Since our Lecture on October 4th when Dr Tobias Capwell spoke on “Mars and the Muses: the Renaissance Art of Armour”, I write to tell you of news and events that you may be interested in and which are coming up:
New Members’ Coffee Morning – Friday October 6th at 10.30am at Charlecote Village Hall. This event has unfortunately been cancelled owning to a lack of response. We hope to reschedule the event in the Spring.
Day of Special Interest – Friday 17th November at The Warwickshire, Leek Wootton – Please note the new venue. There is a waiting list only for this day, studying The Lives and Works of Two Contrasting Artistic Siblings – Augustus and Gwen John with lecturer Mrs Sandra Pollard. It will no doubt be full of ‘colourful’ revelations about these two somewhat notorious artists. If you would like to attend, it’s still worth putting your name down on the list as there are often last minute cancellations. Ring Kate Varney on 01926 424453 if you would like to do so.
New Year Tea Party – Rosie Langman is kindly organising another tea party for members to meet one another over the winter when we are unable to hold a lecture. It will be similar to the one she organised last year at the Audley, Binswood Avenue, Leamington Spa. It will be in January and tickets at will be on sale at the November lecture meeting (November 1st).
Dorset Trip – John Clark has just returned from leading a fantastically successful tour of Dorset. 30 or so lucky Arts Society members were staying in Poundbury and enjoyed a full programme over the three days they spent there. Thank you, John, for taking on the organisation of this and many previous trips for us. They are hugely enjoyed and appreciated.
Volunteers – Work has been completed by two of our Volunteers on the Mothers’ Union Banner for Barford Church. The repaired banner was rededicated recently at St Peter’s, Barford. There has also been some significant work done at The Lord Leicester Hospital where a small group of volunteers has been cleaning and packing the William Morris wall hangings for safe storage, and although it was only a short term project, it has been accomplished most professionally. The group which has been working on repairing ecclesiastical garments and artefacts at All Saints Church have some of their work on display at the Leamington Art Gallery. It’s well worth a visit. Finally congratulations are due to the group who work at The Herbert Gallery in Coventry. They are celebrating their 7th anniversary this month and over the seven years at the museum they have completed 22 projects. The range has been very wide and interesting, from making petticoats to mounting stuffed birds, cataloguing collections and making sword covers. Their commitment has been steadfast and longterm and we appreciate not only the high standard of their work but also their presence in Coventry, which raises our profile there. We thank all the volunteers for the work they do round an about.
Noticeboard – Do ensure you’re up to date with things that are happening in Young Arts, Trips and the Volunteering departments by looking at the Notice Board. There are illustrated accounts of all these activities, very well displayed.
Membership Secretary – Jane Nash is retiring this year after ten years doing this important job. The very good successor we had found has had to pull out, so we ask you all to consider if you could take on this role on the Committee. If you’re a ‘people person’ it could be just right for you, so do come forward and get in touch if you feel you could help the Society in this way. It is a job that could be shared by a married couple so please consider joining me and my fantastic committee and getting more involved in the fun of running the Society.