Chair’s Newsletter 2018
My second year as Chairman has been a full and, at times, a challenging one.
The programme of lectures has been excellent and very varied for which I thank Sarah. Additionally, I would like to thank those members who have hosted speakers which is a rewarding experience for which new volunteers are always welcome.
The 2017 Day of Special Interest was a feast for the imagination with David Bostwick regaling us with images and objects relating to food and drink from 1500 to 1700. As usual the Committee worked tirelessly to provide a delicious lunch. Shirley has scored another hit for this October with her organization of the forthcoming DSI when Sarah Dunant will reveal the scandals of the Borgias.
A large group spent a fascinating and hugely enjoyable day in April visiting the Wedgewood factory and museum. Our thanks go to Caroline for her excellent organization. We also have Caroline to thank for providing refreshments at each lecture.
In June, 35 members enjoyed a most successful four-day visit to Shropshire organized by Lynda whose return to the Committee has been a bonus.
The Arts Society celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a Service at Westminster Abbey which Sue Young and I were so fortunate to attend. The Arts Society currently numbers over 90,000 members in the UK and abroad. The name change from NADFAS has generally been popular with the aim of a clearer understanding of what we stand for.
During the year we have had to make a concerted effort to attract new members. I would like to thank Dexter for producing an attractive leaflet which I believe has helped to increase our numbers. Although sadly two long-standing members died during 2018 and six members resigned due to ill health. I am pleased to report that 11 new members joined. However, we still need to make every effort to keep up numbers for our continued survival.
I would like to thank all our Committee for their enthusiasm and hard work. Sue Young and Sue Willington have done excellent work in their new roles of Membership Secretary and Treasurer. Rosemary has again fulfilled the crucial role of Secretary with her usual calm efficiency. During the year Celia joined the Committee to represent the Young Arts. I urge members to consider being on the Committee; we currently need two new members to ensure successful continuity when long-standing members stand down.
Finally thank you to all our members for your continued support and appreciation. With very best wishes