Sunset at St Ives Bridge

Cancellation and postponements due to the Corona virus

Dear Members,
Following advice form the government on the Coronavirus and directives from The Arts Society, the committee has decided to cancel the lectures in April and May. We are fortunate to have been able to re-book Caroline Shenton (Packing up the Nation: Storing Art before a Nazi Invasion ) and Rosalind Whyte ( Antony Gormley: A Body of Work) for the two remaining slots we had for the 2020-21 season, so we shall hear their lectures at similar times next year.

The AGM will be re-scheduled for our first meeting in September.

The visit to Wightwick Manor will be postponed as will the second trip to Willingham Auction House. However, we hope that the North Devon holiday will go ahead in September and that we will be able to run the trip to Waddesdon in November.

These cancellations are dispiriting indeed. I for one will certainly miss the stimulus of the lectures and the pleasurable social contact they afford. However we must comply with guidelines in these worrying times and ensure safety where we can.

The committee joins me in sending sincere wishes for your health and well-being.

Claire Sarkies


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