Newsletter November 2021

Newsletter November 2021

12 Nov 2021

Autumn/ winter is definitely here. The brilliant autumnal leaf colours are in full display as seen here in Sheffield Park Gardens, the National Trust  Gardens in Sussex.

Our Autumn programme of lectures has also started brilliantly.  There has been an encouraging turnout at our first two live lectures and we will continue to hold hybrid meetings, ie face to face meetings with the option to view it live via Zoom. We are making a few minor adjustments to the quality of the zoom meetings but encourage you all to come and join us in the hall on

Thursday 18th November, at 13.15 for 13.45 start

I am delighted that our wonderful speaker this month is Patricia Lovett, MBE FRSA, a British scribe, calligrapher and Illuminator who lives locally. She is the author of several books and teaches calligraphy, illumination and manuscript skills in the UK and worldwide.   Her lecture The Queens’ Scripts, looks at and examines the historic documents which are currently on display in the new exhibition at The British Library, Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens

If you are unable to attend the live meeting, please click on the following zoom link on Thursday 18th November at 13.30

For full details of the lecture programme, please refer to your membership card or visit our website,


  • It is  recommended that you wear a mask when attending the meetings. 
  • Please remember to sanitise your hands on arrival, maintain a safe distance from others and do not attend if you know you have been in recent close contact with someone who has the Covid virus. 
  • We will NOT be serving any refreshments at the next few meetings and suggest that you bring your own water if you would like something to drink.  
  • The doors will be opening at the new time of 13.15 and lectures will start as usual at 13.45.  



Our December lecture, In The Frosty Season, by Annalie Talent, will be preceded by a glass of wine and a mince pie.  If we get enough support we will reintroduce refreshments at our meetings from January.

Please contact me if  you are able to help with catering arrangements.

Exhibition & visit reports:  

There is currently a most enjoyable exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey St.  Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counter Culture. There are over one hundred outfits on display by the radical young designers of the time who were making clothes for their own generation of musicians, artists and actors who styled themselves the Beautiful People. Their iconic designs hugely influenced pop culture and the Swinging London style that erupted over the next decade and it’s fascinating to see the originals up close.
There is the added attraction that the museum is only five minutes walk from the Shard exit at London Bridge with several handy coffee shops round Bermondsey St and the historic Leather Market square and surrounding streets are interesting to potter through if time allows. The exhibition is running until 13th March 2022. Valerie Glencross

(Ah the 60s….happy memories for some of us!)

If you would like to share details of any visits or exhibitions with members, please email me. Thank you.

The Arts Society, Sevenoaks have organised 'Treasures of the Borghese Gallery’: A Virtual Guided Tour with Stuart Harvey on Zoom at 14.30, Wednesday 24 November 2021.  Please contact Helen Thorne for further details,

FINALLY.  I hope many of you will have received both your flu jab and your Covid booster jab by now and perhaps will feel more confident about socialising. My best wishes to you all.  I look forward to seeing you at a lecture soon.    

Roz .  01732 810227

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