NEWS

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JULY 2018- 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 from now up to 30 June 2019.

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.

3 JULY 2018 – AGM BEFORE TONIGHT’S LECTURE

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We will hold the AGM on Tuesday 3 July 2018 before the lecture so the timings for the evening are drinks from 7pm, AGM at 7.30pm, lecture at 8pm, free drinks & nibbles at 9pm. Please arrive as early as you can because the signing-in area in the entrance hall will be very busy. Click here for the AGM agenda.

15 SEPTEMBER 2017 – BACK FROM BERLIN

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We got back from Berlin this evening after six brilliant days there. We were a small group of 19 and all the arrangements went off incredibly smoothly and our guide Tom Abbott was a gem. We stayed in the fun Hotel Berlin and enjoyed a good mix of art galleries, museums, history, food and even time for a bit of shopping. We all had a great time. Many thanks to Tailored Travel for putting the trip together for us.

28 AUGUST 2017 – IGHTHAM MOTE & CHEVENING APPLICATIONS CLOSED

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Applications for the 3rd October visit to Ightham Mote House and Chevening House are now closed. As expected, the visit proved very popular and was oversubscribed. It went to ballot and everybody has been advised whether they were successful or unsuccessful in the ballot.

Chevening House is the country home of the Foreign Secretary and the Trustees only allow 8 group visits a year. It was therefore a tremendous privilege to have been chosen to be one of those eight in 2017. We were probably successful because the architect in charge of the 1960’s renovations to the house was Sir Donald Insall who is one of our members. He will talk to us over tea and we have invited the Trustees and staff to join us.

Unfortunately a lot of members were unsuccessful in the ballot and it transpires that our committee member who has been working on this visit for three years will not be able to go on it because he has been called up for Jury Service. C’est la vie. We will continue to apply every year for further visits to the house and to the gardens but we would not expect to be chosen again for at least five years. We’ll see.

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!!