March 2021 New2sletter

March 2021 New2sletter

5 Apr 2021 - 10:29 BY The Committee

The Arts Society Henfield e-Newsletter

Issue 17 March 2021

It is the most beautiful day and the second after some of the restrictions have been listed. It was wonderful to have a friend for coffee in the garden. I hope most of you have been able to enjoy similar simple pleasures

Our February Zoom lecture was the best attended yet. Most of us are getting the hang of it and it is almost the best way to appreciate some detailed images. Imogen Corrigan was able to bring to life the Master Mason with details from various cathedrals and wonderful contemporary illustrations of rickety scaffolding and Heath Robinson machines.

At least the next two lectures will have to be by Zoom. Please contact us if you would like help to join us. Details of the lecture are given below and we will send the Zoom link the day before the lecture

We are hoping we can have the Lady Oliver lecture in the Hall with whatever social distancing is required in July.


On Monday, April 12, 2021 - 14:30 our Zoom lecture will be:

THE MAGIC OF PATTERN by David Phillip Design patterns are divided

Design patterns are divided into three fundamental groups: behavioural, creational, and structural. What are the differences?

We will look at the ideas behind patterns from those in the Alhambra to those of William Morris.

On Monday, May 10, 2021 - 14:30 our Zoom lecture will be:

Caspar David Friedrich and early German Romanticism by Colin Pink A

German Romanticism was the dominant intellectual movement of German-speaking countries in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, influencing philosophy, aesthetics, literature and criticism. Compared to English Romanticism, the German variety developed relatively early, and, in the opening years, coincided with Weimar Classicism (1772–1805). In contrast to the seriousness of English Romanticism, the German variety of Romanticism notably valued wit, humour, and beauty.

The Sussex Area program of special interest days, which were cancelled in the spring, have been rescheduled for 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 the early 20th century. Presented by Geri Parlby

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 Smith

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

Any monies accrued by running the Area's Special Interest Days will be used in furtherance of the Arts Society's charitable objectives

Midhurst Virtual Walks

Last month 8 member of TAS-H joined the Midhurst group for a tour of a museum in Florence. This time it is:

A GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF BUDAPEST – TUESDAY 13TH April at 11.00 am (zoom will start at 10.45 am)

Enjoy a live, virtual walking tour of the beautiful Buda Castle district in Budapest in the company of one of the city's most well-known and entertaining guides. We will stroll through the main sites of the area, starting and ending at the Fisherman's Bastion which affords beautiful views over the River Danube towards Pest. We will pass the magnificent Matthias church and Holy Trinity statue whilst learning about the history and architecture of the city and then explore the medieval streets of the residential district, reaching the Alexander Palace which currently serves as the Presidential Palace. Our running commentary will cover topics such as the Hungarian language, gastronomy, wine and culture, interspersed with lots of entertaining stories!

Our tour includes interactive Q&A which Siân and our guide will manage throughout the visit. The visits will last an hour.

If you would like to join the Tour, the cost is £10 per household.  It is essential that you email no later than Saturday 10th April.  Your email address will then be forwarded to the organisers so that you can be sent an invitation to join the Zoom tour.  As for payment, please either send £10 by BACS to the Arts Society Henfield’s account 10746285 sort code 53-50-39, or post a cheque for £10, payable to the Arts Society Henfield, to our Treasurer Mrs Liz Dodsworth at 2 Strome Park, Washington Road, Storrington, West Sussex RH20 4FJ.

The Arts Society Henfield Committee

A number of the committee members will be retiring this September. We are looking for members who would like to be involved in the running of our branch of the Arts Society. A well as members we are looking for one person or a couple to organise our visits. Please contact Jan Oswald if you are interested. It is really quite fun!

St Margaret of Antioch, Ditchling –Church record

Church recording is no longer being supported by The Arts Society. The Arts Society Henfield initiated an update of 1980s record of St Margaret of Antioch. This was completed for us by Jennifer and Keith Cross and is one of the last records published by The Arts Society. A brief report from Jennifer and some beautiful pictures are given below:

The 2020 Church Record for St Margaret of Antioch, Ditchling, is now complete - updated from the Record produced in the 1980s.

Recording the church is undertaken in sections, Memorials, Metalwork, Stonework, Woodwork, Textiles, Paintings etc. Library, Windows and Miscellaneous.  There is also an Introduction which gives an overview.  Here are a few examples of the work.

Memorials.  In the chancel is a War Memorial to an Unknown British Soldier, this is a wooden Battlefield Cross  which  came   from  the St. Julian war  cemetery in Flanders  when  it was  replaced   by a stone . 

Metalwork.  A silver Communion Cup and Cover is held at the Treasury at Chichester Cathedral where precious items from the Chichester dioceses are stored for safe keeping.  It is dated 1567/8.  An ‘arabesque’ pattern is inscribed around the body which was used extensively in the 16th century. A silver Chalice and Paten dated 1998.  The chalice has a central ‘knop’ with three raised depictions of Christ the Redeemer.  These were made by Anton Pruden and Rebecca Smith who are local silversmiths.

Stonework.  On the south  wall of the sanctuary  is a restored 13th century piscina/credence, this  was originally  a double  piscina.  The west side   piscina still  retains  the  drain   and the east is now used as a credence table.  Adjoining this is a sedile (seat) of the same date.

Woodwork.  The reredos is in carved oak and was added in 1924/5 in memory of Ada Botting-Tuppen.  Her parents John and Jane are commemorated in the adjacent panelling together with their two sons.

Textiles.  The 125 kneelers worked in wool on canvas are all designs relating to St Margaret’s.  The kneelers were worked by both men and women from Ditchling, Hassocks, Keymer, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Brighton. Seaford and Southsea.  This project was planned from 1993.  There is an album in the church filled with photographs of the kneelers and dedications.

Paintings etc.  In the vestry is a watercolour showing St Margaret’s before its restoration.  The painting is by W A Delamotte (1775 - 1863) and dated September 1854.

Library.  This section includes all the books and documents in the church.  It also details the registers and records held at both the East and West Sussex Record Offices.

Windows.  One of the windows on the north wall of the chancel depicts St Margaret of Antioch after whom the church is named.  The story tells how St Margaret was swallowed by Satan in the shape of a dragon from which she escaped alive when the cross she carried irritated the dragon's innards.  She is depicted standing on a red dragon.  The window is by A L Moore.

Miscellaneous.  The tower clock by Tucker of London and is dated 1866.  Originally wound by a handle, which is still with the clock, it was converted to electrically powered automatic winding around 1999.

In the near future TAS-H will be presenting a bound record to the church


Become an instant expert!

Find out more about the arts by becoming a Supporter of The Arts Society.

For just £20 a year you will receive invitations to exclusive member events and courses,  special offers and concessions, our regular newsletter and our beautiful arts magazine, full of news, views, events and artist profiles.

Find out more

Share this page: