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1st July 2022

 

Hello Everyone,

 

This is by way of a “signing off” for the Summer, until we meet again in September. I do hope you all have a most enjoyable time, and that we meet in Heswall Hall on 19th September for our lecture looking forward to the next season. A quick confession, I shall be away until 29th July, by which time I fully expect to be too jet lagged to write a monthly letter. It was such a good way of keeping us in touch whilst we could not meet, and it seems almost impossible that we have had live lectures now since last September. It seems to have flown by.

 

On 10th June the Society was well represented at the funeral of our previous, and long-standing President Dorothy Brining. I think that the family were very pleased to know of the respect and esteem in which she was held.

 

The final lecture of the season was given on Monday 20th June by Karin Fernald, who spoke so entertainingly on the subject of

 

English Women and the French Revolution

 

I am quite sure that many of us were intrigued at the thought of an unfortunate Royalist being concealed between mattresses for four hours by Grace Dalrymple. It’s a wonder he survived that, let alone the Revolutionaries.

 

Still to come is the trip to Norfolk on Monday 26th to Thursday 29th September. As always, all details are on the website, and I believe there are a very few places still available.

 

I should of course mention our outing to the Athenaeum on Monday 27th June where our members had a very detailed tour of this Liverpool institution, and saw some of its treasures and delights. I understand that the tea was indeed sumptuous, and generous in its proportions. Feedback to our Outings Secretary has already been very positive.

 

I mentioned at our last meeting that the New Members’ Lunch is to be reinstated, and will be held at our President, Fenella’s house on September 15th. We have so missed the chance to welcome our new members in this way over recent years, due to the pandemic, and it will be lovely, thanks to Fenella’s kind hospitality, to be able to rectify that.

 

As has been the case in every letter since March, 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, once again, at a complete loss for words.

 

But, to look forward to 19th September, Tony Faber, a frequent visitor to Wirral Arts Society, will speak to us on

 

Indians, Buffalo and Storms: The American West in 19th Century Art

 

May I wish you all a very happy summer, with no delays or hitches in your travelling plans.

 

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