Newsletter June 2021

Newsletter June 2021

5 Jul 2021

Dear Member(s),

Well, restrictions may still be in place but there’s plenty to smile about. The sun is shining, gardens are coming to life and The Angel Centre has just informed me that they are taking provisional bookings again, starting with our September meeting. Like good scouts and guides, ‘be prepared’ has certainly been our motto from the start so, although we anticipate no further disruption to our lectures, we have erred on the side of caution and renewed our Zoom licence for another year. Likewise, we gave ourselves some leeway with the cream tea by arranging it for the beginning of August, so should be fine with that too. Further celebrations to follow in September! And, if you can’t physically travel far yet, The Arts Society is planning a virtual journey round the world for you, following the itinerary originally devised by Jules Vernes, which should be fun.


Sadly, our October lecturer, Graham Griffiths, who was to have spoken on ‘The Astonishing Mozart’, has been forced by serious illness to cancel but Sonia is working on a replacement and I will be giving you details concerning that next month.

Thursday, June 24th: James Taylor on Brilliant British Humour in the Forgotten Art of the Picture Postcard. From the Edwardian era to the outbreak of World War II millions of artist-drawn humorous postcards were produced not just for entertainment but to bolster morale, to inspire, instruct, motivate and persuade. Discover the popular themes and styles of the period and the reasons why their popularity waned with the British public. A good topic for what may now finally be called summer! Thursday, July 22nd: Colin Davies on Zaha Hadid, Architect and Superstar.

Young Arts

Many arts societies have been unable to continue their activities in this area but The Art Department of Oakley Special Needs School in Tonbridge has found ways to keep their pupils motivated and engaged, and I would like to share with you a message from Jo Weekes.

‘We are extremely grateful to Tonbridge Arts for your continued support, enabling us to purchase our first SLR Nikon camera. Our students face challenges with academic achievement everyday but one area they really can shine in is the Arts. With the addition of this new camera, they can capture moments in time, and in each other’s lives, in a creative and experimental way. They will learn about composition, focus and perspective, as well as downloading, editing and enhancing images. Students are now gradually being allowed off site and will be encouraged to use the camera to explore the local environment and community as it awakens after the pandemic.’

What a positive note to end on.

Gill Theaker, Chairman

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