Members

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WELCOME TO ALL

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We would love you to become a member. It’s really easy to join and we don’t have a waiting list. Just phone Richard Lebus, who is the Membership Secretary, on 020 8892 9696 or send a brief email to richmond@theartssociety.org or click here to go to the membership form or complete our Contact Us form or just turn up at the door on a lecture evening.

We are famous for our friendly welcome to new members. That starts right from the beginning with a welcome telephone call from one of the committee, usually from Richard. And when you arrive for your first event which will usually be a lecture, we take you under our wing and introduce you to other members. You are never left to cope on your own.

Our annual membership fees are £40 single, £75 double.

If you are an artist such as a painter or sculptor, you might prefer the similarly named Richmond Art Society whose website is at www.richmondartsociety.com.

Members may be interested in the lectures offered by our neighbouring societies, The Arts Society Chiswick, The Arts Society Kingston, The Arts Society Wimbledon and The Arts Society South West London in Putney. Members attending any of those lectures would have to pay their guest fee. And of course there are the study days, courses and other events of The Arts Society Greater London Area.

17 AUGUST 2017 – BRILLIANT DAY AT THE WALLACE COLLECTION

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Unlike other societies we do not close down in August. Our August lectures and visits are very popular and well supported. Today we visited the Wallace Collection. In the morning one group did a Highlights Tour of the Paintings and a second group did a Tour of the Decorative Art and Sèvres Porcelain. Then in the afternoon the groups swapped over and did the other tour. There was plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely lunch in the excellent Wallace Restaurant. A great day.

14 AUGUST 2017 – OUR YOUNG ARTS PROJECT

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Our Young Arts project, called PICTURE PLAY, has been recognised as a tremendous success by The Arts Society and by Richmond Council. Cllr Meena Bond, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Arts and Culture, said: “It is very important to support young artists to pursue their dreams while inspiring others to do the same. This exhibition is a perfect example of how to accomplish both, while at the same time providing Richmond residents with the opportunity to see wonderful pieces of artwork”.

28 JULY 2017 – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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The aim of our website design is that every question can be answered in no more than two clicks. Typical questions are: Is there a lecture in August? What is the email address of a committee member? What is the Gift Aid figure for this year?

Members are encouraged to locate the answers to their questions themselves as it is becoming increasingly time consuming for the webmaster to answer all the questions individually. There are of course over 300 members.

If however you are not able to find an answer within two clicks, please email richmond@theartssociety.org so that the webmaster can answer your question and change the website in order to satisfy the two-click rule.

And Yes, there is an August lecture!!

25 AND 26 JULY 2017 – CANTERBURY AND SALTWOOD CASTLE VISITS

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Great visits to Canterbury and nearby Saltwood Castle. The one-day visit was so popular we had to repeat it. Saltwood Castle was where the murder of Thomas Becket was planned. More recently, it was the home of Bill Deedes, the editor of The Times, and later the home of Alan Clark, the businessman, author and Cabinet Minister.

4 JULY 2017 – NEW NAME, NEW LOOK

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At the AGM on 4 July 2017 members unanimously voted to change the name of the society from Richmond & District Decorative and Fine Arts Society to THE ARTS SOCIETY RICHMOND. We are excited by our new name which reflects NADFAS’s new trading name, The Arts Society. We have an exciting programme of events scheduled […]

DATE REMINDERS

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This is just to confirm two dates. The Teddington Village Fair is on Sunday 25 June 2017 and the lunch party that Jenny and Richard Lebus are hosting is on Sunday 2 July 2017.

11 APRIL 2017 – NEW CHURCH RECORDING PROJECT

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We are starting a new Church Recording group to record all the treasures, furnishings and artefacts at St Mary with St Alban Church in Ferry Road, Teddington TW11 9NN which is at the river end of the High Street, near Teddington Lock. Several bus routes stop nearby and we may be able to arrange car shares.

Once we get going, probably in September 2017, the group will meet for about 3 hours once a month but it’s very flexible and attendance is of course not needed every month. No experience or expertise is required, just interest and enthusiasm. Training will be provided by NADFAS which will be useful.

We all love Richmond DFAS and we hope that you will consider giving some of your time to this exciting project. It is the only Church Recording project in the London area being undertaken at present.

Please would you email Sue Stevens by Sunday 7th May to tell her whether you are interested in joining the group. Her email address is sustevens@dsl.pipex.com.

It should be fun.