On Thursday 14 February, John Smith welcomed Chris Alexander who gave an interesting lecture “Cosmonauts and Cotton-pickers – Soviet Central Asian Mosaics and the use of public art as propaganda”, which included fascinating art and mosaics from several countries in Russia/Central Asia.

Tickets went on sale for the Visit to the Design Museum and Kensington Palace on 20 March and a Special Interest Day on 4 April “Embroidery and Tapestry from 10th – 16th Century”. Two one hour lectures in the morning at Riverhouse Barn, Walton on Thames.

Elmbridge Council is hosting an exhibition ‘Moving Art’ where artists aged 15+ are invited to submit one piece of art to be exhibited from 30 July at the Robert Phillips Gallery, Riverhouse Barn – submissions open until 1 April 2019. Approved applicants will be entered into an Elmbridge Artists Directory. For further information contact: arts

John also asked for any member who was a volunteer at a Heritage site should let him know – at present members support The Foundling Museum, Painshill Park and Watts Gallery.

Members were also encouraged to bring a guest to our lecture meeting – if possible a phone call/email to Margaret Sale in advance.

March’s meeting will be “Habitat Catalogued – an Insider’s Story” with Caroline Mac-Donald Haig – an insider’s view of how Terence Conran’s vision and determination changed the way we live now.


John Smith welcomed Members to the first meeting of the New Year.

Some disruption had been experienced following roadworks in Queens Road but everyone arrived on time and without too much inconvenience.

The speaker, Tony Rawlins, gave a fascinating talk on “Mad Men and the Artists – How the advertising industry has exploited fine art”.

John also highlighted the following:

February’s lecture – Cosmonauts and Cotton-pickers – Soviet Central Asian Mosaics and the use of public art as propaganda” with Chris Alexander.

Also tickets will be on sale for a Visit to the Design Museum and Kensington Palace on 20 March and a Special Interest Day on 4 April “Embroidery and Tapestry from 10th – 16th Century”.

Members were encouraged to complete the Elmbridge Borough Council survey for the future of the Community Hall in Queens Road which is available on line at Hersham Library or Hersham Community Centre until 25 January.

November update

Pamela Scott welcomed Leslie Primo to the November lecture entitled “Titian to Van Dyck: The Art of Portraiture” when we explored what demands drove this interest and need for portraiture, through the prism of Titian and Van Dyck.

It was Pamela’s final lecture as Chairman of The Arts Society Walton and she thanked the Committee for their help and support during the year. John Smith was welcomed, following the AGM, as Chairman from January 2019. Unfortunately, the Society still desperately needs volunteers and Committee members to ensure that we can continue to provide Lectures, Visits and Special Interest days, especially as Catherine Carter (Publicity) and Tony Collins (Teas) have now resigned from the Committee. Pamela paid special thanks to them both for their dedication and help. John gave a vote of thanks to Pamela and wished her well for the future although, as President, we will continue to welcome her to lectures and other events. Pamela is congratulated on the success of the Golden Anniversary “Celebrating Arts in Elmbridge” ay Riverhouse which was held in September.

We now look forward to the Festive Supper on 13 December at the Riverhouse Barn when Christopher Bradley talks to us about Santa Claus and the Art that turns him from St Nicholas into Father Christmas.

The Committee wishes all members a very happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year. We look forward to your continued support.

October Update

Our meeting on 11 October was preceded by the Society’s sixteenth AGM when the 2018 Annual Accounts were approved, John Smith was elected Chairman for 2019 and the Committee was re-elected. However, regrettably Catherine Carter and Tony Collins both elected to stand down after many years of serving on the Committee. In addition certain amendments were proposed to the Society’s Constitution and these were approved.

Pamela Scott welcomed our speaker Clive Stewart-Lockhart – of Antiques Roadshow fame – who told us about The Art Market : How does it Work? A fascinating insight but not always worth millions of pounds! In addition we were selling tickets for our Festive Supper on 13 December (£33) to hear about Santa Claus – from St Nicholas to Father Christmas.

All our Visits and Special Interest events are now well-organised for 2019. In November you will receive your renewal packs to include the 2018 Newsletter, Programme Card and sticky labels as well as your TAS membership card.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

September News

Pamela Scott announced at the Meeting on 13 September that John Smith was taking over the Chair of TASW from 1 January. Because John had served the customary three years as Chairman and didn’t have a successor for 2018, Pamela took over the Chairmanship for a year. John has kindly agreed to stand again from January 2019 and we will be voting for him at the forthcoming AGM on 11 October. You may also wish to be reminded that Catherine Carter and Tony Collins have both decided to step down from the Committee and we shall miss their contribution enormously. If there is anyone who would like to join the Committee please do contact one of us for further information. We do need help in running the events and ensuring the Society runs as smoothly as possible!

William Forrester was our September speaker – we have welcomed William before when he spoke about “The Percy Family of Alnwick, Syon & Petworth” and this time his lecture was entitled “The Sackvilles of Knole and Sissinghurst”. We examined the turbulent marriage of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson and the gardens they created at Long Barn and Sissinghurst. An entertaining and informative lecture which I think everyone enjoyed.

Work continues for the “Celebration” Exhibition at Robert Phillips Gallery at the Riverhouse Barn from 10.00 – 16.00 on Wednesday 26 – Sunday 30 September – admission is free.

At our October meeting we will welcome Clive Stewart-Lockhart “The Art Market: How does it Work”. We will also be selling tickets (priced £32) for our October visit entitled ‘All our Waterloos’ on Tuesday 16 October. A coach will take us on a City and Village tour of London’s French Quarter followed by a visit to the V&A’s new galleries. Tickets will also be on sale for the Festive Supper at Riverhouse on 13 December when Christopher Bradley talks about “Santa Claus – the Art that turns from St Nicholas to Father Christmas”.

Update for July 2018

On 12 July, Pamela Scott welcomed Kevin Karney who gave a fascinating lecture entitled “How Time has been told throughout the Ages”.

On 19 July we visited “Milton’s Cottage and Chenies Manor” which was a highly successful and enjoyable event.

Tickets are still available for the Special Interest Day on 6 September with Rosalind Whyte entitled “250 years of the Royal Academy”. This will be two one-hour lectures for the morning only. Please contact Alison Lornie at alison.lornie (01932 845372).

The Committee is currently working hard to organise the 2019 programme and details will be sent to members with the renewal and AGM papers early in August. This will include details of a Tour to Norfolk which is scheduled for next year.

The Society is not due to meet again until 13 September when William Forrester will talk to us about the turbulent marriage of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson entitled “The Sackvilles of Knole and Sissinghurst”.

We look forward to seeing you all in September and hope you have an enjoyable summer with continued excellent weather!

Update for June 2018

On Thursday 14 June and 12 July we shall be selling the visit on 19 July to Milton’s 17th century Cottage and the Parish Church, in Chalfont St Giles along with an afternoon visit to Chenies Manor in the Chilterns with a lovely garden, dating back to the 15th century. The cost is £32. Please remember you can only pay by cheque (maximum two tickets) – not cash. Lunch is available at £12.50 each to be booked when purchasing the Visit ticket. You may, however, choose to bring a picnic; there is a Tea Room for tea and cakes.

We shall also be selling our Special Interest Day "250 years of the Royal Academy". This will be held at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre on the morning of Thursday 6 September, £25. Both lectures will finish before lunch; again, cheques not cash.

May we also remind you that members can leave on-line comments on our Lectures, Special Interest Days and Visits on the “Feedback” page of our website under “News and Feedback”. We really do try to take the members’ views on board as well as reflecting what members tell us after each Lecture.

We know many of you find All Saints Hall less agreeable than Hersham Village Hall. The good news is that it sounds as if the Village Hall is going to be refurbished but, the suggested time scale is three years.

Regarding the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), that came into effect on 25 May 2018. It is a significant development in the use and management of personal data and we would like to give you reassurance about how TASW uses your personal data and keeps it safe.

We collect your personal information when you join as a member of TASW and enter your details on our membership forms, or when we meet you at events and you opt-in to receive our email updates. TASW will never sell, rent or trade email lists with other companies or businesses for marketing purposes. Your details are held securely by the Society. We use your information to update you on our activities; to contact you if we need to obtain or provide additional information; to check our records are right and to check every now and then that you’re happy and satisfied.

You are free to ask questions or unsubscribe from the list at any time by contacting the Membership Secretary (margaret.sale). You are also entitled to view, amend, or delete the personal information that we hold.

Most of you know that to mark 50 years of NADFAS and The Arts Society, our Society, TASW, is putting on an Exhibition of works of art in the Gallery at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in September. It is open to all our Members and to adult residents of Elmbridge. Full details can be found on celebration.

And finally:
We realise many of our members arrive early for the lecture in order to get a car parking space. However, our Audio Visual team – several of whom have been performing this role since 2003 – need to get everything set up and the microphones tested on both the Speaker and the Chairman before members flood into the Hall and, quite naturally, chat to each other. Please respect the notice on the door requesting members to wait in the coffee lounge until the equipment is safely set up and the sound system has been tested in relative quiet. Our thanks to those of you who have waited in the coffee lounge until the sound system has been tested!

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 http://www.theartssocietywalton.org/useful-links. 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 (theartssocietywalton.org) 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: theartssocietywalton.org/programme-of-events-2018 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.