June 2021 Newsletter

June 2021 Newsletter

11 Jun 2021

The Arts Society Henfield e-Newsletter issue 18 June 2021

The Arts Society Henfield had been planning a move to normal but at the moment it is unclear whether we are going to be able to go ahead with our plans!

The outing to Highclere Castle on 13 July is very much in the balance. When the trip was announced in the 2020 programme there was a great deal of excitement and it was expected to be overbooked, but it had to be postponed to 2021 because of the first lockdown (remember it?!).  However, as of yesterday (the closing date) Richard had not received enough applications to make the trip viable.   It is very understandable that, after being so careful for many months, lots of our members are not comfortable about traveling in a bus with a number of other people.  If the Prime Minister announces on 14 June that the final stage of lockdown is being lifted, Richard could issue another urgent invitation to members – and non-members - to apply to go as the coach will be permitted to carry more passengers (currently limited to 24).  Things are looking increasingly uncertain in that respect!  He is also trying to persuade the Highclere authorities to allow more time before we have to give our numbers and pay for the visit.  Richard is keeping those who have booked up-to-date with the situation.  The omens at present are not looking hopeful.

Stephen is about to send out the applications for the Lady Oliver lecture. A sub team has been looking at how to host the event and provide food safely. Now it is up to the powers that be…… Maybe we won’t be able to get together until September.


Upcoming programme


Monday, June 14, 2021 - 14:3

Andrew Hopkins

This lecture will be delivered via Zoom.

The Rockefeller family is an American industrial, political and banking family that owns one of the world's largest fortunes. The fortune was made in the American petroleum industry during the late 19th and early 20th centuries by John D. Rockfeller and his brother William Rockefeller, primarily through Standard Oil (the predecessor of ExxonMobil). The family had a long association with, and control of, Chase Manhattan Bank.

You will receive an email with a link to enable you to watch the lecture on the Zoom platform. Just click on it and you will be connected. You need do nothing more.


Peter Roiss

Monday, September 13, 2021 - 14:30

Henfield Hall, Henfield

Coopers Way Henfield BN5 9DB

With the advent of the printing press in the 16th and 17th centuries, numerous books were written on how to manage households and prepare food. In Holland and England competition grew between the noble families as to who could prepare the most lavish banquet. By the 1660s, cookery had progressed to an art form and good cooks were in demand. Many of them published their own books detailing their recipes in competition with their rivals.

Our speaker will tell us how things progressed from Anglo-Saxon, to modern day, kitchen procedures.


Tantrums & Tiaras (behind the scenes at London's Royal Opera House

Nigel Bates

Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 19:00

Henfield Hall, Henfield

Coopers Way Henfield BN5 9DB

The Royal Opera House (ROH) is an opera house and major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, central London. The large building is often referred to as simply Covent Garden, after a previous use of the site. The first opera house was constructed in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet , and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later, the first season of operas by Handel began. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there.

The current building is the third theatre on the site, following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1856 to previous buildings. The façade, foyer, and auditorium date from 1858, but almost every other element of the present complex dates from an extensive reconstruction in the 1990s. The main auditorium seats 2,256 people, making it the third largest in London, and consists of four tiers of  boxes and balconies  and the amphitheatre gallery. The proscenium is 12.20 m wide and 14.80 m high.

This is an evening event and bookings can be made by contacting Stephen Wyman on 01273 494633. The price is £18 per person, including the lecture, a plated serving of cheeses, and a glass of wine.


Wednesday, September 29, 2021 – departing from The Henfield Hall at 8:30am

A day trip to a silk mill and a gin distillery. We believe the worms do not imbibe the gin.

We will explore the Whitchurch Silk Mill, a Georgian water mill that still weaves fabrics using Victorian machinery - the oldest mill still weaving silk in its original building. After lunch we visit the nearby historic Laverstoke Mill, housing the Bombay Sapphire distillery which showcases the care, skill and artistry behind every drop of their gin.

Tickets on sale at the September meeting. Please note only 1 selling day or by application to Richard Oswald.  More details will follow in the next newsletter.  Price to be announced then.

Please note these arrangements may be subject to change.

Arts Volunteering

One of the main objectives of the Arts Society is to support Art in the Community. One of the positions in many local societies is an Arts Volunteer (formerly YoungArts) representative. TAS-H did approach the local school to see if they were interested in TAS-H sponsoring a project but there has never been any interest. We have however contributed to the Sussex Area sponsorship of a student at West Dean College. The students there do wonderful work. Janet recently sent the following link. For those of you who missed it:

Here is a Presentation by Andrew Braund who is this year's West Dean Sponsored Student.

You'll find the video by following this link from where it may be watched online or downloaded as best suits you.

The following was recently published in The Arts Society Bulletin:

“We are all aware that the arts have suffered greatly as a result of the Covid pandemic. The Arts Society would like to help its Member Societies support the arts locally and are offering a grant of £250 for them to donate to a local arts cause. By making this donation Societies will be able to connect with the arts locally and raise awareness for their ‘re-opening’ following lockdown”

As well as Young Arts and Skills it was suggested societies should apply to the Society for projects to support their local Art Gallery or Museum.  After talking to the chairman of the Museum we applied for a grant to help digitise some of their large collection of photographs and we have been awarded a grant. We will look to see if we can add to the £250 and we will hope to pass the money to the museum shortly

TAS-H committee


A number of Committee members will be retiring this year.  Several people have stepped forward to fill the vacancies but there are still some that have not been filled.

The proposed candidates/open positions are as follows:

Chairman:                           Caroline Newberry

Vice Chairman:

Treasurer:                          Liz Dodswell

Secretary:                          Diane Fuell

Membership Secretary:      Ursula Shepherd

Programme:                       Julia Simpson

Days of special interest:     Rosemary Nice



Website:                             John Wharton

Programme designer:        David  Hubner

Julia and Rosemary have both identified people to help them and the Trips really lend themselves to a partnership. We  hope all will be normal next year but we do need volunteers to fill these roles if we are going to have a full programme for the membership. If you would like more information please call Janet 01252713589

Sussex Area Days of special Interest

Just to remind you the days of special interest have been rescheduled to the autumn

Monday 4 October 2021

Music and Art 1450-1800 What Does That Painting Sound Like? An exploration of the many connections between music and art, illustrated with live music and providing a feast for ears and eyes. Presented by Adam Busiakiewicz

Monday 1 November 2021

From Magic Lanterns To Metro Goldwyn Mayer: The Birth of the Silver Screen and the Artists it Inspired. The development of the Motion Picture Industry, how it changed the face of entertainment and inspired the greatest artists of the early 20th century. Presented by Geri Parl.

Monday 29 November 2021 The Sublime To The Ridiculous: Hogarth, Reynolds and Gillray A Study of three artists, their lives, their works and their perceptions of Georgian society and politics. Presented by Linda Smit

To be held at: The Ark, Mounts Lane, Turners Hill, West Sussex RH10 4RA 10:00 am to 3:00pm. Tickets will be available from Eventbrite from Date to be Advised £35 per day (including lunch) or £18 (without lunch) For more information contact Richard Beale sussexarea@theartssociety.org Any monies accrued by running the Area's Special Interest Days will be used in furtherance of the Arts Society's charitable objectives.

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