July 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

July 2022


Dear Member,


Our next meeting is Tuesday 26th July, The Unique Terracotta Army, by Hanne Sutcliffe.

We are particularly delighted to welcome Hanne who we are lucky to have as a member of our Society. She is an accredited Arts Society lecturer and has given presentations in many countries.

Hanne has visited China frequently and has guided and lectured on sixteen tours. We shall learn how the Terracotta soldiers were first excavated and how amazing their discovery was found to be.


Visits - There is still the opportunity for you to join us on our 2022 Visits:

The Piece Hall and Shibden Hall Halifax-Wednesday 27th July

Cost £28.  Bookings must be accompanied by payment
(payment by Cash/Card at lecture or BACS transfer to a/c 00016815 Sort Code 40-52-40 please quote your name/Halifax as reference)

For more details or to book please contact Susan Elliott
e-mail: susan.elliott1942@btinternet.com Phone: 079611 98564


Manchester – Sunday 18th-20th September

This is a short three day visit to Manchester organised by Joanna Finlay

Details include a guided tour of Salford Quays, new home of the BBC, exploration of the new city on the old canal, free time at the Lowry Museum and coach travel to the RHS Bridgewater Garden, which covers 156 acres and was only opened last year.

The contact details are on the website but as time is limited, please contact

Joanna on 01904 641865 or e-mail visits@theartsocietyyork.org.uk or see her at the next meeting.


The Library - It’s disappeared! This is because we felt the current shelving is unsatisfactory and some of the books are showing signs of wear and tear. Therefore May Townsend has volunteered to take on the mammoth task of sorting it out. As May is responsible for Young and Community Arts, we have asked Danesgate School if it is able to make a new shelving unit for the books as a craft project which we shall fund as part of our charity giving.

As we had so many restrictions during Covid it was impossible for borrowed books to be returned.

Therefore if you still have some, would you be so kind as to return them to allow May to do a full inventory.



50th Anniversary Celebrations 2023

Yes the Arts Society York celebrates 50 years since its foundation as NADFAS in 2023. The Committee is currently exploring ways in which we can celebrate. We shall keep you informed of the date once it is agreed so you can put it in your diary.


The Ebor Suite

We are in discussions with the Racecourse about the problems with the temperature of the Ebor Suite and hopefully the next meeting will be warmer (probably have a heatwave anyway!)

Unfortunately we were spoilt when two suites were available for us at a reduced price but the actual hire charge for these is now way beyond our means. The Gimcrack Room is no longer used and nowhere else has the facilities, parking or regular availability which we need and at a price we can afford. So please bear with us. The Racecourse is being very helpful and we shall do our best to ensure your comfort at our lectures.


Sad News - Many members will know Mike Hope who has led visits for us, given lectures to many societies and always been very informative, friendly and had a fantastic sense of humour.

Sadly he died a few days ago after a short illness. Joanna Finlay knew him really well having arranged visits with Mike. She is going to write on our behalf to his family to express our condolences. He will be sadly missed.


September Meeting

We do not have a meeting in August therefore the meeting after July will be on Tuesday 27th September.  Andrew Prince, who you may remember gave a fascinating lecture on the making of the television series Downton Abbey. He brought some of the jewellery he made and showed photos of the actors wearing them. In September he is going to speak to us on “Splendid Journeys: The Art of Opulent Travel” mentioning of course the Orient Express.


I hope you have a lovely summer,

All good wishes,

Helen Gregory


Charity Number 510912