MAY 2020 NEWSLETTER
11 May 2020 - 15:31 BY Nigel Emery
MAY 2020 NEWSLETTER
On behalf of all members of your Committee team I would like to say how disappointed we are that we have not been able to meet up with you since the end of February. As I am sure that you will have guessed, our season has been drawn to a premature close because of the pandemic. The earliest possible restart will be 24th September.
Much has been going on behind the scenes, virtual meetings have taken place, speakers that we have missed have all been rescheduled into the future and decisions taken on issues arising from the enforced meeting cancellations.
Your membership will be extended, at no cost to you, into the 2020/21 season and we will review the situation when we have a better idea of how things will work out. It is possible that we could start the renewal process towards the end of this calendar year, but to cover the period January to June 2021, at a reduced fee, reflecting the shorter period.
Each month a newsletter will be issued with any relevant information about what is happening at your society. Additionally, we will try and give you a selection of what’s on in the world of the ARTS e.g. Virtual Museums, Theatre, Ballet, Dance, Opera and Concerts etc being shown on various mediums. We are well aware that it is important not to bombard you with information and so unless we have something that we believe to be of particular interest and time limited, we will only issue one newsletter per month. There is so much available do take a look, there will be something of interest to everyone at the click of a button and FREE.
OTHER COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE ARTS SOCIETY
The team in London will continue to issue THE ARTS SOCIETY MAGAZINE, Become an Instant Expert and Stay Connected with THE ARTS SOCIETY, the latter two draw on the knowledge of our accredited speakers and, although no replacement for a normal meeting, there will be something of interest to most. If you have not done so already, please take a look.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Our AGM will be postponed until we know when it can take place and we will notify you accordingly. The Committee report covering the whole season, accounts and voting papers will be issued in good time for the meeting.
As already notified, LESLEY CROUCHER will take over the role of Chairman at the start of the new season. Carole Screve-Hall is standing down as membership secretary and SUE SADLER will take over. Roger Day has been appointed with the tile of Website Manager, a new role for us. We extend a warm welcome Sue and Roger and grateful thanks to Carole. More about this in the committee report.
STAINED GLASS IN LONDON CHURCHES
Alexandra Epps, our excellent February speaker has supplied a list of Churches for those who would like to visit after lockdown is lifted. In the Church of St Magnus the Martyr, very close and accessible from the north east side of London Bridge, you will find the 120 year old scale model of the old London Bridge. It is 4 metres long, complete with houses, individual models of people and animals. See if you can spot the one interloper, a uniformed policeman.
YOUNG ARTS - SPONSORED WEST DEAN STUDENT - HOLLIE DRINKWATER.
Our contribution to a YOUNG ARTS project has again taken the form of a contribution towards the sponsorship of a student at Wet Dean College. These students are the future conservators of our rich cultural heritage.
On behalf of the whole team I would like to send you our very best wishes at this trying time and hope that you manage to stay COVID 19 free. Hopefully by the time the next newsletter is issued we will have some positive news about some easing of the lockdown restrictions.
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