1st June 2022


Hello Everyone,


As you know, we received the sad news of the death on 16th May of our long serving President, Dorothy Brining, who retired in December of last year. Our deep sympathies go to her daughters and their families at this time. 


Details of the funeral arrangements for 10th June have been sent to all our members, and I am sure the Arts Society Wirral will be well represented in paying our respects. 


She was so involved, in many roles, with Wirral DFAS, later The Arts Society and nationally of course, most particularly through Church Recording. A number of members have been in contact, all mentioning her kindness and generosity with her time and expertise.


As a reminder, the funeral will take place at Blacon Crematorium on Friday 10th June at 12:40pm and afterwards at Heswall Hall,


To other matters, on the 16th May Simon Seligman spoke on the subject of

From Venice to Sheffield: John Ruskin’s Passion for Art, Craft and Social Justice


and I believe it was a fascinating talk, much enjoyed by those I have heard from. My apologies that I had to miss this interesting lecture, but I had Covid, and did not wish to pass it on to our members.


Our next lecture, before we break for the summer is on Monday 20th June, when Karin Fernald will be talking to us about  English Women and the French Revolution


The Arts Society AGM was held this year on Zoom once again on 18th May. They have arranged a live AGM next year in Bristol on 24th May. Much of the discussion was on whether, after that, the AGM should remain an online event. There is also mention of Directory Day, and whether that remains live, or in a hybrid form. It seems that the Society will be canvassing opinions soon on these matters.


I should of course mention our outing to the Athenaeum on Monday 27th June, and the trip to Norfolk, Monday 26th to Thursday 29th September. All the details for both of these visits are on the website, as well as information being available at our next meeting.


As I write, the war in Ukraine continues. I am sure we all share the feelings of horror and disbelief that such things can take place when we watch the daily news. I am at a complete loss for words.


Here at home we have the happy prospect of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and I hope you have a splendid, happy Bank Holiday, and that the weather will be kind so that we may enjoy the many festivities throughout Wirral, and beyond.


With all best 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