The Newsletter

Our lecture programme for 2021 is currently presented online and this will continue for the foreseeable future. In January we had the subject of 'The Prince and the Prophet' given by Professor Colin Davies and this was followed in February by 'The Subtle Science and Exact Art of colour in the English Garden' by Timothy Walker. In March, Patricia Andrew presented 'The Work of British Artists, Architects and Garden Designers in the Palaces and Gardens of St Petersburg' and in April we had a talk on the changing role of sculpture in our open spaces entitled 'Fresh Encounters: Contemporary Sculpture and the Public Space' by Anna Mosynska. In May we had a presentation by Andrew Prince 'Jewelled Journeys: The Art of Opulent Travel' and in June, our last talk this year until the new programme starts in  September, will be by Ian Swankie, 'Great Railway Stations - Evoking the Spirit of Romance and Adventure'.


Apart from our own online talks, there are presentations provided by local societies available on Zoom via the Arts Society. There is usually a fee of around £5. To find out what is available you need to go to the Arts Society website. There is also a list of talks available to download and print. Theses will also contain the illustrations used originally. There is also an Arts Society YouTube site which schedules what is, or will be, available.


From Jenn Bullen:

UK Welsh Tour 2021


Sadly, the UK Welsh Tour which was due to take place next month has had to be postponed because there has not been enough time to finalise the Itinerary. The hotel was all booked and all was in order there but it has been difficult to settle the Itinerary due to the pandemic. I have therefore taken the decision to move it to  2022 and the dates are 30th June to 3rd July. I do hope there will be a good take-up for this which should be a very enjoyable excursion.



From Rosalind Platts:

Church Recording - Volunteers needed

When life returns to normal we hope to start making a record of Church Furnishings of St. John The Baptist in Egglescliffe (just over the river from Yarm) and we would welcome more volunteers.

We describe the furnishings in sections, Memorials, Metalwork, Stonework, Woodwork, Textiles, Paintings, Library, (including local records), Windows and Miscellaneous.

Each object is described, measured and photographed and we try to find out the date, donor and history. We will meet together as a team, working in pairs, previous experience not necessary, perhaps meeting one morning every 2 weeks.

I hope to arrange an initial meeting for early July at the church.

If you are interested or would like to know more please contact me or 01642 701007


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