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Newsletter - March 2010


Underground above expectation

Our March meeting, a talk by Geoffrey Toms on the art and design of the London Underground,  provided a surprising wealth of artistic references, from the history and architecture of many stations to the famous UNDERGROUND lettering, the development of the iconic route map and a variety of ingenious and colourful advertisements promoting the system itself. Perhaps one of the most clever, linking art and the Tube, was a poster put out by the Tate Gallery, oils squeezed into a representation of the route map. There’s a good chance many of us will now look upwards for a while on our next Tube journey, rather than a total head-down rush. The length of applause following the talk was a measure of members’ appreciation

for effectively laundering excess cash – and a nice neologism, ‘artknapping’, translating as ‘pay the ransom or the Van Gogh gets vandalised, his ear’s in the post.’

Renewals – Please!

A reminder that we will be grateful for early return of any outstanding renewal forms with sub for our new year starting May1st. It’s a lot of work preparing membership cards for issuing at our next meeting on 20th April, hence our request for forms to be returned by 30th March. To the vast majority who have already returned the Renewal form, our thanks, and a gentle reminder to those who have yet to do so.

Records Fall!

Year 2009/2010 began with 309 members and ended with 326, a record number for us in recent years. Already for 2010/2011 we have 12 new applications for membership. Each year we lose a few names because of moving, difficulty in travelling as years take their toll, etc. so a plea to precious remaining non-renewers: may we hear from you, please.

And - attendances at meetings have grown noticeably compared with the previous two years’ figures we have. The final tally will appear after the last in our year, April; so, if only for feeding the statistics, please do your best to make it a good attendance on April 20th. However, no sacrifice should be needed: our speaker for April, Chloe Sayer, on The Arts & Crafts of Mexico, has been rated by other societies in East Anglia as Outstanding.

And higher again – after the March meeting, we served over 70 teas and coffees, another top total.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice – EACH

Under the NADFAS heading of Young Arts, we recently donated £1,500 to the charity EACH that cares for terminally ill children, the sum to be divided between arts materials and music therapy. Jessica Hiscocks, their fundraiser, addressed us for a few minutes before the March lecture, explaining the work of this most deserving cause, and the benefits that our gift would bring.

Fully Booked

It’s gratifying that our next two events in April, the visit to the new wing of the V&A, and the Extra-Special Interest Day at Bergh Apton, are fully booked. Our thanks to all who are joining in. Places for the Bergh Apton ‘Norwich School of Painters’ day are precious. If any cheques are due, please will you forward them immediately to Pat Stuart, address on the booking form and in your membership card.

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From a local issue: Ladies, don’t forget the jumble sale. It’s a chance to clear out those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.


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