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September 2018 National Bulletin
Thursday 20 September 2018


It's been a fun-filled and busy anniversary summer for The Arts Society.

Thank you to those who have been uploading news stories about your Golden Jubilee celebrations and other activities to the website. All Society stories can be viewed on the Latest News page of our website: news

We enjoyed reading about The Arts Society Clapham Common's Young Arts collaboration with a local theatre ( society-routes), as well as the drumming workshop ( features/drumming-workshop) sponsored by North Wiltshire Young Arts, which provoked a heart-warming remark from a boy in Year One: ‘I liked it because it made my heart laugh, my head has laughed before but not my heart.’

Other summer highlights include a successful series of walks and talks as part of the Great Exhibition of The North ( trails-treasures) and our second Lecturing Academy ( news-features/lecturing-academy-2018), where eleven young hopefuls faced their fears to become better speakers. It's the last day of the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in London's Berkeley Square today. The Arts Society was an official talks partner ( again this year. We hope you were able to attend and enjoy the talks - we'll have some photos on the website soon.

Florian Schweizer continues his Running the Arts challenge, to complete fifty 10-kilometre runs before the end of the year to raise funds for The Arts Society's charitable activities. He has been up and down the country, and abroad, visiting Societies and completing their proposed routes. Earlier this month Florian also participated in a half marathon, the Great North Run.

Please read on for important updates!



Good luck to all Societies and Areas that have organised Our True Gold events this weekend! Thank you for sharing the details with us. We've listed all the events that are open to the public on the website ( our-true-gold), and you can find the press release (

Taking place from 22-23 September, this initiative aims to acknowledge our partners and celebrates our joint achievements over many years. Events will take place in venues where Societies have worked in partnership. They will introduce members of the public to the venue's collection (their 'true gold') and to the important work of our volunteers.

If you've organised an Our True Gold event (which is open to the public) and it's not currently listed on our website, please email with the details.


Directory Day, the annual meeting for programme planners and accredited lecturers, will take place in London on Thursday 28 March 2019. For more details and to register please follow the link below. You will need the passcode DirectoryDay2019 (entered without spaces and with the capital letters) to access the page. Book: https://the-arts-societys-

The Arts Society Victoria will be opening on 6 November with a talk by one of our most popular lecturers, Leslie Primo. Doors open from 6.30pm with wine & soft drinks available. The Society will meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm at The Grey Coat Hospital School. If you or someone you know would be interested in joining please email or click below to complete and return the membership application form. Membership form: 835b-4859646ca80c/Victoria_Membership_Form.docx

In order for us to ensure that we have the most current information about your Society, please check that your Society's details are kept up to date on the website. This can be done in the Manage My Society section in the Resources Area. Guidelines on updating your Society’s details are attached here. Contact if you have any queries. Update your details: 91de-74c4f4c0db96/Updating_My_Society_Details_Activities.pdf

The Education Department is searching for volunteers to help on a regular basis with the recruitment of new lecturers for the Directory of Lecturers; this can be in-person at The


Arts Society House or via remote working. To find out more about the role please contact:

Our Training Hub Days are open to all! To book, please
email Upcoming days include: 15th October - MailChimp for Beginners at York, Bar Convent / 22nd October - Programme Planners at Leicester, Stamford Court / 6th November - Committee Recruitment at York, Bar Convent

The Finance Department will be running a Treasurers Training session on 6 December, 11am - 4pm. To book a place, please contact A separate training session will take place on 11 December, which is aimed specifically at anyone who is considering taking up a Treasurer role but has not yet done so. This session will focus more on the requirements of the role.

Societies are reminded that it is possible to pay your Affiliation Fee by direct debit. Anyone wishing to take advantage of this option should to obtain the necessary forms.

The Arts Society Magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Sue Herdman, has written some useful guidance for submitting stories to the Societies section. Please log in to the Resources Area of the website and follow the link below.

Societies that are part of the national Gift Aid scheme are reminded that the scheme runs according to the calendar year. Any submissions should be made
to to allow these to be processed well in advance of 31 December 2018.

An appeal to members of The Arts Society who are also members of the National Trust! We need your help to maintain our position as one of the National Trust's Appointing Bodies. Click below for more information. Please share details with your members. 601a-478e-86d5-fc5b1a31f402/Plea_to_Members.pdf

Please contact the Education Department if you have a booking with lecturer Dr Janet Robson:

Top tip! To support their launch year, The Arts Society Nadder Valley sought sponsors to cover their costs, securing over £500. Click below for their advice on how sponsorship can help. 95d6-4e2b-9602-54d7781b6062/Case_Study_Sponsorship_Nadder_Valley.pdf

Call for applications! Societies have until 30th September to submit applications for the autumn round of grants. This year, our Members have voted for three key areas of giving; young arts, skills development and regional museums, galleries and arts


organisations. For more details and to apply, please click

We already offer branded balloons and bunting for your events... now you can order tablecloths too! XL Displays are offering Societies custom packages on their branded tablecloths. Click below for details. b90b-c94f948a65a4/The_Art_Society_Custom_Packages_LR_copy.pdf

We are hoping to open new Societies in Portugal and to get the ball rolling we will be holding two free taster events where people will get the chance to sample all that The Arts Society has to offer.

For enquiries please contact the membership team on 0207 430 0730 or email