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June newsletter
Saturday 01 June 2019

Hello Everyone

Before telling you about our June lecture, I need to let you know that we have been advised that we should hold an emergency contact name and telephone number for each of our members in case of illness or accident. So if you could each please reply to this email providing these details, we will then upload this information on to The Arts Society website. In the case of joint membership, only one of you needs to reply should you wish to use the same contact name and telephone number for both of you. The contact information for members held on the Arts Society website is confidential, and is only accessed when needed.

It would be particularly useful to have this contact information for those of you coming on our outing to Stratfield Saye on 5th June, and in respect of this visit, please don’t forget your National Trust cards for your free entry to the West Green House Gardens in the afternoon. The coach will be leaving King George V car park in Effingham by 9:15am

The other piece of news is that we had to purchase a new laptop for the Society, as our old laptop sadly expired at the April lecture. I'm pleased to say that, with a bit of researching, I  managed to get a good bank holiday weekend deal for the one we decided to go for, saving some £90.  We are really grateful to Chris Tailby for setting up the new laptop, and, in relation to this, we would like two or three members if possible to help out occasionally with the setting up of the projector and sound system. Chris Tailby would show you how to do this, and, in recognition of this help, your annual subscription fee would be reduced by £12 to just £30. We would only expect to need to call on your help once, possibly twice at most, a year. So if you would be interested in helping us out in this way, please chat to Chris or any member of the committee. 

But now on to our next month’s lecture about the Elgin Marbles. Our lecturer, Stephen Kershaw, will explore the aesthetics, the back-story and the heated debates surrounding these fascinating and controversial works of ancient Greek art since they were purchased by the British Parliament from Lord Elgin, some 200 years ago. He will illustrate his talk with specifically taken slides and video, explaining how and why they were originally created, why they are so highly regarded, what happened to them between their creation and Elgin’s time, how he acquired them, why they are now in the British Museum, and why there are such passionately held views both for and against their repatriation to Greece.

Stephen is a Classics Tutor for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, and Professor of History of Art for the European Studies Program of Rhodes College and The University of the South. He has spent much of the last 30 years travelling extensively in the world of the Greeks and Romans, both physically and intellectually. He has published A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths and A Brief Guide to Classical Civilisation, and is currently working on A Brief Guide to the Roman Empire.

But before the lecture, you will be able to pick up your renewal letters. Of course for those of you unable to attend the lecture, these letters will be posted or hand delivered to you. And if any members attending are able to pick up the renewal letters for friends or neighbours not present that would be most helpful. 

Finally, as mentioned at the May lecture, all the tickets for the Rutter concert have been sold, but if you’d like your name added to the waiting list, please just reply to this email, or let me know at the June lecture. 

I look forward to seeing you then 

Best wishes