MAY 2018

On the 10 May, Chairman, Pamela Scott welcomed Geri Parlby, a former Fleet Street journalist and film publicist, whose lecture entitled “From Magic Lanterns to Metro Goldwyn Mayer” explained the fascinating history of how the Motion Pictures Industry developed in the 19th and 20th centuries, and changed the face of entertainment.

Pam reminded members that the Society relied on its volunteers, not only for the Committee, but to set up the audio-visual system to ensure that lectures ran smoothly and so that members could enjoy the experience and a cup of tea and biscuits at the end of the afternoon. Volunteers are always needed especially for helping with teas.

Our next lecture is on 14 June “A Feast for the Eyes: The Frick Collection, New York” with Hilary Williams. We shall also be selling tickets for the Visit to ‘Milton’s Cottage and Chenies Manor’ on 19th July and the Special Interest event “250 years of the Royal Academy” on 6 September, at Riverhouse Barn. This comprises two morning lectures only.

The following is a thank you message received by the Society from a young American researcher who was impressed with our website:

“My daughter Ava and I just wanted to send you a quick email to say thanks. Ava is in girl scouts, and is currently working to earn her Painting badge. The girls are learning about the importance and influence of art, how to draw inspiration from the world around them to create their own art, the colour wheel, etc. The girls were told to do some of their own research & practice at home and she came across your page It’s been so helpful to her we wanted to reach out and thank you. She’s really enthusiastic & passionate about this badge because her grandfather loved to paint in his spare time and he used to give her those art sets for Christmas every year and she LOVED them. Art has always been her favourite subject in school”.


On 12 April Pamela Scott welcomed members to Toby Capwell’s lecture “The Scoliotic Knight: Reconstructing the Real Richard III” (whose body was found under a carpark in Leicester!! ).

Before introducing the lecturer Pamela explained that chairs are laboriously set out in the Hall by Jo Relph who then goes up to the Royal Academy of Dance. The RAD is gradually introducing Silver Swans classes across the world In May, Jo starts a class in the Hall at 10am on Wednesday mornings – for Silver Swans. Specially designed for older learners, these classes will help improve your mobility, posture, co-ordination and energy.

Pamela then welcomed Toby who will speak on The Scoliotic Knight. Toby is Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection and an internationally-acknowledged authority on Medieval and Renaissance weapons. In 2015 Toby had the unusual honour of serving as one of the two fully armoured horsemen escorting the remains of King Richard III, from the battlefield at Bosworth to their final resting place in Leicester Cathedral.

In March we had a very successful Special Interest Day entitled ”Riviera Paradise” and are planning events for 2019. Many Societies have 2 lectures without lunch, as we are planning in September for our event on 250 years of the Royal Academy. If you feel that lunch is an integral part of a Special Interest Day please mention it to a Committee Member.

Members may also be interested in the exhibition "Picasso: Paper and Clay" at the Lightbox, Woking. This Exhibition celebrates his love of Ceramics and print making. Some wonderful bird-shaped jugs – £5 entrance or £7.50 for a whole year of visits to the Lightbox

We look forward to seeing members at our 10th May lecture on the history of Motion Pictures.

March Update

On 8 March, Pamela Scott, our Chairman, welcomed Susie Harries who gave a fascinating lecture entitled “ Pevsner in Surrey – Nikolaus Pevsner and the Buildings of England”.

Details of The Arts Society Golden Anniversary were also announced (featured below). Information also appears on a new dedicated page on our website ( entitled “Celebration” (which can be found under “Activities”) and which will be updated from time to time over the coming months.

In addition there is now a page on our website to enable members to post their comments on our lectures. (Go to: and click on "Give us your view of the last lecture by clicking here"). We would be interested to hear from you.

We hope you will join us on 12 April to listen to Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. His lecture is entitled “The Scoliotic Knight: Reconstructing the Real Richard III” and will tell us how such a diminutive person could have been skilled in the fighting arts and fought in full armour in three battles, despite suffering a significant spinal condition.

We look forward to seeing you in April.


In September, The Arts Society is celebrating our Golden Anniversary by displaying art works in the Robert Phillips Gallery at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in Walton. Although the Walton and Hersham NADFAS was only set up in 2003, the original NADFAS was set up in 1968. So, together with The Arts Society we reach our 50th anniversary this year.

We hope our artistic members will contribute a work which might be selected for this exhibition. The theme is Celebration. It is open to amateur artists – including those producing craftwork. The ‘artist’ must be either a Member of The Arts Society Walton (TASW) or a Resident of Elmbridge or
someone enrolled on the Arts and Crafts courses at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre.

In order to select works for the exhibition we are asking the artists to send a digital photograph of their chosen artwork by email; the suggested submission period is 1 st July to 31 August 2018. To accommodate a fair number of artworks, framed paintings should be no larger than 90cm x 60cm.
There will be no charge to enter and the works will not be for sale.

The selection process will be in two stages. In the first round a group representing TASW will use the digital images to shortlist works to be brought in for final selection. The second round will take place in early September 2018 when the Selectors will ask to see a number of the art works in reality.  We shall ask for art to be brought to All Saints  Church Hall in Hersham in September.  The final selection will be made then.

February News

Our lecture on 8 February is entitled “The Guggenheim in Bilbao & the Architecture of Frank Gehry”.

We welcome back Siân Walters and together will examine the career of Frank Gehry and discover how the vast Bilbao Guggenheim Museum was created twenty years ago.

Also on Thursday, tickets are on sale for the Special Interest Day “Riviera Paradise” planned for 27 March at £35 each to include lunch. The lecturer, Mary Alexander, returns to the Riverhouse following her very successful Special Interest Day in 2015 entitled “New York, New York”.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

7 December

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. ( 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.

9 November

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 ( 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.

19 October, 2017 15:09

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”.

21 September, 2017 13:03

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.

15 September, 2017 15:46

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.