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.

1 September, 2017 16:14


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.

May News Update

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.

Young Arts score highly in Walton primary schools

Children from two local primary schools, Bell Farm and Burhill, have emerged as winners in the National Chairman’s Young Arts Competition 2017. Its theme – ‘Precious’- was reflected in an ingeniously diverse range of 33 artworks including sculptures, drawings, photographs, pottery and collages.

The winners in the 8-10 Years Category were six Year 5 children attending Burhill Primary School who had submitted a group entry of Queen Victoria’s Crown forming a mosaic of nine decorated tiles. Also successful were two 11 year old pupils from Bell Farm Primary School who were Highly Commended for their entries – a colourful sculpture of a baby and an intricate treasure chest.

This was the first time local schools participated in the National Chairman’s Young Arts Competition and we are delighted with their success and the quality of the artworks produced. Our congratulations to everybody involved in this project.

May 11th – Photography as Fine Art

Our next lecture is by Brian Slater who is talking on ‘Photography as Fine Art’ in Hersham Village Hall on 11 May at 2:30pm.

Should we accept that the very best photographs can be regarded as Fine Art? This question is at the heart of a lecture which argues that photography can equal, not to say excel, more traditional disciplines in the key genres of portraiture, landscape and still life. Photography, moreover, has carved its own area of excellence in depicting the human condition. All these ideas are discussed with reference to the work of some of the acknowledged masters of photography, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Fay Goodwin, Bill Brandt, Ansel Adams and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Brian Slater’s chief interests lie in photography, architecture and history and he combines all three in his lecturing career. He has taught at University College London since 1997 and became an Art Society lecturer in 2003. He is a member of the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography and an exhibition of his own photographs has been staged at UCL.