Zoom: Thursday, 2pm, 10 December, 2020
When we wrote to members in October, we were able to confirm that our first Festive Lecture using Zoom will be held at 2pm on Thursday 10 December when Gillian Hovell will talk about “io Saturnalia – Happy Christmas the Roman Way!” Early Christians celebrated Christmas at the same time as the ancient Romans were feasting and partying for their pagan Saturnalia festival.
You should have received your 2021 Programme Card and sticky labels but unfortunately there were two errors for which we apologise! January’s lecture is on 14th January and October’s lecture and AGM are on the 14th October. I hope you are able to make a note of these amendments before you put them in your diary! The details sent out with the renewal, and on the website, are correct.
We are also pleased to announce that Linda Smith has confirmed that she will do her Special Interest morning (“Great Tarts in Art”) on Thursday, 16th September, 2021, hopefully at Riverside Barn. Details will be confirmed nearer the time.
io Saturnalia – Happy Christmas the Roman Way
Gillian Hovell – ‘The Muddy Archaeologist’
Our first Festive Lecture using Zoom. Gillian Hovell will talk about “io Saturnalia – Happy Christmas the Roman Way!”
Many of the pagan habits were therefore absorbed into our Christmas traditions. Present-giving, holly and even party hats all have their origins in this 2,000-year-old party. This talk will revel in artwork that is ancient and modern as we un-wrap the images and stories behind our festive season. It digs deep into history to add colour, depth and meaning to life today.
How to make the most of our Zoom talk
Please make sure that you have an updated version of Zoom running on your device before the talk. It will be great to see your faces so make sure you are well lit and have your device set up on a stand in a comfortable place. We will resend you a reminder and the link again nearer the 10 December.
When you receive the invitation, the following things might happen:
When we start you should all have video and audio on so that we can see and hear you, sort out any problems and answer any questions. As soon as you are connected and can see and hear the lecturer, you should switch off your video and audio by clicking on “Mute” and “Stop Video”. This will avoid any unintended noise or interference throughout the talk.
The Arts Society Walton – Chairman’s Report September/October 2020
Recently, you will have received the membership renewal for 2021, together with notice of the AGM on Thursday 8thOctober. The AGM is a vital part of our year, and probably the one true time that you actually have an input into the Society’s activities. We are all facing challenges outside our normal comfort zone, as the impact of the virus continues to impinge on all our lives. However, I am hopeful that most of us will now have settled into routines that enable us to cope with the problems that we are all facing. To this end, and on behalf of the Committee, I sincerely hope that all of you are well and safe, particularly as we almost certainly face a second spike of the virus.
The Annual General Meeting.
As I mentioned, we have our AGM this next week, and it is now possible to vote on the Society’s website (theartssocietywalton.org – AGM Voting 2020), but also to return voting papers before next Thursday 8th October. If you haven’t yet voted, can I please ask that you do so before the deadline, to re-elect the Committee for another year.
Membership Renewal and Lectures.
In the Chairman’s report, which accompanied the renewal papers, I wrote about the decision the Committee had taken with regard to cancelling lectures for the remainder of this year. Quite obviously there are many opportunities for viewing arts events and lectures on-line both from You Tube, but also from the Arts Society. One thing is certain, viewing a lecture on a computer screen is in no way a substitute for “being there”, and meeting friends. The problem is that there is nothing we can do at the moment that would enable us to meet in person. Even the Committee has had to ‘meet’ via Zoom. This certainly concentrates the mind in the 40 minutes available.
However, it has become apparent to me that the Society has been somewhat remiss in their duty to members in this area. A number have contacted me about this. Whilst I have been able to explain the decision we took, in all good faith, in pointing members towards the available lectures on-line, this decision has obviously affected members’ opinions of the Society. For this I apologise to you all on the Committee’s part. It has, therefore, been decided that we need to resume lectures from January. But they will have to be via Zoom. These will, hopefully, follow the programme shown on our website. It may be that some lecturers will be unable to give their talks via Zoom, and if this occurs, then we will make alternative lecture arrangements. Many societies are now undertaking lectures on-line, and it certainly appears that there is now much greater scope for such events to take place.
Obviously, we will let you know nearer the time what the arrangements will be for the lectures and how you can see them. I sincerely hope that if you delayed your membership renewal, in the quite reasonable expectation that the Society would offer you what we promised, then you will now take this opportunity to renew your membership of The Arts Society Walton.
Again, may I wish everyone all the best. Keep well, and, as winter approaches, keep warm.
John Smith – Chairman – The Arts Society Walton
A very warm welcome to The Arts Society Walton. If you are not sure about joining then why not sample a taster talk first? Just email the membership secretary to let her know you will be attending one of our monthly talks. As a guest it will cost only £5. Or you can become a member and attend ten talks a year for just £40. See our Programme of Events 2021 to find out what’s on. The talks cover everything from individual artists to art movements as well as architecture, music and the decorative arts.
As you can see from our programme we provide talks that take a novel approach and they are given by leading experts in the field who have been selected for their ability to communicate in an informative and entertaining way. We hold one-hour Zoom talks at 2.00pm on the second Thursday of the month and there are talks every month except for August and December.
If restrictions are lifted we will resume the talks at All Saints Church Hall, 13 Queens Road, Hersham KT12 5LU. In addition to the talks, we normally organise three or four visits a year to houses, gardens or London walks, as well as all day (including lunch) and half-day lectures, called Special Interest Days, which are held at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in Walton. Members attending these additional activities are charged at cost and the tickets generally go on sale at 1:15pm the month before the event. Demand is often high and members are given priority and it is only if places are still available that non-members are invited to attend.
We also support our local community and each year the committee donates part of your membership fee to Young Arts and Church Recording.We are part of The Arts Society which has over 360 member societies and over 90,000 members worldwide. Our local Arts Society organisation is called the West Surrey Area to which eighteen societies belong. All the organisation and running of our Society is carried out by volunteers and we are always looking for members to help with everything from making the teas to organising events. If you are interested please contact the chairman.