Thank you for your responses to the Zoom survey and to those who have renewed. The committee had hoped that we could resume live meetings at Blackwell Grange and the venue was preparing to receive us. However the area environmental health officer has now withheld permission and so we have no option in the current circumstances but to look for alternative methods of meeting. We will review the situation regularly as we would all prefer to meet up in reality.


Arts Society headquarters have provision to enable Zoom webinars for us. There is a charge but we are saving money on the hire of the meeting room as the contract was cancelled by the venue not by us. We are however contractually committed to pay the lecturers.


We are aware that many members are unwilling or anxious about using this platform and indeed for all of us it is a learning experience too so please bear with us as we try to get it right. Details will follow.... including some advice on how to access Zoom.


I will be posting out via MailChimp some guidance from HQ about using this. You won't be heard or seen but you can type questions via a 'chat' icon  that is visible. We hope to run a drop in virtual chat session for anyone who is anxious or uncertain how to do this. We have used this for two committee meetings, admittedly with fewer numbers, but it was successful.


All lectures are as advertised on the blue flier up until Jan 2021. We  will now be online using zoom webinars - with the exception of Lizzie Darbyshire 11am 21 September and Harry Fletcher 6.30pm 19 October which have been cancelled (to be rescheduled in 2021). The AGM has also been postponed until January 2021, but the committee will continue with interim appointments.

I would also like to draw attention to  Arts Society - lectures at home via Youtube on the dates below. I hope to send out reminders nearer the time.

From September to December The Arts Society will be holding live hour-long digital lectures for Members and Supporters, additional to Society events.


The talks will be given by some of our newest Accredited Lecturers; Mary Sharp, Peter Ross, Georgina Bexon and Matthew Denney.


Taking place on Friday lunchtimes, what better way to start your weekend? The lectures will be broadcast live on the Arts Society’s YouTube channel ( and will only be available to watch at the advertised time.


Please share details with friends and family who might enjoy them too. For more details:

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