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 –

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 – – 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! (

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.

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