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Newsletter - January 2010

‘School of Athens’ by Raphael
‘School of Athens’ by Raphael


Raphael – Painter of Perfection

We were treated to an absorbing and highly informative talk for our January lecture by Dr Paula Nuttall. With exquisite slides of works by Raphael and his contemporaries, she more than filled the hour slot, so that a gentle reminder was necessary that her train would leave without her if she delivered all that she had to tell us.

Pat Stuart, our experienced and nippy chauffeur from the John Innes Centre to Norwich Thorpe station reports that the London train was caught, in spite of the deterrent of a police car trailing her from the A11 to the Grapes Hill roundabout. A speeding fine would make an interesting expenses claim for our auditors to approve.

One Short!

Whether the subject of the January lecture attracted extra numbers, or members were simply glad of the chance to leave their recently snowbound homes for something worth the outing, but our attendance of 199 (just one short of a double century) was the highest for at least 3 years – and probably more if we dig out old records.

It’s pleasing to know that the lecture was so much enjoyed.

Victoria and Albert Museum trip – 22nd April

Those who appreciated Dr Paula Nuttall’s knowledge and enthusiasm for ‘Raphael’ will be pleased to hear that we have managed ­to get her to guide us on our next visit to London, at the new Medieval and Renaissance Galleries of the V&A. Members can spend the day at the museum and have the opportunity of visiting any of the collections in addition to the newly opened rooms. Booking forms and further information will be available at the February meeting.

Coffee Mates

With so many members – and guests – at the meeting, it meant we had more than usual staying for coffee after the lecture, around 65 in total. It’s good that the after-lecture gatherings are popular but, of course, the numbers make demands on how quickly we can serve up the tea, coffee and biscuits. Our member Leike Pesman has volunteered to help Sylvia Wines on a regular basis, but it would be greatly appreciated by the patient queue if at least one more helper would come forward. If you can, please have word with Sylvia at the meeting, or mention it to any Committee member. Thank you.

Coming Up

On April 14th there will be an extra Special Interest Day, not shown in your programme, when Dr Peter Kennedy Scott, a NADFAS expert on the Norwich School of Painting will be providing a lecture (not at the John Innes Centre) on Norwich School watercolours. This will be followed by a private viewing of examples of such works. Full information will be available at our next meeting on February 16th.

Our New Year

Also available at our February meeting will be renewal notices for the 2010/2011 year, commencing May 1st. They will include full details of the exciting set of lectures selected by our new Programme Committee, Liz Pierce and Naomi Milne.

And here also is an early hint that we appear to have answered many members’ requests for a visit to a certain city of London venue, following a lecture we had last year. There’s no intention of being deliberately mysterious but final details are still being settled.


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