I hope to see you at our meeting on November 1st. Before we break for Christmas and the New Year I should like to remind you what lies up ahead and tell you what has been happening during October.
Volunteers – I am delighted to report that, since the last meeting, the Leamington Art Gallery Group of Heritage Volunteers was presented with a Gold Star Award by David Brass – the Area Representative for Heritage Volunteers. This award is a new one given by the Arts Society West Midland Area to individuals and groups who have shown outstanding commitment in their work. We are very proud that their service has been recognised.
Even better still, we have just heard that the Volunteer Group at the Herbert Art Gallery who have been meeting for over 7 years, week in week out, have also been awarded the Gold Star Award. Please don’t think this is ‘normal’ or that the awards are two a penny! I am enormously proud of what they have achieved and delighted that our Society has received recognition twice over in this way. This appreciation of the group’s expertise at the Herbert Art Gallery extends much more widely than just among us at The Arts Society. It is acknowledged by other heritage institutions, and enhances both the reputation of our Society and that of the gallery.
The Day of Special Interest – Friday 17th November at 10.00am – is taking place at a new venue, namely, The Warwickshire, Leek Wootton. There is a waiting list only for this day, which will be exploring The Lives and Works of Two Contrasting Artistic Siblings – Augustus and Gwen John, with lecturer Mrs Sandra Pollard.
New Year Tea Party – Those of you who would like to come to this event will need to know that it will be held on 23rd January 2018 at 3.00pm – 5.00pm at The Audley, Binswood Avenue. Rosie Langman will be selling tickets at £10 at the November Meeting. If you need to get in touch with her, her telephone number is 01926 833244
Playbox Theatre Christmas production – Wizard of Oz -. Our Society supports this wonderful young people’s theatre. We thoroughly recommend a visit to their Christmas Production.
Warwick Poppies – The Arts Society Royal Leamington Spa is pleased to be supporting the Warwick Poppies project at St Mary’s which culminates on Armistice Day 2018 with a display of over a thousand hand-crafted poppies to commemorate the fallen. Information about the project is to hand at the November lecture by our registration desk together with a instructions on how to make poppies yourselves as well as being available on their website. If you are a knitter, crochet worker or enjoy handicrafts, do support the project by contributing your own commemorative handmade poppy. The funds raised from the appeal will go to helping the young and the elderly in Warwick.
And now just a final reminder that we now have a two month break for Christmas and our next lecture will be on Wednesday 7th February 2018 – ‘250 Years of the Royal Academy’ by lecturer Rosalind Whyte.