Newsletter September 2021

Newsletter September 2021

6 Sep 2021

It’s September, the schools are back and so are LIVE LECTURES!

Please join us at the beautifully refurbished (and renamed) Bat & Ball Centre, Cramptons Road, Sevenoaks. (It’s what was called The Community Hall where we used to meet before it was closed for the refit)  The hall is clean, fresh, large and inviting with a huge screen and impressive new high-tech facilities. Put the date in your diary now 

                                       THURSDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER

We have the excellent lecturer, SIMON SELIGMAN, for our first lecture, 

‘From Venice to Sheffield – John Ruskin’s passion for art, craft and social justice”


THERE WILL BE SOME ESSENTIAL CHANGES TO THE FORMAT OF THESE MEETINGS FOR THIS LECTURE SEASON. Many of these are in accordance with NHS & government guidelines in order to keep us all safe and Covid free.  

  • 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. 
  • You may also wish to take a lateral flow test at home to confirm a negative reading. 
  • 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.  (If in future, a 14.00 start would be more convenient please contact me or a member of the committee) 
  • We recommend that you email the membership secretary, Jane Meek,  if you intend to attend the lecture.


Volunteer forms.  Thank you to all who responded to the volunteer form which will help when forming new committees next year.  It’s not too late to respond if you forgot to do so before. We still need a new minutes secretary and another technical wizard to help Jack!


 THE ARTS SOCIETY KNOLE, AGM  papers will be sent out to all members in mid -September either by email or by post.  We ask you ALL, please, to respond to the proposals either by email or post.    The results of the AGM will be announced at the start of the October lecture meeting.  If you would like to nominate someone for the committee or to have a resolution included in the papers then please send these to our membership secretary, Jane Meek ( or contact me (01732 810227).

The main item on which we will need your responses is the proposed increase in fees for the 2022 season.  There are several reasons that we are asking you to approve an increase, which are mainly to do with the increase of  our expenses. The fees for the hall will be higher next year as will the lecturers’ fees, and the capitation fees for The Arts Society. The other reason for this proposed increase is the drop in membership numbers.  Unfortunately, we have lost  several members during the past 2 years and there are some who do not feel able to rejoin  because of ill-health.          

For us to maintain the high standard of lectures in a lovely environment that we have been used to then we will need to increase your subscriptions in order to break even. I do hope you will support this proposal. We also ask that you encourage your friends or family to join.

A new feature of our newsletter :Exhibition & visit reports:

One of the most memorable exhibitions I have been to lately is the Banksy Exhibition in Covent Garden. Supposedly unauthorised by Banksy himself, it contains pictures from private collections, so not great lumps of wall hacked off from somewhere. It is set in a very atmospheric place, not a gallery or museum but seemingly underground in a series of dark corridors. This allowed you to view each picture in your own space as the people in front of you slowly moved through the exhibition, so very good for social distancing. I had not realised how witty he is. Some of the best bits were his quotes written on the walls, which made you laugh and think in equal measure. One of the best was “Nobody ever listened to me until they didn`t know who I was “. It is not often that I rave about an exhibition & tell everyone to go and see it, but I did about this one. Something really different. Not sure if you can still see it, but worth the expensive price if you can. Helen Turner 

If anyone’s looking for a complete change of scene, fresh air and a very Covid secure outing, can I thoroughly recommend the Weald and Downland Museum in Singleton West Sussex. We made our first visit over thirty years ago and were most impressed by the vision of the founders and their team of hardworking volunteers who painstakingly reconstructed and recreated historic buildings using heritage craft skills and materials in a beautiful valley setting.

It was an absolute treat to return this summer and see more buildings and gardens in place and timed displays of traditional farming methods used to maintain the land.

All the volunteers were enthusiastic and knowledgeable, efficiently directing one small group of visitors into each property at a time and as most buildings there don’t have glazed windows the ventilation was excellent. 

There’s a very sympathetically designed new cafe area with excellent food and best of all, dogs are very welcome!  Valerie Glencross


I hope you are all keeping well and I look forward to SEEING many of you at the September lecture and to hearing your thoughts on live lectures. My best wishes to you all,       Roz  01732 810227





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