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Chairman's Summer Newsletter 2018
Saturday 21 July 2018

The Arts Society, Basingstoke

Summer Newsletter

                                    July 2018


Dear Member

Looking back over the last year there seems to have been a lot going on.

In October we celebrated our 25th year of what was Badfas.  Those present at that lecture were treated to Adam Busiakiewicz talking about and playing the lute and accompanying some lovely singing from mezzo soprano Harriet Kirk.  We had celebratory cake and sparkling wine.  The Mayor and Mayoress and June Robinson, National Chairman joined us and spoke about the society and its history.

In April there was a wonderful exhibition of art by our members at the Willis Museum.  There was some really excellent work on display and it all looked very professional, being properly hung and lit.  The opening was attended by the deputy Mayor and Mayoress, Maria Miller MP and Chris Esplin-Jones, Area Chairman.   Chris gave a very interesting speech about the history and future development of The Arts Society and its desire to widen and diversify the membership of societies.  He also spoke about the positive effects of art on mental health and those with disabilities.

We have some new committee members, I would like to welcome Gill Waller as Programme Secretary and Alison Granger as Website Secretary.  Gill Barlin, previous Website Secretary has taken on the role of Secretary.   Other committee members remain the same.  I am grateful to have an excellent committee who will keep our society running smoothly over the next year.


I know there are lots of interesting lectures planned for the upcoming season.  Details of these are in your programme card and on the website.  You will receive your new cards sometime next month.  There is also a lovely holiday to Northern Italy, again details on the website.  If you are interested deposits must be paid in August.


Young Arts

There are activities afoot for young people in the area over the summer, details have been sent out already and are on the website.

Church recording

The Church Record is in the final stages of completion.  Maurice Harvey, the CRAR, is now checking it and when he gives his approval, it will be finished.  There will be a few more stages of preparing it for printing and the different electronic archives but the team expect to present it to St Leonard's before the end of the year.


Meeting Protocol

Please remember:

  • Sign in on arrival
  • 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).

Could I encourage you all to vote on our lectures, it is easy, go to  our website and the password is loddon.

I would like to wish you all have a very happy, healthy and peaceful summer, I look forward to seeing you all at our future lectures.

Julia Townsend-Rose

Chairman, The Arts Society Basingstoke