT – CHANGE OF VENUE FOR LECTURES STARTING FROM THURSDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2017
As a result of the closure of Hersham Village Hall our new venue will be ALL SAINTS CHURCH HALL, 13 Queen’s Road, Hersham, KT12 5LU (opposite Hersham Green and next to the Village Hall). Please also note that it will be necessary to start our lectures earlier at 2.00pm due to other bookings in the Hall. The Hall is at the far end of the site and there is space at the entrance for cars to drop off those who are less mobile. Members’ parking will be as before.
The Lecture on Thursday 14th September is Mr Barry’s Great Work – Rebuilding the New Houses of Parliament by Caroline Shenton. The Houses of Parliament are a masterpiece of Victorian architecture and a spectacular feat of civil engineering, this lecture will complement the visit in October.
Visit to the Houses of Parliament on Monday 16 October 2017
More information and Tickets will be on sale for this visit at the lecture on Thursday 14 September
Special Interest Day 7 September 2017 – The Romanovs – Tyrants & Martyrs of Imperial Russia
There are still a few tickets available for this day, please phone me on 01932 231432 to check availability and purchase a ticket
We look forward to seeing you in September and hope you have received your renewal packs, with details of our programme for 2018, and that you will renew your membership of the Society for another year.
The Chairman, John Smith, apologised for the change of venue to Esher Rugby Club, following the closure of Hersham Village Hall, and made the following announcements:
· Mail Chimp bulletins were not received by all members, who were reminded to check Spam/Junk and advise Membership of any changes to email addresses.
· Following the Society’s change of name members were requested to make cheques payable to The Arts Society Walton (or TASW) in future.
· Tickets are now on sale for Visit to Chartwell House and Gardens on 19 June and “The Romanovs” Special Interest Day on 7 September at Riverhouse Barn.
· Membership renewals for 2018 will be posted to members in August. At the same time, details of the 2018 Tour to Turin will be circulated and posted on the Society’s website (theartssocietywalton.org) and bookings will commence.
· John thanked everyone for attending the lecture, following the change of venue at short notice, adding in that Pamela Scott was working hard to find a new venue in the new future.
The Chairman, John Smith, apologised for the change of date of the June lecture due to the General Election on 8 June, and made the following announcements:
- In May 42 members enjoyed a tour to Yorkshire and John thanked Halina Heyworth for her excellent organisation.
- Tickets are now on sale for Visit to Chartwell House and Gardens visit on 19 June and “The Romanovs” Special Interest Day on 7 September at Riverhouse Barn.
- The July lecture is entitled “The Art of Enamelling” – on 13 July by Dr Sally Hoban.
- Current Exhibition at Riverhouse – “Rafael Slekenov – Romantics of the Steppes" – until 25 June.
- Mail Chimp bulletins appear to be well-received and members were asked to inform the Membership Secretary of their email address if they had not already done so.
The Chairman, John Smith, gave a short presentation to explain the NADFAS rebranding. It is changing its name to The Arts Society, with effect from 17 May 2017. This has resulted in a change of our name from Walton & Hersham DFAS to “The Arts Society Walton”. Details of our new website TheArtsSocietyWalton.org were announced together with the new logos and banner (Canaletto “A View of Walton Bridge 1754” – by permission of the trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery, London). The new website has been designed by Laurence Shafe (past Chairman of WHDFAS) for which the Society is extremely grateful.
Change of date of next lecture to 15 June “The Splendours of North Africa – Roman and Islamic Art of Libya, Tunis and Morocco” – when we will be selling tickets for:
- Visit to Chartwell House and Gardens on 19 July
- Special Interest Day “The Romanovs – Tyrants and Martyrs of Imperial Russia” 7 September
Following the success in the National Chairman’s Young Arts Competition 2017 there was a display of the entries from Burhill Primary School and Bell Farm Primary school.
There will be Committee vacancies in 2018 for Young Arts and Special Interest Day organisers as well as Secretary. Please contact the Chairman, Vice Chairman or any member of the existing Committee for further information.
On 13 April Anthea Streeter gave an outstanding talk on Thomas Heatherwick ‘The Leonardo of Our Times’. The talk was attended by 141 members and 12 guests who learned the fascinating story of Heatherwick who was trained as a designer rather than an architect yet his ‘hairy pavilion’ at the 2010 Shanghai World Fair won the gold prize for best pavilion.