Newsletter Nov 2020

Newsletter Nov 2020

11 Nov 2020 - 10:00 BY Gill Theaker


Newsletter, November 2020



Dear Members,

And so it continues! Normal service will not be resumed any time soon. However, our Zoom lectures are certainly proving a great success, particularly last month, when we were treated to the experience of Peter Medhurst playing from his music room at home on his own Steinway, rather than pressing a button on a sound system. Since he also made a recording of the lecture available for a few days, many of you took the opportunity to watch it at a later date or even a second time!

AGM: Thank you to all of you who responded to the AGM form. We achieved our quorum, which means that the necessary adjustments to our constitution have been made and our accounts and new committee have been approved.

Membership: I would like to say I’m amazed at just how many of you have so promptly renewed but, actually, I’m not! You have proved to be incredibly loyal and supportive throughout these extraordinary times Thank you - it makes all the hard work worthwhile and I find I’m buzzing with new ideas rather than sinking into a slough of despair! However, don’t forget that, even if there’s no need to pay this year, owing to the cancelled study day refund, you will still need to return the form for our records.

Other news: I’m pleased to announce that we have made another Young Arts grant to Oakley Special Needs School in Tonbridge, this time towards camera equipment to enable their sixth form students to undertake ‘safe’, stimulating project work in the coming months. We hope that we will be able to show you the results of this at a future meeting, as we did last year.

Coming up: Our usual Christmas lunch will, of course, not be taking place but I’m hoping we can celebrate a return to some sort of normality with a special outside tea at Hadlow Manor in the summer. That would be quite some party – I might even wear a dress again!

We don’t, of course, have a lecture in December but I feel this year we need to offer you something, however small, to brighten the days. What would YOU appreciate.? Perhaps we could participate in an online arts quiz or meet in Zoom groups of about 8 to share experiences and news over a cup of tea or glass of wine? Personally, I would like to put faces to some of the members who have been sending me such encouraging emails and am considering inviting small groups to join me in informal get togethers. We could offer get to know you or q&a sessions. Suggestions in an email, please!

November 26th lecture

The excellent Toby Capwell, will be talking about Knights in the Sky: Chivalry, Art and Reality in the Great War – an appropriate topic for this month of remembrance.

Thanks, as always, to my hardworking committee. Stay safe and well.


Best wishes,

Gillian Theaker, Chairman













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