August Newsletter

13th August 2019


I hope you are enjoying a relaxing summer and also looking forward to the new programme of events that we have planned for the 2019/20 season.  Leaflets detailing and advertising this will shortly be available in the various small towns and villages which make up our area.  The full lecture programme is also to be found on our website which has recently been renamed:

We will continue to use Oscars in the Assembly Rooms for our lectures this autumn until the refurbished auditorium is available.  Fortunately, the screen has now been set higher in Oscars which makes it much easier for those sitting near the back to see clearly.  When there is more detailed information available concerning progress at the Assembly Rooms, we will let you know via the website.

May I take this opportunity to remind all last year's members to renew their membership before the first lecture on 18th September.  You will shortly receive a reminder with application form from our Membership Secretary.  Also, can you please do your best to introduce your friends to our society. If they come along to sample the quality of the lectures in September or October and then decide to join, the £8 guest fee will be deducted from the annual membership fee of £45.  It really is very important for us to expand our membership this year.

Can I remind you that we still want ideas for the West Mercia 50 Treasures Handbook which will be compiled this Autumn. I originally gave details of what we are looking for in the Easter Newsletter      (which you can view on the website) and at the Spring lectures.

We are looking for lesser known items of artistic merit and/or historical relevance which would interest visitors to our area as well as those who live in and around Ludlow. Anything from the beautiful to the quirky can be submitted.  Please email me directly if you have any ideas:

I am looking forward to functioning more easily this year now that we have succeeded in expanding the Committee, acquiring a Secretary and two further members.  We should cope better if one of our number is laid low as happened when our Visits organiser had her accident and, regrettably, we had to cancel the trip to Upton Cressett.  Our programme up to Christmas offers an interesting variety of topics, as usual, moving from 'Art and Love' in the context of Victoria and Albert (September), to 'Diocletian's Palace' (October) and the 'The Creation of a Country House Museum, Aston Hall, Birmingham' (November).  Details of these are already on the website where you will also find more information on our autumn Study Day (11th October) --- 'Beauty and the Bizarre : the Art of Hellenistic Greece'.

With best wishes to you all,


Yours sincerely

Lesley Shew

Chair  The Arts Society  Teme Valley