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October Newsletter
Monday 09 October 2017


October 2017 Newsletter


From the Chairman

Dear Members
I trust this newsletter finds everyone enjoying the autumn colours, even if the season appears to have arrived quite quickly!
The October meeting is, of course, our AGM so the Hall opens earlier at 9.45, with the AGM starting at 10.15 followed by the lecture at 10.45am.  All the information has been sent out previously so you should have everything you need. 
Karen has been working very hard on outings and we are looking forward to going to the Matisse exhibition on Friday.  There are still a few places so if you have friends or family who would like to join us, they will be very welcome.  Please see below for further information.
Please also bring cheque books so you can book for the next outing on 9th February to see Charles I, King and Collector.  Further details below.
I am very pleased to say the Church Trail is now finished and arrangements are being made to present it to Witley Church.  We thank Angela Paterson and Virginia Morgan for their splendid work on this project.  We hope to do another church shortly and will keep you informed.
Don’t forget to book up for the post lecture Christmas social – just £2.00 for a warming drink and mince pies!
There are still places available for the trip to Vienna, please do join us – let Liz Coult know if you are coming as soon as possible please.
I am sure we will enjoy the lecture this month – I think we all wish we could find a priceless piece of Chinese porcelain in our attics.
I look forward to seeing many of you next week.  For those on holiday, do have a good time!
With kind regards

Rosey Skeffington

Lecture - 12th October

Chinamania - the impact of Chinese porcelain on European taste - Jane Gardiner

Jane has an MA History of Art from the University of London. She trained at the V&A and continues to lecture there. She was Senior Lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art for 17 years, becoming a Deputy Director of Sotheby's, UK. She has also lectured for the National Trust, the Art Fund, London University, Buckingham University, l'Institut d'Etudes Superieures des Arts in Paris, a private women's college in Saudi Arabia, on cruise ships and at antiques fairs and interior design conferences in America.

When the very first Chinese porcelains found their way to Europe, the beauty and fragility of the material led to their being mounted with precious metal and treasured alongside other rare and exotic objects such as ostrich eggs and rock crystal vessels. They were housed in cabinets of curiosities and exchanged as diplomatic gifts between great European rulers. This early and exclusive ownership of Chinese porcelain spread enormously in the 17th century with the opening up of trading routes between Europe and the Far East and led to a widespread fashion for housing and displaying collections of Chinese ‘blue-and-white’; and spawned a whole range of European imitations.

This lecture will examine the enormous and long-lasting influence that these Chinese porcelains had on European taste and culture and the whole history of interior design.


As we will be known as The Arts Society Shalford from the AGM on 12th October 2017, providing it is passed by you, the cheques I had in safe keeping for the Matisse and Blenheim visits have now been banked.

Cheques written at the end of the meeting and after that date should be made out to The Arts Society Shalford and will be banked after the relevant visit as usual.

Thank you for you co-operation as ever.



Friday, 13th October - Matisse in the Studio at the RA, Piccadilly
Thursday, 30th November - Christmas at Blenheim Palace

There are two places left for Matisse and Blenheim is full - but there is a waiting list so do add your name to it. We inevitably have someone who has to drop out so there is a good chance that you may be able to come on the trip.
Contact Karen on 01483 424743

Friday, 9th February 2018 - Royal Academy, Piccadilly

Join us for this major, inspirational exhibition!
The Royal Academy is launching it's 250th Anniversary celebrations in 2018 with a landmark exhibition:  Charles I - King and Collector.
During his reign, Charles I set about assembling an art collection to rival all others, but the exceptional masterpieces he amassed were sold off and scattered across Europe following his execution in 1649.  In 2018 this legendary collection can be seen, reunited, for the first time.
Charles I acquired works by some of the finest artists of the past such as Titian, Mantegna, Holbein and Durer, and commissioned leading contemporary artists such as Van Dyck and Rubens.  The Royal Academy has brought together these works from museums such as the Musee du Louvre and the Museo Nacional del Prado, in addition to those retrieved by Charles II during the Restoration and now in The Royal Collection.
Over 100 works of art demonstrate the breadth and grandeur of the collection.  From classical sculpture to Baroque paintings, exquisite miniatures to huge Mortlake tapestries, these works had a tangible impact and promoted a vibrant visual culture in England.
The Details
Start at 8.30am from Secretts Farm Shop Car Park - by coach to the RA

Arrive Approx 10.15 am - time for coffee (not included)

Lecture at 11 am for 1 hour - room and lecturer to be advised

Exhibition entry - 15 people at 12.30 pm, 15 people at 1 pm

Coach home at 3.30 pm arriving back at Milford at approx. 5.30 pm
The cost is £45 per person to include:

  • Travel by coach from Secretts Farm Shop Car Park to the RA.
  • RA lecture of approx 1 hour
  • Timed entry to the exhibition
  • Return coach journey to Milford

For friends of the RA the cost is £29. If you wish to take a friend in free of charge please tell me who that person is and have them confirm it with me please so that we do not have any confusion.

From the Membership Secretary

Membership Renewal for 2018

Many thanks to those members who have sent their completed membership application for 2018 and to those members who have informed us they have downloaded the application form themselves.

On Thursday, in the entrance to the hall there will be a second chance to pick up application forms for those members who were not able to collect last month.  

There will also be a box for completed membership applications.

Thank you.

Church Recording

Everyone is to be thanked for working so hard to keep this project going.  We have visited the church several times for different reasons.  We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Ian Coult who has produced some very splendid  photographs, and also to Helen Manning who is starting the job of typing up the results.  Barbara Naylor the Area Representative, has been most encouraging and helpful.
I personally have learnt a lot about this small and very vulnerable church.  It has only 7 regular worshippers and huge cracks in the walls so I fear it wont be with us for much longer.  Our record will be a very valuable document.  Do come and join us if you would like to help.

Christmas Celebration

This will take place after the lecture on 14th December in the Refreshment Room. Tickets will be £2.00 for mulled wine and mince pies.

Trip to Vienna - 30th August 2018

The Art, History and Palaces of Vienna and The Danube Valley

Full details of the tour and booking form can be downloaded by clicking on the photo below. Contact Liz Coult with any queries on 01483 417269, email


Schönbrunn Palace

Study Day - Guildford Wey Valley DFAS

Thursday 23rd November - Three lectures by Linda Smith on the subject of Great Tarts in Art: High Culture & the Oldest Profession.

For further details, click here

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