Chairman’s Newsletter September 2019

Chairman’s Newsletter September 2019

10 Sep 2019 - 11:53 BY Admin

Dear Member
As Autumn approaches and our lecture series resumes on September 17th, it seems a good time to update everyone on Art Society Lunesdale news and progress. The remainder of the year brings us three more lectures - on Collectors and Critics Through the Ages; The Magnificent Maya; and our Christmas lecture this year is on Stocking Fillers from Faberge, in case anyone is running short of gift ideas. We also have a Special Interest Day coming up on 1st October studying ‘17th to 19th Century Theatre 1649-1900’ for which the uptake has been very good - and an outing planned to view ‘Arts and Crafts In the Lake District’ on 29th October for which booking is now open.

Recent events have gone to plan – lectures have been well attended and feedback has been mostly positive. Our AGM in June was well attended and the business of the Society proceeded smoothly. The Report of the Committee and the minutes from the meeting are on the website.

Our latest Youth Arts programme finished just before the summer break and generated some lovely results. The project brought a professional story-teller and a potter in to work with year 6 (11 year old) children in a school in Lancaster, who learned how to construct a powerful narrative and then made and decorated ceramic ‘story pots’, whilst acquiring some arts and creative skills training. It was a valuable and enjoyable experience for all involved and was funded by Arts Society Lunesdale from members’ subscriptions.

Looking ahead

Next year’s lecture programme is now confirmed and we look forward to sharing it with members in due course. Two very interesting study days have now been arranged for next year, one on garden design in March and another on Coronation Ceremonies in November and full details and booking forms will be available in due course.

As many of you are aware, membership fees are what enable all the programmes of our society and keeping our membership list in good shape is a top priority. As re-subscription time approaches, we will be asking you all again to think of friends who might be interested in joining us – and offering you the chance to bring them to the December lecture free of charge (so please put 17 December in your diary and your friend’s diary too). There will be more information about this at our October and November meetings.

Our long-term challenges are twofold – one is to ensure we have sufficient funds by keeping membership at the right levels – and the second is to ensure we have sufficient Committee membership and support to actually carry out the running of the society. The work is not onerous, but it is essential to the running of the society. We are currently looking for volunteers to help direct the car parking when we meet for lectures, some ‘shadows’ to join the committee and become familiar with the roles and responsibilities, and for someone specifically to take on the role of Treasurer.

I look forward to an enjoyable Autumn and Winter season and look forward to seeing you at the Lecture meetings.

Best wishes
Martin Gillibrand


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