Spring Newsletter

20/03/18

 

Spring Newsletter

Well, things have certainly moved on since my January communication. I am sure you will be very pleased to welcome JEFF WALKER as our new Treasurer and Membership Secretary. He worked as a chartered accountant for many years before he retired, so is more than qualified to look after our accounts. At the same time, Nancy's plea for a new Website Manager at our January lecture also bore fruit as GEOFF NEDEN, who is far more IT competent than anyone else on the Committee, offered his services. Both these gentlemen were co-opted onto the Committee at our meeting on 13th of this month.
 
WEBSITE
This is finally becoming more coherent, which I hope you have noticed if you have looked at it recently. Geoff is working hard to rationalise it further, especially so that members can find 'documents' such as application forms in the most logical places. We must also be grateful to Nancy and George Mills for holding the fort since last Autumn. Hard copies for events such as Study Days and Visits will continue to be available at the monthly lectures as I know many of you prefer this, even if you are able to access the website.
 
VISITS
1. Ravilious at Compton Verney
May I remind you that the date for this is now Tuesday 24th April and, at the moment, Judith can take further bookings. Although the maximum number is 40, we do need a minimum of 30 participants to make the cost of the coach viable. This visit ties in so well with last September's lecture that it should be well supported.
2. Malvern in June
Judith is now going ahead with plans for a visit to the Morgan Factory and Madresfield Court. We should be able to give you further details at the April Lecture.
 
LECTURES and STUDY DAY
This week sees the return of Daniel Snowman to tell us about the history and development of the Covent Garden Piazza, reflecting the changes in society over the past four centuries. 
The following week there is the Study Day on Tuesday 27th March at Cawley Hall, given by Peter Medhurst, of which so many of us have great expectations. The combination of Paintings and Music is a new approach for this Society and one which reflects the wider remit that NADFAS envisioned with its change of name. There are still places available, so please let Avis know this week if you have not already booked.
Then, in April and May, we have lectures on Portmeirion and Burlington House and The Royal Academy of Arts to look forward to.
 
Finally may I remind you that, prior to the lecture on 16th May, we will be holding our AGM which marks also the end of my first year as your Chair. I am making a strong plea now for further members to join our Committee, especially as we will need a new Secretary at that time and we have been at least two people short for most of the 2017/18 season. Everyone works very hard to provide an interesting programme of events and to ensure the smooth running of our Society so more hands would lighten the load. New people may also bring new ideas.
 
Yours sincerely,
Lesley Shew, ASTV Chair