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Newsletter - October 2008


AGM October 2008

Our Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 21st October, prior to the lecture. The Chairman, David Wines, stated that current membership was around 300 and it was hoped to increase this by 20 or so during the year. He encouraged members to introduce new members whenever possible. It is not policy to produce a high annual trading surplus but in the light of increased hire costs for the John Innes Centre, we must look to stabilize the balance between income and expenditure. He felt that a good selection of monthly lectures had been provided during the year, with interesting visits, including those to Dublin and Liverpool, the 2008 Capital of Culture. He thanked all committee members for their work during the year.

The Treasurer, Richard Bennett, presented the accounts, showing a surplus over the year’s activities of £43.

Two new members were voted on to the committee, Liz Pierce and Carole Williams.


Our new website at was demonstrated at the October meeting. A show of hands indicated that well over half of those present had computer access. It is hoped that members will regularly visit the site for information and updates. It will be of great assistance if members log on to the site and provide their email addresses, as over time it is hoped that various items may be communicated by email, thus saving printing, stationery and postage costs. The site contains a privacy policy statement that undertakes not to release email addresses to any outside body.

Christmas Celebration

Our annual Christmas Party takes place on Tuesday 9th December at the John Innes Centre, as usual, commencing at 6.15 pm, followed by a talk of special seasonal interest, ‘Frost Fairs on the Frozen Thames’. Our lecturer is Nicholas Reed M.A., author of several arts related books. He is a senior representative on the NADFAS Lecturers Advisory Council and will be a particularly entertaining speaker. The evening commences with a selection of festive eats and mulled wine. Be sure to arrive in good time! Places are £12 per head, to include food and drink. Every year our Christmas meeting is very well attended. If your place is not already booked, please send your cheque at £12 per head to our Treasurer, Richard Bennett at 1, The Glade, Old Costessey, Norwich NR8 5EB.

Rome Visit – Nov 4th – 8th
An enjoyable and fascinating visit awaits our party making the Rome trip. It is hoped that an article with photographs will be published on our website on their return.

Coffee & Chat After Meetings

As mentioned during a recent meeting, some members have commented that there is little opportunity to socialise around our gatherings. It is hoped that for half an hour or so after the next meeting on November 18th we will be able to serve complimentary coffee and biscuits to allow members to discuss the talk just completed with the opportunity to meet the speaker. As this innovation is a response to requests, we hope it will become established. If the opportunity to meet attracts little or no response, however, it will be reviewed. A reminder will be given during the November meeting. 

Next Meeting, November 18th

The talk at this meeting will be given by Vivien Hefferman, her subject being the Scottish Colourists. For those perhaps not familiar with the topic, the Scottish Colourists were a group that came to prominence at the beginning of the 20th century, their influence being the French Impressionists and Fauvists. Their work is distinctive and colourful, well deserving the renaissance in popularity from around the 1980s. Vivien Hefferman is consistently voted by other NADFAS societies as being a first class speaker. The evening promises to be well worth attending.

Dates for 2009

For those who like to plan their diaries well ahead, in addition to dates already published for January to April 2009, the following have been fixed for the remainder of the year. Details of lecturers and their topics will appear online and in the new programme issued in April next year.
Additional Dates 2009: 19th May; 16th June; 15th September; 20th October; 17th November; 15th December.

And finally …

We mean to issue regular Online Newsletters to keep members up to date in a way we can’t manage with printed matter, and hope you have found this edition worth a few minutes of your time. Thank you for ‘signing on.’

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