Newsletter December 2020

Newsletter December 2020

4 Feb 2021 - 14:38 BY Gill Theaker

          NEWSLETTER CHRISTMAS 2020

Dear Members,

We’ve almost reached the end of 2020 – and what a year it’s been! However, we at The Arts Society Tonbridge have so much to be grateful for.

First of all, membership. We have lost just a handful of members, which is a tremendous result, and thanks go to Julie Kury for dealing with this. Reminder: those who have not renewed by the end of the year will be removed from the list.

Secondly, finances are in good shape. We could never have envisaged the need for a postal ballot AGM, and therefore a change to the constitution, but it happened. The fact that our application for an online banking facility had yet to be processed did not make life any easier, and thanks go to Dariel Francis for the endless patience and hard work involved.

Covid has, of course, necessitated changes to our programme and the way it’s delivered, with committees, members and lecturers having to embrace the Zoom/Webinar culture. To say this has at times been traumatic would be an understatement! Unfortunately, our January and February lecturers are unable to offer this option but that has positive consequences. For February 25th we have booked Paula Nuttall on Raphael (you will remember her excellent lecture on Christmas in Renaissance Art this time last year) and we have decided to move our Study Day with Sally Dormer on the Treasures of Romanesque Europe (cancelled at short notice last March) to January 28th, and make it COMPLETELY FREE for members! That has to be a good way to start the New Year - a late Christmas present and a reward for your (alert: Boris Speak) incredible loyalty and support. I’m grateful to Sonia Bryant for helping to make this happen. She and her husband Richard have also provided invaluable assistance in my attempts to master the art of webinars. Rehearsals have been a source of much mirth as well as frustration! Thanks also go to Janet Spink, whose job it is to make endless changes to our website.

Study Day schedule will be as follows: First lecture 10.00 – 11.15, followed by a 30 minute break, before the 2nd and final lecture 11.45 – 1.00. During the break I’ll try to give you all a chance to talk to each other by turning cameras back on and unmuting. Fellow chairmen who’ve done this talk of chaos that somehow works! Why not invite a friend to watch with you if it’s permitted by then - maybe you can encourage them to join?

Before then I intend inviting some of you to join me for a Zoom chat and exchange of news and views – no obligation to attend. I am also attaching an Art Quiz to keep you busy over the Xmas period. Answers can be obtained from me if required. It just remains for me to wish you all a happy Christmas, whatever form it takes, and let’s look forward to that complementary study day to start off a new and better year!

Very best wishes,

Gill Theaker, Chairman

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