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Chairman's Summer Newsletter 2019
Thursday 22 August 2019

The Arts Society Basingstoke  
Summer Newsletter August 2018

Dear Member
Sadly, it feels as if summer is already drawing to a close but hopefully we shall still have some fine weather to enjoy before winter sets in.
We have been treated to some excellent lectures and study days this season.   Members seem to have particularly praised the lectures on Ice Age Art, Mdina Glass and the final lecture of the year on Punch and Judy was a real treat!
I know that there are some really interesting lectures planned for the coming season, which I hope you will all be able to attend.
The holiday to Northumberland takes place in September; several members had requested a UK holiday and no doubt the visit to this beautiful county will be memorable.
You should by now have received your new programme card.  If you have not, please check that you have renewed. Any problems regarding renewing please contact the Membership Secretary Mrs Gill Jones,

Young Arts
Teresa Hook organised a project in the Chineham library, at which several children created a sculpture of a monster.  They had a good time doing this, giving vent to their creative urges and of course
, such events get them into the library, where they might discover books rather than their tablets and video games.

Heritage Volunteers and Discovery Trails
Our volunteers continue their good work. Maureen Ashworth and Therese David are still working through the silver at the Royal Green Jackets Museum and John Craze has been busy with Discovery Trails and hopes to complete one for Greywell Church.

Church Recording
The Church Record for St Leonard’s Church Sherfield-on-Loddon is complete and has been presented to the church.  This is a splendid document and can be seen at our lectures.  We all remain impressed at the amount of work that went into this.
I have been anxious to encourage the membership to vote after lectures.  This feedback is important for several reasons.  The quality of the lecturers is key.  The Arts Society monitor this all the time by means of the ratings and comments sent in by all societies after every lecture nationally.  In addition, at Area level, feedback forms and comments are exchanged regularly.  If a lecturer is found to be getting poor feedback he/she can be helped to improve the quality of content and delivery or could be dropped from the Directory. Voting is easy on our website; you can do it on your smartphone or computer and the password is loddon, all lower case.
Some good news: in future, you will be able to pay for visits and study days by card when you attend lectures. I am sure we shall all find this very useful.
Finally, I would like to thank my committee for all their work and welcome new committee members, Tessa Elphick and Anna Scott.  Also, I would like to say thank you to David Tivey, who served as Treasurer for four years and stood down at the AGM.
Meeting Protocol
Please remember:

  • Sign in on arrival (This is important for fire regulations.)
  • Be seated by 10.40
  • Turn mobile phones off
  • If you need to leave early, sit near the door at the right-hand side of the hall. Please do not use a Fire Exit.
  • Park considerately (There are parking diagrams on the website, or ask a committee member for a copy.)
  • May I remind you to keep the Membership Secretary, Mrs Gill Jones, updated with your email address.  It is also a good idea to enter into your email address book.

Finally, I would like to thank all of you for your continued friendship and support of our society.  I look forward to seeing you in September.
Best Wishes
Julia Townsend-Rose
Chairman, The Arts Society Basingstoke