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November 2017 Newsletter
Saturday 25 November 2017





   The Arts Society




Chairman’s Newsletter

November 2017



Dear Members

I hope you have been enjoying this “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” with some glorious autumn colours and sunny days. It is hard to believe that it is a whole year since I wrote my first Newsletter to you all as your new Chairman. A lot has happened in the year including the new branding which you can see on see on our elegant and stylish new image on our Programme and Membership Card for 2018 (enclosed). Thank you to Deborah Yates, for our whole new look, Martin Locke, for his superb photography, and Anne Wignall for her advice.  Thank you to Deborah Yates, Pippa Walker, and Ceri Lewis for putting together such an enticing selection of lectures for us to enjoy in the year ahead.



At our AGM on 18 October, after seven years, first with Young Arts and latterly with Church Trails, Ann Jackson is standing down from the Committee. On behalf of you all, I express our grateful thanks to her for all that she has done to encourage and support young artistic enthusiasm and young people’s tours of churches in Shropshire. I am delighted that, with Margaret Locke, she is continuing her work on Church Trails, and we shall look forward to hear about their new project next year.


The rest of the Committee and “ex-officio” members were re-elected en bloc. I thank them all most sincerely for giving their time, enthusiasm and positivity so generously to the society. We are fortunate to have such a committed and imaginative team working on our behalf to make sure we have all the interesting and enjoyable activities that our society offers.


Howard Franklin continues as our President. He is very supportive to all of us on the committee and is a wonderful ambassador for The Arts Society Shrewsbury.


Past Events

Our lecture on 20 September was The Romantic Spirit: Music and the Arts of early 19th Century Germany by Peter Medhurst in which we enjoyed his very accomplished performance linking the art, music and history of C19th Germany and inspiring many of us to discover more for ourselves about the work of Caspar David Friedrich.


From 22–30 September, 27 of us enjoyed a wonderful nine-day trip to Venice during which we were enthralled by the art, the music and the architecture of that beautiful city.


On 18 October, Douglas Skeggs lectured to us on Title Titian: The First Modern Artist when our biggest audience yet were rewarded with an inspirational talk with beautiful images that had us all wanting to go immediately with him to Venice to see the dazzling art under his guidance.






Future Events

On 22 November there will be a trip to Tate Liverpool to see an exhibition of work by John Egerton Piper, an English painter, print-maker and designer of stained glass windows and theatre sets.


On 6 December there will be our Christmas lunch. Today is the last chance for anyone to book a place at this enjoyable event.


On 24 January 2018, a Day of Special Interest has been arranged with David Rosier talking on the Emperor Qianlong – the ultimate Renaissance ruler and Fine Art collector.


On 22 February 2018, we have our trip to Birmingham to see the BRB production of Sleeping Beauty.


On 6 to 9 May 2018, there will be a three-night tour to Norfolk.


0n 19 May 2018, there will be our Celebration of the Golden Jubilee of The Arts Society, from 6.30pm. (Details will be in our January mailing, but save the day!)


From September 25 - 2 October 2018, our overseas trip will be to St Petersburg. (Details will be in our January mailing, but if you are interested, you may wish to save the dates.)


Thank you to Corinne Russell, Ceri Lewis and Jane Benson for organising these enjoyable events for us.


Heritage Volunteers

I am delighted to report that our third project at Ironbridge working together with The Arts Society Wrekin is now underway. Under the supervision of the Museum’s curatorial staff, our team of volunteers will be trained to do the cleaning, recording, photographing and storing of a cache of historically significant tile moulds associated with Craven Dunnill. This work will be useful for research and potential display. Our team includes Caroline Auger, Rosie Bynam, Linda Clutterbuck and Tim Roberts, John and Anne Homfray, Mary Huxley, Ann Jackson, Margaret Locke, Margaret Simmons, Sally Stote and Tony Payne. If you are interested in this sort of work, I am sure they will be delighted to talk to you about it. I wish them luck and thank them for volunteering their time, expertise and enthusiasm in such a worthwhile and important project. 


There are volunteering opportunities at the Shropshire Archives where the Archivist, Seren Fisher, will be working with our volunteers, Marion Adams, Margaret Ridland and Lucy Shrank, on a new project. They will be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to join their team.


Finally, as this will be the last Newsletter of the year, I will be the first person to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year when it comes. I look forward to seeing you all in 2018.  


Best wishes

Yvonne Bridgeland


The Arts Society



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