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Lectures In Brief
Six lectures will be given in 2021 on the third Friday of each month from January to June, pandemic permitting. (map)

Events In Brief

The Society hopes to meet monthly in 2021 for interesting and often amusing talks on a wide variety of arts subjects. The talks are given by lecturers with the finest credentials in their specialist fields.  More...

Frances Lonsdale, Chairman

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Unfortunately, because of seating restrictions in the lecture hall, we are unable to admit guests this year.

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Friday 15th January
AGM 2.00pm Followed by: A Brief History of Wine.

Wine has been part of our global society for over 7,000 years and this lecture tells of its origins and appearance in all societies across the Mediterranean and through Europe. Drawings, paintings, engravings, buildings, pottery and wine labels contribute to the story. David Wright
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Since I last wrote to you new Coronavirus restrictions have come into force which make it impossible for us to return to the Village Hall early in the New Year. The hall is closed until at least mid-January and, even if the regulations change back to the previous limit of 30 people, that would not be enough to make it viable.

Our Committee considered alternatives and concluded that the best way forward is to offer the first lectures on Zoom, with the intention of getting back into the Village Hall as soon as it is possible. This was a difficult decision, but the alternative was to cancel the whole season and shut the Society down completely until next October. We really did not want to do that, and other Societies have successfully gone down the Zoom route so it seemed worth a try.

I know that many of you will have little or no experience of Zoom, but some of you may have already got to grips with it during the lockdown as a way of keeping in touch with your family and friends. We will be giving you guidance nearer the time, and we intend to organise a Zoom Coffee Morning for new users. I would point out that you do not need to open a Zoom account to watch a Zoom lecture - you are sent a link on which to click.

There are advantages to Zoom: not having to go out on a cold, wet afternoon is one, and you can stay in your comfy chair with a cup of tea (or a glass of wine!). But I know that one reason some of you like coming to lectures is to see your friends, and you could still do that by getting together in somebody's house and watching the lecture together - restrictions permitting, of course! It doesn't cost the Society any less with Zoom, as lecturers charge the same as they would if they were giving their lecture in the hall. With your Membership you will, of course, also continue to receive the Arts Society magazine four times a year.

This year has been a difficult time for the Society, and I am asking you to continue to support us as, otherwise, we may not survive.

Frances Lonsdale, Chairman

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