Update and Coronavirus

Although attendance was down at last week’s lecture, we were fortunate to have Mark Hill from Antiques Roadshow who entertained us with “Regency Revelations – The Private Jourdan of a Regency Dandy”. The lecture researched the potentially scandalous story behind John Margesson and his return from France in 1831 to the Sussex country house where he grew up. Mark showed us excerpts from a volume of the lost private journals of John Margesson Esq (1794-1866), which was discovered by chance in a quantity of books bought on eBay in 2010.

Our members are only too well aware, the Coronavirus is affecting us all, in one way or another. The Committee is, therefore, sorry to make the following announcement:

“As the Government has announced additional steps to delay the spread of Coronavirus, it has become clear that further measures will be taken in a phased approach to protect the vulnerable and elderly.

The Arts Society has issued the following directive:

Whilst we recognise the Government’s plan to delay the epidemic peak, it is our assessment that the well-being and safety of our Members, Volunteers and Lecturers, many of whom fall within the high-risk category, is likely to benefit from The Arts Society taking active measures to reduce non-essential Arts Society activity before the pandemic reaches its peak in the UK and Europe.

We therefore regret to inform you that the following Arts Society Walton events for the period 16 March to 30 April will be cancelled:

9 April Lecture “Bernard Leach and his influence on 20th Century Studio Ceramics”

16 April Special Interest

Event “The Brilliance of British Architecture and Design”

Your cheque for the Special Interest event will be returned to you and we will continue to keep you advised of future lectures as the situation evolves.

In the meantime, we are hoping to re-schedule the above lectures for later this year or 2021.

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Committee if you have any concerns or queries. Perhaps you would pass this message to any other member who may not have received it.”

We will continue to keep you advised by email and Facebook but if you need further information, please contact a member of the Committee.

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