Saturday 19th January 2pm Talk by Dr Jim Cheshire ‘The Man and the Image: Tennyson and Portraiture’Jim Cheshire has worked on and written about the portraiture links between J.M.Cameron, G.F.Watts and Tennyson. During our Isle of Wight holiday we will be visiting the Cameron Dimbola Museum in Freshwater and we will also visit the Watts Gallery near Guildford en route. Jim will be referring to the Watts portraits at The Collection as well as the Watts sculpture near the Cathedral.Left: “Alfred Lord Tennyson” by James MuddRight: Watts sculpture near the CathedralSaturday 23rd February 2pm Talk by Nic Lance: ‘Tennyson on the Isle of Wight’Nic will be talking about the artistic and literary circle on the Isle of Wight and some famous Victorian visitors. He will also mention the pioneering photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron, who photographed many of the visitors.Right: Albumen silver print from glass negative Julia Cameron July 1866Wednesday 20th March A Visit to the Spalding Gentleman’s ClubLincolnshire’s remarkable Spalding Gentleman’s Society had many illustrious members and started holding philosophical meetings in 1712. A visit has been arranged for us to examine and admire the “Cabinet of Curiosities” which is the Spalding Gentleman’s Club.Click here for their web site.Wednesday 10th April Annual General Meeting followed by a talkFollowing the AGM Cooke will be giving an illustrated talk.Saturday 13th April 2pm Talk by Sarah Watson ‘From Abstract to Landscape’In this talk Sarah will be demonstrating in charcoal and will be talking about gesture and tone in capturing mood. She will also be lecturing about her pure abstraction work and will describe how she eventually arrived at the semi-abstract landscapes she does now.Booking information and form available in MarchSarah Watson: View Across the Cornfields.16th - 20th May Holiday on the Isle of WightThis event is fully bookedWednesday 12th June Friends visit to HalifaxFurther details laterWednesday 17th July Friends visit to WisbechFurther details laterWednesday 14th August Trip to Tolethorpe Hall for Noel Coward’s - Blithe SpiritNoel Coward’s wonderful, supernatural comedy, set in the late 1930s, portrays the trials and tribulations of novelist Charles Condomine, who foolishly holds a séance to research his latest book. When the eccentric medium Madame Arcati accidently summons the spirit of his first wife, Elvira, his life descends into chaos.How will Charles cope caught between two wives, one dead, the other very much alive?Click here for Tolethorpe Hall web site.20th – 23rd September A long weekend in SuffolkWe plan to stay 3 nights half-board at the four star Mill Hotel in Sudbury, visiting Audley End on the downward journey. Tours are planned of Sutton Hoo, Framlingham, Bury St Edmonds, with, possibly Ickworth House if time allows and a stop at Ely with a tour of the cathedral on the return journey.Click here for the Audley End web siteBooking form and further details later.Saturday 12th October Talk by Nigel Smith:‘Colleyweston Slaters’Collyweston stone slate is a fissile limestone from the Jurassic period (140-190 million years ago) and is not a true slate. It is named after the village of Collyweston, in Northampton, which lies in the centre of the area in which the slate is quarried and has been used as a roofing material since Roman times. From the late 19th century Collyweston stone slating fell into decline - by the 1970's the craft was dying out. Fortunately, the durability of the slate and its attractive appearance, coupled with the protection of buildings with Collyweston roofs, has meant that building owners continue to demand the material and the craft has therefore survived.Left: Nigel SmithBackground to Colleyweston SlatersDate TBA November Annual LunchSaturday 23rd November Talk by Adrian Gray: ‘The Pilgrim Fathers’The Pilgrims or Pilgrim Fathers were the first English settlers of the Plymouth Colony in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Their leadership came from the religious congregations of Brownist Puritans who had fled the volatile political environment in England for the relative calm and tolerance of 17th-century Holland in the Netherlands. They held Puritan Calvinist religious beliefs but, unlike other Puritans, they maintained that their congregations needed to be separated from the English state church. They were also concerned that they might lose their cultural identity if they remained in the Netherlands, so they arranged with investors to establish a new colony in America.Samuel de Champlain's 1605 map of Plymouth Harbor showing the Wampanoag village of Patuxet, with some modern place names added for reference. The star is the approximate location of the Plymouth Colony.Background on the Pilgrim Fathers.Additional events may be arranged during the year, as the opportunity arises. 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