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Arts Society Salisbury Newsletter 5
Monday 01 April 2019


April 2019                                                                                                            No 5

New Members

Welcome to new members Pamela Bayly, Helen Corlett, Judith Lewy and Pauline Oliver.

Notice of The Arts Society Salisbury Annual General Meeting

This will be held on Tuesday 9th April at 1.45 pm before our lecture. Please may I have any nominations for the committee by 2nd April at the latest.

David Richards


Tel: 01722 716447  email:

Chairman’s Report

Programme News: Ann Cole, our excellent Programme Secretary, is to retire at the AGM through ill health, so we are looking with some urgency to recruit a replacement for her. It’s a role that Ann has really enjoyed and involves working with other committee members to plan the yearly programme of lectures for the Society. The Programme Secretary negotiates, books and discusses arrangements with lecturers, handles all aspects of the booking process and is the first point of contact within the Society for lecturers. Please speak to me if you would like to know more.


We have a change of speaker for our April lecture. Unfortunately, our scheduled speaker Peter Warwick has been taken ill, but we are grateful that an alternative speaker, Anne Anderson, is able to stand in. The subject of her talk is: California Dreaming: A tour of the Getty Museum, the Huntington and Norton Simon Galleries


Anne writes the following: “It probably comes as a surprise to tourists to find so much culture in the Los Angles area, with three world-class museums and one of the finest groups of Arts and Crafts Houses in the world. Not only do these institutions house remarkable collections, including Gainsborough’s Blue Boy and Lawrence’s Pinkie at the Huntington and works by Degas, Renoir, Van Gogh, Moore and Hepworth at the Norton Simon, but also the museums themselves are works of art.”


Visits News: David Richards’ first visit of the year in April, exploring Salisbury’s Hidden History, is already virtually sold out. His next to Portsmouth Cathedral & Old Town on Mon 13th May is sure to be popular. Details are at the end of this newsletter, and you are able to buy tickets at our April lecture.


Study Day: Maureen Pardy has organised a fabulous study day taking place on Thu 29th August at the Quaker Meeting House in Wilton Road. The topic is The Kingdom in the Sun: Classical & Medieval Sicily, and further details are at the end of this newsletter.


Gordon Pardy

Membership Secretary’s Report

Thanks to members for renewing your subscriptions so promptly. That helps a lot!

Ross Bourne


Over the year the ever popular raffle generates funds to pay for one speaker. We always welcome gifts from members to enhance the raffle and possibly reduce the monthly expenditure when buying prizes.

Fran Parkinson

Easter Gift Idea

Are you stuck for an Easter gift idea? We have the perfect solution – stylish gift vouchers. These give guest entry to one lecture and introduce the recipient to the wonderful world of The Arts Society Salisbury. Vouchers are on sale at our monthly lectures at £5 each.


David Richards



And finally…

Your hard working committee (mainly David Richards) has designed and produced an attractive pamphlet which serves as your membership pack. It contains details of our lecture and visits programmes as well as general information. It will also be used as an advertising vehicle to attract new members. Available at our lectures, you may like to take a bundle to place in your dentist’s surgery, tennis club and library. Here is a sneak preview of the cover…


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Portsmouth Cathedral & Old Town

13th May 2019

Portsmouth Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Sea, has for centuries watched, listened and helped the people of Portsmouth navigate the passage of time. It has witnessed wars and peace, famous marriages, been bombed and rebuilt and remains a building of greatness and simple enduring beauty.

Our visit to Portsmouth will start in the morning at the The Land Gate where we shall meet our guide who will take us through Old Portsmouth close to the route that Nelson took the day he left England for the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

There will be a break for lunch at extra cost so some may wish to bring a picnic.

In the afternoon a Portsmouth Cathedral guide will show us around the Cathedral.

The tour will start at Wilton Park & Ride where you can leave your car all day. Our coach will give an opportunity for Arts Society members to chat on the way to Portsmouth. Ticket cost of £30 will include transport and two guided tours.

David Richards



The Kingdom in the Sun: Classical & Medieval Sicily


Sicily has been both a gateway and a crossroads attracting a long line of invaders from Greeks, Romans and Arabs to the Normans, Spanish and Italians. This has left a legacy of great cultural richness and variety.

SESSION 1: Greek and Phoenician Sicily from the 8th century BC to the            4th century BC

SESSION 2: Roman and Arab Sicily with a focus on the Villa Casale in         Piazza Armerina

SESSION 3: Norman and Byzantine Sicily including the 6,000 sq. metres of mosaics in the cathedral of Monreale

Mrs Jane Angelini is a freelance lecturer for The Arts Society and other arts organisations. She runs her own art tours company, specialising in cultural visits. She speaks several foreign languages and has translated a number of works of 19th century Russian literature for Penguin Books and Oxford University Press. She has a BA in Russian Studies and an MA in Byzantine Studies.

Thursday 29th August 2019, 10.00 – 15.00, Quaker Meeting House, Wilton Road

£30 to include coffee and a light lunch, cheques payable to The Arts Society Salisbury

Contact: Maureen Pardy 01722 504295 or