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Notice of AGM

The Annual General Meeting of


Will be held at Heswall Hall on Monday 18th March 2024 at 2pm. Anyone wishing to propose a resolution or a member for Committee must do so by advising the Hon Secretary in writing together with the name and address of a seconder and the agreement of the person being nominated at least 28 days beforehand.

By Order of the Committee:- Paul Dufton, Hon Secretary.

Click to view Annual report

Click to view AGM Agenda and Election of Officers and Committee Members

1st March 2024


Hello Everyone,


Our 19th February Lecture, Music in Art, by Sophie Matthews introduced us to strange and wonderful musical instruments, some of which were known by name, but perhaps never previously seen or heard. The instruments which had been constructed using early paintings in which they figure were especially interesting, and there was much positive feedback from members after the lecture. I would never have expected to meet a shawm in Heswall.


The Committee has been busy, preparing and submitting the annual reports in time for the AGM to be held on 18th March immediately before our next lecture. This year the report is available on the website (please see above) as although we had previously posted it on Mail Chimp we know that a number of members have unsubscribed and would therefore be unable to access the report. Printed copies for those members who do not have internet access are of course also available.  You will have seen also that the membership cards, with the full annual programme and contact details have been included with the subscription requests.


This is certainly one of the busiest times of the year for our Membership Secretary, Libby, who manages the membership lists and ensures we have everything ready for members in good time. It’s a huge job, and I can only imagine the time she devotes to it. Our grateful thanks to her for all her efforts.


On a similar note, Helen, our web manager has been very busy also, getting the Annual Report on the website for us. The Hon. Secretary, Paul Dufton is the one who ensures that the reports are in, who collates them, and has them printed. Also of course he has the Programme Cards, with their myriad details, to edit and have printed. Thanks to everyone for their efforts.


On Monday next, 4th March, several of us will be attending the North West Area meeting at Brockholes Nature Reserve, which is just off the M6 at Junction 31. Nineteen different Arts Societies make up the North West Area, and the twice yearly meetings are enormously helpful, as they enable us to learn how other societies are meeting the current challenges we all share, and discussing changes The Arts Society as a whole faces. I will look forward to reporting back from the meeting.  


Meanwhile, our next lecture will be on 18th March, when Lois Oliver speaks on.


Berthe Morisot: Une Finesse Fragonardienne.


I considered writing this letter on Saturday 24th February, the second anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine. None of us, I am sure, could have imagined that those words could be written two years on.

It is a tragedy for all, not only those suffering directly in that and other wars, but for all those who never thought we would see such tragic and dangerous days.


My sincere good wishes

Yvonne Woodhead

The Arts Society Wirral members meet monthly to hear, from a varied programme of inspiring lectures given by top experts in their fields. Regular tours, outings and visits throughout the year complement the lectures.

In addition, the Volunteer programme, open to all members of our society, includes Church Recording, involvement with local young people by way of the Young Arts Group, Archiving for a number of organisations together with the development of Church Trails for children

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