April Newsletter from the Chair

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The Arts Society York

Update from Helen Byard

We shall have our next lecture next Tuesday, 27 April.   Once again, this will be via Zoom and will be given by Roger Butler, who is going to talk about "The Hidden World of Canal Architecture".   The lecture will examine the unique buildings and structures associated with the UK's canal network, with a vast array of distinctive designs, landmark features and unusual artefacts.  Only the Church of England and the National Trust have more listed structures than our canals.  Lock flights, lighthouses, cottages and clock towers:  our canals delight the eye and refresh the spirit.  If you have not received the Zoom link yet, please contact us. Topic: The Arts Society York AGM and lecture "Canal Architecture"
Before the talk, at 1pm, the Annual General Meeting will take place.   You will have received your postal voting information and will, I am sure, have completed and returned your voting slip to our Hon. Secretary.  This will be an opportunity to record formally the results of the vote and to advise members of changes, as well as for members of the Committee to answer any questions that have been submitted to the Hon. Secretary.
Study Day to Harewood House.   Susan Elliott is attempting to finalise arrangements for an afternoon visit to Harewood House, with the provisional date being Thursday 20 May.  To alleviate concerns about spreading viruses, we will not arrange coach travel but ask that members travel independently, before meeting for the guided tour of the House.   As soon as the details and costs are agreed, we will send you an email so that bookings may be made. 
Lectures.  The next three lectures (May, June and July) will be via Zoom, and I will send details about each talk at the appropriate time.   You will receive the programme for September 2021-July 2022 via e-mail initially, and we hope to give out the programme cards in September.   There have been no changes to our proposed arrangements regarding a return to the Racecourse for the September meeting: the morning lecture will be followed by a celebratory Lunch, and I do hope that you will put the date of Tuesday 28 September in your diary now, so that you are free to attend the talk and then come to what we hope will be a very happy occasion.
I end, as usual, with the hope that this finds you and your families in good health,

Helen Byard
April 2020