JANUARY UPDATE

It is with much regret that we have to cancel our live lecture at All Saints Church Hall on Thursday 13 January. We were so looking forward to welcoming you once again after so long, but many members seem to be keeping away from events until the seriousness of Omicron is clear. Unfortunately, there are also some technical issues with running the event live, which have only just become apparent. Hopefully, all will be resolved well before out next lecture on 10th February (“It’s not just Tchaikovsky” with Simon Bates).

Please do join us via Zoom at 2pm on Thursday 13 January when Janet Gough will tell us “How to pick a Favourite Church”. As former Director of Churches and Cathedrals for the Church of England, Janet has chosen one church from every diocese to illustrate the incredible story of our churches bound up with the story of England over the last 1400 years and shares with the audience how they might select their own favourites, together with the many joys and some of the challenges in maintaining England’s extraordinary ecclesiastical heritage.

The link will be sent to you in advance of the lecture.

We trust you have received your membership card and sticky labels for 2022 but, if not, please let our Membership Secretary know (mailto:margaret.sale).

The Committee is very sorry – the decision to cancel was not an easy one to make.

JANUARY 2022 UPDATE

Happy New Year to all our members.

As we plan our first face-to-face lecture for some time, we hope you will be able to join us at All Saints Church Hall at 2pm on 13 January.

Janet Gough will tell us “How to pick a Favourite Church”. As former Director of Churches and Cathedrals for the Church of England, Janet has chosen one church from every diocese to illustrate the incredible story of our churches bound up with the story of England over the last 1400 years and shares with the audience how they might select their own favourites, together with the many joys and some of the challenges in maintaining England’s extraordinary ecclesiastical heritage.

We hope that everyone has received their vaccinations including the Booster. However, for the safety off all members please ensure that you wear a face covering. We will keep doors open for ventilation so suggest you wear warm clothing.

We trust you have received your membership card and sticky labels for 2022 but, if not, please let our Membership Secretary know (margaret.sale).

If you are able to offer any help with Teas/Coffee after the lecture, we would be extremely grateful. Margaret Wicks (margaret.wicks) has agreed to set up the rota and ‘replenish the larder’ but we do need help if we are to be able to offer members refreshments.

We hope you are all well and look forward to welcoming you on Thursday 13 January.

JANUARY 2022 UPDATE

Happy New Year to all our members.

As we plan our first face-to-face lecture for some time, we hope you will be able to join us at All Saints Church Hall at 2pm on 13 January.

Janet Gough will tell us “How to pick a Favourite Church”. As former Director of Churches and Cathedrals for the Church of England, Janet has chosen one church from every diocese to illustrate the incredible story of our churches bound up with the story of England over the last 1400 years and shares with the audience how they might select their own favourites, together with the many joys and some of the challenges in maintaining England’s extraordinary ecclesiastical heritage.

We trust you have received your membership card and sticky labels for 2022 but, if not, please let our Membership Secretary know (margaret.sale).

If you are able to offer any help with Teas/Coffee after the lecture, we would be extremely grateful. Margaret Wicks (margaret.wicks) has agreed to set up the rota and ‘replenish the larder’ but we do need help if we are to be able to offer members refreshments.

We hope you are all well and look forward to welcoming you on Thursday 13 January.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS from THE ARTS SOCIETY WALTON COMMITTEE

THE ARTS SOCIETY WALTON

We wish all our members a very happy Christmas and a healthy New Year and hope to welcome you to our first 2022 lecture (details below) at All Saints Church Hall on 13 January – but this, of course, depends on any restrictions the government may impose in the meantime!

Janet Gough will tell us “How to pick a Favourite Church”

As former Director of Churches and Cathedrals for the Church of England, Janet has chosen one church from every diocese to illustrate the incredible story of our churches bound up with the story of England over the last 1400 years and shares with the audience how they might select their own favourites, together with the many joys and some of the challenges in maintaining England’s extraordinary ecclesiastical heritage.

We hope you have received your membership card and sticky labels for 2022 but, if not, please let our Membership Secretary know (margaret.sale).

A huge thank you to our volunteers who have assisted the Committee during these challenging times. If you would like to join us you would be very welcome.

Keep well and keep safe!

November update

We are writing to remind members of our forthcoming lecture (via Zoom) at 2pm on 2 December. This lecture is highly rated by other societies who have enjoyed Sandy Burnett – “from Tchaikovsky to Tin Pan Alley”. We are sure this will prove to be an exciting and enjoyable lecture to start the Christmas festivities. Expect an hour of the finest festive music from across the globe – his selections include sparking moments from Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker, a heart-warming ballad from Mel Tormé, something from Soweto, a heavenly chorus from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Leipzig, an illustration of the English carol tradition at its finest – and something more cynical from Eartha Kitt…

Sandy is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing and lecturing. After studying at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End. Sandy Burnett spent a decade as one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3. Combining engaging scholarship with hands-on expertise, for ACE Cultural Tours he devises and leads cultural holidays at home in the UK and all over the world, is the author of the Idler Guide to Classical Music, is a highly sought-after double bassist on the London jazz scene, and was appointed the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-19 season. During lockdown he established an online Listening Club which meets weekly to listen to and discuss great works of classical music.

This is an additional lecture and not included in the annual programme. The cost is £10 per person. If you would like to attend, please contact Alison Lornie (alison.lornie or 01932 845372); She will give you details of how to make your payment and will reserve a place for you and, once your payment has been received, will confirm your reservation. A day or two before the event, a Zoom link will be sent to all participants.

This will be the final lecture for 2021 and, hopefully, the final Zoom lecture as we return to face-to-face lectures at All Saints Church Hall at 2pm on 13 January, 2022. Janet Gough will entertain us with “How to pick a Favourite Church”. This will be the start of a year of exciting and interesting lectures and we look forward to welcoming you all.

We are very sorry to announce the sad and untimely death of Peter Scott, husband of our President, Pamela Scott. Peter became ill during Lockdown and sadly passed away a few days ago. He was an extremely talented art historian, always jovial and often lectured to our Society, especially at short notice! He will be sadly missed. We send our deepest sympathy to Pamela and her family.

November update

As we approach the end of 2021, we will be our hosting our last Zoom monthly lecture for 2021. On 11 November, Simon Inglis will entertain us (via Zoom) charting the legacy of London’s rich, sporting and recreational heritage such as tennis at Hampton Court, Wembley, Wimbledon and Lords with his lecture “Played in London”. Simon is a British sports historian, architectural historian, writer and broadcaster, most notably about football and stadiums. We hope you will join us.

For our “Festive” Special Interest Event on 2 December (via Zoom) we welcome Sandy Burnett – “from Tchaikovsky to Tin Pan Alley”. We are sure this will prove to be an exciting and enjoyable lecture to start the Christmas festivities.

You should shortly receive your labels and programme card by post with an update of what is ahead in terms of Visits and Special Interest Events.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to All Saints Church Hall in January 2022. Our first lecture of 2022 on 13 January is entitled “How to pick a Favourite Church” with Janet Gough. Janet was the Church of England’s Director of Church Buildings and Secretary of the Church Buildings Council and Cathedrals Fabric Commission so has lots of experience to share with us.

We are now looking forward to 2022 and, hopefully, “business as usual”. If anyone is willing to assist the Committee – especially with afternoon teas on lecture days – please let a member of the Committee know.

Thank you for your continued support and we very much hope to see you early next year!

November update

As we approach the end of 2021, we will be our hosting our last Zoom monthly lecture for 2021. On 11 November, Simon Inglis will entertain us (via Zoom) charting the legacy of London’s rich, sporting and recreational heritage such as tennis at Hampton Court, Wembley, Wimbledon and Lords with his lecture “Played in London”. Simon is a British sports historian, architectural historian, writer and broadcaster, most notably about football and stadiums. We hope you will join us.

For our “Festive” Special Interest Event on 2 December (via Zoom) we welcome Sandy Burnett – “from Tchaikovsky to Tin Pan Alley”. We are sure this will prove to be an exciting and enjoyable lecture to start the Christmas festivities.

You should shortly receive your labels and programme card by post with an update of what is ahead in terms of Visits and Special Interest Events.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to All Saints Church Hall in January 2022. Our first lecture of 2022 on 11 January is entitled “How to pick a Favourite Church” with Janet Gough. Janet was the Church of England’s Director of Church Buildings and Secretary of the Church Buildings Council and Cathedrals Fabric Commission so has lots of experience to share with us.

We are now looking forward to 2022 and, hopefully, “business as usual”. If anyone is willing to assist the Committee – especially with afternoon teas on lecture days – please let a member of the Committee know.

Thank you for your continued support and we very much hope to see you early next year!

September Update

The Committee is delighted to welcome members back after a challenging time with lockdowns.

Tomorrow we have a Zoom lecture “A Garden like No Other : Edward James and Las Posas – a colourful lecture telling the story of Edward James and his Mexican garden, exploring the wider theme of the modern artist-gardener. Later this month, on 16 September, Linda Smith will entertain us via Zoom with two lectures “Great Tarts in Art”. (£10 tickets available from Alison Lornie on 01932 845372).

October is our AGM as well as a Zoom lecture “Undressing Antiques” with Mark Hill from The Antiques Roadshow”. Join us on the 14th October and please don’t forget to cast your AGM vote by post or via the website – https://www.theartssocietywalton.org/agm-voting-2021/)

This year we have been unable to produce our usual annual Newsletter due to the challenges we faced with lectures but we are now making strides to return to “business as usual”. The Committee (and our valued volunteers) attempted to bring you the 2021 lecture programme via Zoom and we apologise to those members without access to a computer. We look forward to welcoming you back! This is an update for the months ahead.

You will have received details of our lectures for the coming year in our Renewal pack (and on our website – www.theartssocietywalton.org) – and hope you will agree that Sue Hughes, our Programme Secretary, has produced a brilliant variety of talks on fascinating subjects with excellent speakers.

Alison Lornie is busy organising Special Interest Events, hopefully at Riverhouse, but there remain social distancing restrictions in place. As well as Sandy Burnett – from Tchaikovsky to Tin Pan Alley on 2 December (via Zoom – details already circulated), on 21 April David Rosier will talk to us about “Chinese Formal & Informal Court Costume (1644-1911) A Journey through & beyond the Imperial Wardrobe” and we are planning these two morning lectures at Riverhouse Barn.

Val Woolford has continued to work hard to arrange Visits for you to enjoy but the problem once again has been restrictions imposed by venues. However, it has been possible to arrange a tour and afternoon tea at Strawberry Hill House on 21 October 2021. Transport will be via coach leaving Hersham Green at 2pm and the cost will be £30 per person. Please email Val for further details (vmwoolford).

Our On-Line/Proxy Voting for 2020 Annual General Meeting proved successful and we will repeat this again on 14 October 2021 – it saves time for members, ensures that those unable to attend the lecture are able to vote and guarantees that the lecture is not interrupted! (https://www.theartssocietywalton.org/agm-voting-2021/).

Our programme card and sticky labels will be distributed before November in readiness for 2022.

Your Committee has decided that ‘live’ lectures will resume from 13 January 2022 at All Saints Church Hall, Hersham Green, assuming there are no further restrictions!

We look forward to welcoming you back, especially those members without access to computers or Zoom who were unable to join us during lockdown, and hope you will renew your membership and join us for Lectures, Visits and Special Interest Events (noted above). Notices continue to be posted on our website and Facebook page.

Thank you for your continued support which is very much appreciated.

July further update

We were sorry there were not more members attending our July lecture when Dr Laurence Shafe (past Chairman and our Webmaster) came to our rescue, owing to Peter Scott’s illness and incapacity to give his lecture “Painting at the Edge – British Artists’ Coastal Colonies”. We look forward to welcoming Peter in the future.

Laurence’s lecture was excellent and highly acclaimed by those members able to watch it. It is, however, available on You Tube. (The link is available on our website – sue.hughes) know if you were unable to log in.

There is no lecture in August, but we have two exciting Special Interest Events to offer in September and December (via Zoom).

The first one is :

“GREAT TARTS IN ART: High Culture and the Oldest Profession” LINDA SMITH

10.30 – 12.50 Thursday, 16 September, 2021 via Zoom (2 one-hour lectures with a 20 minute break)

This is followed in December :

“FROM TCHAIKOVSY TO TIN PAN ALLEY – Uplifting music for Christmas” SANDY BURNETT

2pm – 3pm Thursday, 2 December, 2021 via Zoom

The cost for each event will be £10 per person. If you would like to attend, please contact Alison Lornie (alison.lornie or 01932 845372); Alison will give you details of how to make your payment and will reserve a place for you and, once your payment has been received, will confirm your reservation. A day or two before the event, a Zoom link will be sent to all participants. At the moment we are not able to book the Riverhouse Barn for our usual Special Interest Events but very much hope to be able to invite you in 2022.

On 9th September we have a Zoom lecture “A GARDEN LIKE NO OTHER: EDWARD JAMES & LAS POSAS” and on 14th October, Mark Hill (Antiques Roadshow) presents “UNDRESSING ANTIQUES”, a persuasive introduction into buying antiques, and integrating and using them in today’s homes.

On 11 November, Simon Inglis presents “PLAYED IN LONDON”. Charting the heritage of London’s rich sporting and recreational heritage to life. Wembley, Wimbledon and Lords are known around the world but sports and games have always been played in London.

We do hope you will be able to join us. Meanwhile, we thank you for your support in these challenging times and look forward to seeing you.

Keep well.

July update

The weather has been somewhat changeable – but at least the roses are doing exceptionally well and we hope you are too.

We want to remind you of your next Zoom lecture on 8th July when our friend, Peter Scott, will look at our far-flung costal art colonies such as Newlyn, St Ives, Walberswick, Staithes and Cullercoats and their subsequent development in the twentieth century with “Painting at the Edge : British Artists’ Coastal Colonies”.

We would also like to remind you of our 9th September lecture “A Garden like No Other: Edward James and Las Posas”.This colourful lecture tells the story of Edward James’ Mexican garden.

In addition, on Thursday 16th September we are holding a Special Interest Event (via Zoom) with Linda Smith entitled “Great Tarts in Art”. This will be 2 one-hour lectures with a 20 minute break 10.30 – 12.50.

We are at present unable to confirm our future venue – Hersham Village Hall continues to be a Covid Test Centre. However, All Saints has undergone some refurbishment and continues to improve the facilities.

We hope to see you again soon.