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Welcome to The Arts Society Weybridge


2nd September 2020:

Zoom lecture coming up.
There will be an online live Zoom lecture on Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 10.30 am. The lecturer is Stella Grace Lyons and she will be talking on "Magic Realism in New England: The mesmerising work of Andrew Wyeth". A day or two before the lecture all members will be emailed a link to click on in order to participate in the lecture and given sign-in details.

You may think "This is a lecture I wouldn't mind giving a miss to!" However:
* Stella Grace Lyons is an engaging young lecturer who gets very high ratings in the feedback from local societies to Arts Society head office
* She recently featured on the front cover of the Arts Society magazine
* She lives in Glamorgan, so this is an opportunity to hear a top lecturer from outside south-east England
* She says "Andrew Wyeth is my favourite artist and so many people respond to his work but because he's not that well known in the UK, hardly anyone books this talk. It is a crowd pleaser and I think your members will really enjoy looking at his work"
* Apart from lecturing she works as an artist's model for the internationally renowned figurative artist Harry Holland

31st August 2020

The committee is considering arranging one or more lectures through Zoom. More news to follow.

31st July 2020

We have been told by Whiteley Village that we can resume monthly lecture meetings in Whiteley Village Hall in September, but with a limit of 36 of our members attending, and with 2 metre social distancing. No additional members would be allowed if some members shared the same household. All members would have to sit 2 metres apart, with a limit of 36 including AV team etc.

We had been hoping for 80-100 members being allowed with "1 metre plus" distancing, i.e. 1 metre plus a face mask.

Our TASW committee have decided that it is not practicable to resume lectures in September if only 36 members are allowed to attend. Not practicable for members, the lecturers, or financially for the society as a whole.

Our chairman, Michael Guthrie, will be emailing members shortly setting out the current situation in detail.

Regarding the October AGM, the accounts, previous year's minutes, agenda, committee report, committee nominations etc will be placed on this website in due course, and members will be able to vote online in the 21 days up to the "date" of the AGM. There will not be a live Zoom meeting or similar. This does not completely comply with our constitution, which requires "a show of hands" etc, but it is simply not possible at the present time to comply with a constitution that did not foresee the present lockdown.

Lecturers have been very helpful in allowing their lectures to be postponed; we would like to thank them warmly.

Updates to the 2020 programme card

The lecture by Cherrill Sands, "Arts and Crafts gardens in the south-east", due to take place on 8th April 2020, has been postponed to 10th February 2021. The lecture by Susie Harries, "Pevsner in Surrey", due to take place on 13th May 2020, has been postponed to 14th April 2021. The lecture by Douglas Skeggs, "The Artists of Montmartre", due to take place on 10th June 2020, has been postponed to 13th January 2021 (updated on website on 19th March 2020). The lecture by Arantxa Sardina on "Sorolla, the Master of Light", due to take place on 12th August 2020, has been postponed to 10th March 2021. The lecture by Gavin Plumley "The Two Gustavs", due to take place on 9th September 2020, has been postponed to 8th September 2021. The lecture by Alice White on "Ways to look at painting", due to take place on 11th November 2020, has been postponed to 12th May 2021. The lecture by Anne Sebba on "Les Parisiennes: How women lived, loved and died in Paris from 1939-49", due to take place on 9th December 2020, has been postponed to a date to be fixed.

Please see Lectures 2020 page for details (updated on website 31st August 2020).

The visit to Lullingstone Castle on 24th June 2020 has been cancelled, as has the visit to Stratfield Saye on 15th April 2020, as also has the visit to Farley House on 24th August 2020 (updated on website on 17th March 2020).

As of 31st August 2020, the extended visit to Liverpool is going ahead.

A message from our Chairman, Michael Guthrie - 2nd June 2020

On behalf of the The Arts Society Weybridge committee I wish you well and hope that you are managing during these difficult times, although hopefully the situation is improving.

As you must realise, our society activities are at a standstill and until the Government allows meetings to take place and we have a venue, everything has to remain so.

Your committee has recently had an online meeting via
Zoom, which proved very successful.

I would like to advise members how we plan to get started once we have permission to do so.

Stephen Hayes has been cancelling lecturers with the required notice, who graciously accept the situation, and he is re-booking them for next year.

Tony Perei has ascertained from Whiteley Village Trust that they will reopen the hall as soon as is allowed. There might be restrictions on the number permitted in the hall with social distancing, but at this stage we do not really know.

In August we normally send out membership renewal notices. Until we know when we can restart, we will not send these notices out. When they do go out however, an allowance on next year’s subscription will be made for the lectures not given during this year.

Therefore, there may be a delay in issuing Programme Cards for 2021 until the programme is finalised and visits rebooked. Hopefully, we will be able to supply you with head office membership cards, and you will be able to look on our website for details of lectures and visits.

Tony Collinson-Jones has provisionally rebooked the visits to Stratfield Saye for April 2021, and Lullingstone Castle for June 2021.

The only visit for this year not cancelled so far is the extended visit to Liverpool. The tour operator, Tailored Travel, has advised that at present they are ready, willing and able to run the tour. Therefore, if those booked or TASW decide to cancel the visit on or before 20th July, regretfully those booked will have to forfeit their deposit.
Tony adds that he will be assessing the situation constantly, and we will take a decision in early July in the light of the government position then, and will communicate directly with the affected members, probably in the second week of July, before the balance of payments are due. If, by then it seems that the visit could go ahead, he will discuss with members concerned if in the light of their own circumstances they actually wish to.

The Special Interest Day in October is still planned, but again it will all depend on Government advice and whether the venue will be operating.

AGM: We have decided that the AGM should still take place in October, but in case we are unable to have it ‘live’ because of social distancing, we plan to have it online.

The relevant papers will be sent to you well in advance by email or post for those not having email, and will also be available on our website.

On the website there will be a voting paper. All you will have to do is insert your email address and tick the required box for yes or no for the proposals.

Our constitution states that a show of hands has to be made, but in these exceptional times I hope you will accept this method of voting.

If you have any objection to this, please let me know.

As has been mentioned many times, this society can only operate by having a committee. Committee members are re-elected at the AGM.

The current Vice Chairman Anne Gregory-Jones is the Chair designate, as I will be standing down having served for five years on the committee. However, I will remain as part of the AV team.

Therefore, there is a vacancy on the committee for someone to take over Special Interest Days. This involves choosing a double lecture for two events each year, March and October, arranging the hall venue, normally at Riverhouse Barn, and liaising with the caterer. Next March is already fixed, and if October this year is cancelled, hopefully the lecturer will accept a re-booking for October 2021.

This position does not take too much time but allows that committee member to become part of the team that runs the society, join the luncheons after the lecture with the lecturer and other committee members and helpers, and take part in the monthly committee meetings usually on the Friday after the lecture, and the annual self financing ‘committee only’ outing.

So please consider putting yourself forward!

I hope that you are receiving emails from head office. They are offering a lot of information on their website (
www.theartssociety.org) . Click on The Arts Society Connected, where you will find lots of information on the arts and what head office is offering.

Sian Walters, who lectured to us last October on
Caravaggio’s Final Years, is giving free lectures on Facebook every Monday morning at 09.30 hrs.

Live lectures will be on the main page every Monday at 9.30  - 

Please do not hesitate to phone any of the committee members should you need any further information or just an opportunity to keep in touch.

Keep safe

Best wishes

Michael G Guthrie – Chairman of TAS Weybridge on behalf of the committee.
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Val Shaw (left) (the TASW committee member handling Heritage Volunteers and Young Arts) with Caroline Coleman (Chairman of The Arts Society West Surrey Area) at the launch of Dementia Awareness Week (May 2019)

Welcome to The Arts Society Weybridge

Parking at Whiteley Village

Spaces have been allocated at the Rugby Club car park. Signs will direct you and there should be some signs to direct pedestrians to the hall.

There will be a mini bus, which will do two runs to the hall, 09.50 hrs. and 10.05 hrs., and two runs back to the car park after the lecture.

The bus seats twelve passengers each run.

There will be limited parking in
South Avenue near the hall for those who cannot manage the walk. This area will be marked by cones.  

The cones indicate where to park!

This is in addition to The Sanctuary car park area for those who need to be nearer the hall. (Car parking pass needed and available on request).

Please note that only members with a 
blue parking badge will be allowed to park next to the hall.

For a map of the parking areas please see the Venues page of this website.

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The Arts Society Weybridge

Weybridge Decorative & Fine Arts Society was founded in 2000. We are affiliated to The Arts Society formerly known as the National Association for Decorative & Fine Arts. In October 2017, following the lead of The Arts Society, we changed our name to The Arts Society Weybridge.

The Arts Society comprises Member Societies throughout the country whose aim is to increase enjoyment and knowledge of the arts and to stimulate interest in the preservation of our cultural heritage. The first Society was founded in Buckinghamshire in 1965 by the late Patricia Fay OBE and there are now over 320 societies with a membership of over 88,000. We have 300 members.

Our primary activity is a programme of lectures with a guest speaker. These talks take place at Whiteley Village Hall (pictured above), Octagon Road, off Burwood Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 4EH, at 10.30 am on the second Wednesday of each month (except July).

We also arrange visits to local places of interest, and trips abroad.

At our October 2017 AGM, our members voted unanimously to change our name from Weybridge Decorative & Fine Arts Society to The Arts Society Weybridge. This follows the recommendation of The Arts Society (formerly the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) and its rebranding.

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There are also special interest days which are usually held at the Riverhouse Barn (pictured right) in Walton-on-Thames.

The Arts Society Weybridge supports the Young Arts in Weybridge and local area by contributing to an arts activity for young people between the ages of 8 and 18.

We are in need of more help for our Audio Visual team, especially someone knowledgable in sound equipment.

13th September 2020 updated

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