April Newsletter

Dear Members,

Thank you all those who attended the AGM. Welcome to our new committee members- Donna Moore, as Youth Project Organiser and to Adrienne Pentland as a ‘dogs body’. We are now 12 on the main committee and, in addition, have the support of the projectionists and the tea/coffee helpers.  Those you came to the last lecture.”Cinema from the Rubbles-The Post War Politics of Ealing Studios” were treated to an outstanding lecture by Benedict Morrison. Brilliant. I wanted to sign on for one of his classes at Exeter University . Just to remind you that the May lecture has been changed from the advertised one. It will now be JOHN SELL COTMAN: LOST IN LANDSCAPE by Timothy Wilcox. John Sell Cotman was a true Romantic. A contemporary of Turner and Constable, he was one of the most original watercolour painters in what is now regarded as the Golden Age for the medium in British art. Yet, in his day, Cotman depended almost entirely on teaching and printmaking for his income. This lecture explores Cotman’s early successes among the Welsh mountains and along the banks of the Greta in North Yorkshire. His ideal of total immersion in nature then eluded him for the best part of three decades, only to be recaptured in his final years. Cotman died unfulfilled, but was not forgotten. His greatest fame came in the 20th century and the lecture concludes with a brief look at the inspiration he lent to artists as diverse as Paul Nash, Subscribe Past Issues Translate Eric Ravilious and John Piper.

The Day Visit  on Thursday 6th June is to Dorney Court-Grade 1 listed Tudor House near Windsor. Please contact Rose Tainsh on rosetainsh@yahoo.co.uk or 01590 672866 for further information. Could I, please, urge you to pay as soon as you can. Rose needs to know numbers to organise the guides etc.

The Residential Visit is to Norfolk from 22nd to 26th September. Please contact Janet Handley for further information on janethandley01@gmail.com or landline 01590 683310 We have had just lovely comments on the trips so far. One of our newer members e mailed to comment on how much she enjoyed the Winchester trip and how well it was organised. Thank you. We welcome any feedback for future trips.

Subscription.  Its that time again! We have received the majority of the members subs, but there are still a few outstanding. If you have any problems please contact our Membership Secretary, Liz Rose on membershipnf@outlook.com or landline 01590 679192.

All the best From the Committee                                                                                            Naila Webb Chairman