MAY 2022 – News from the Chair

January newsletter from Helen Byard, chair of The Arts Society York
The Arts Society York


Supporting Decorative & Fine Arts
President: Mr George Smith, MBE
Mrs P N Crookenden
Mrs P Mackenzie-Smith
Mrs R F B Wivell
From: Chairman
Helen Gregory
The Old Orchard
18 Woodlands Grove
York YO31 1DL
01904 430844 / 07770 685701

May 2022

As this is my first newsletter as Chairman, I want to thank Helen Byard for all the support and help she has given me and the Society during her time in office.  She has been an excellent chairman and we owe her a great sense of gratitude.

Several events have taken place during the last month. On 28th April Susan Elliott organised a most enjoyable visit to Renishaw Hall, home of the Sitwell family for over 400 years. We had very informative guides who recalled fascinating information about the history of the house and its eclectic collection of family possessions and impressive paintings.  Lunch was enjoyed by all, and the gardens were delightful.  Our thanks to Susan for organising such a lovely day out.

On May 1st the Church Recorders led by Isobel Stones presented the completed Record of All Saints’ Pavement.  A mammoth task which has taken five years to complete. The Record has been beautifully bound, and the Church has valuable information on all aspects of the Church building and its contents.  Isobel has been totally dedicated to this project and we are also grateful to John Finn for producing the format for the book.  The Clergy and Church Wardens have been very supportive and extremely helpful in ensuring completion of the project.

On May 8th several of us set off for Sicily on a visit superbly organised by Joanna Finlay.  It was good for members to spend time together and enjoy all that Sicily had to offer - splendid buildings with local, very knowledgeable guides, delicious meals, and other interesting experiences of Sicilian culture.  Added to that we were able to relax at the end of the day in our hotel overlooking the lovely blue sea at Marina di Ragusa.  Joanna is preparing a more detailed report of our Sicilian visit.

I do urge members to consider joining us on these visits.  We have fun, get to know each other better and everything is arranged for us. All we have to do is enjoy our time away in good company.


Our next lecture on May 24th is “In Paynted Pots is Hidden the Deadliest Poyson” by Briony Hudson.

She will talk about Delftware Jugs and their use by the Pharmaceutical and Medical practitioners where they played a valuable role in understanding medical treatments in the 17th -18th Century.

The new ones will be available at the meeting so please collect yours and for a friend if they are unable to attend. We wish to avoid postal costs if possible.