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”.