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                                                            IMPORTANT INFORMATION - UPDATE

The Arts Society Henley

26th March 2020

Dear Member

Outbreak of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in the United Kingdom 

Further to our letter of 15th March (see below), the gravity of the situation in the United Kingdom, and indeed most of the world, has become ever more severe. We are now all in isolation in our own homes. Rest assured we are thinking about you.  If you would like to send us an email about any concerns you may have, we shall use our best endeavours to help.  No-one in our Henley Arts Society should feel they are all alone. Click here to get started.
As more and more establishments close and every kind of festivity is postponed or cancelled for the foreseeable future, sadly we too must postpone our entire programme for the next few months. However, we have every intention of re-arranging them for later in the year or early next if possible and will let you know as soon as we are in a position to do so. The list is as follows:

Wednesday 1st April     - Annual General Meeting

26th - 30th April             - Trip to Cornwall  (all participants have been notified)

Thursday 21st May         - Lecture (a.m. and p.m.): The Great Twelve Revisited

Thursday 4th June         -  Special Interest Day: Why Paris? 1900 - 1947

Thursday 11th June        - Day Visit: Sudeley Castle

Thursday 18th June        - Lecture (a.m. and p.m.): The Art of 1935

Thursday 16th July          - Day Visit: Henry Moore Sculpture Garden

Presuming all will be well again, we hope that the visit to the Henry Moore Sculpture Garden will take place in September (date to be agreed). We shall, of course, notify you when things are clearer.  Had we been going in July, booking would have taken place at the lectures on Thursday 21st May. In order to gauge interest for the proposed September trip, we would be grateful if you would email Judith Stephenson-Hodges on or near 21st May (please click here). This preliminary email will not bind you to attend.

We hope that the Day Visit to St Pancras and Kings Cross with Andrew Davies originally planned for Wednesday 23rd September will now take place in October.  More details will be sent as soon as we have them.

As mentioned above, we have had to defer the Annual General Meeting due to take place on Wednesday 1st April.  This will now take place later in the year.  We are hoping that we may be entertained with the lecture "A Brief History of Wine", due to follow the original AGM, either then or sometime soon thereafter.

Our next scheduled event is the lecture on Thursday 17th September entitled "The Rise of Portraiture in Renaissance Italy". This will be confirmed nearer the time.

On 20th March we received further guidance from The Arts Society governing body in London.  If you would like to read it please click here.

If you would also like to look at their website please click here.

We hope you are managing under these difficult circumstances.  If we follow Government rules and stay at home, we are in the best possible, safest place.

Once more we send our very best wishes and hope that you may all stay fit and well until we meet again before too long.

Evelyn McQuater



The Arts Society Henley 
15th March 2020

Dear Member

Outbreak of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in the United Kingdom 

It is with much regret that due to the severity of the situation regarding the rapid spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) across the whole country, we must now cancel the following events:

This Thursday 19th March - Lecture (a.m. and p.m.)

Friday 27th March - New Members Coffee Morning

Wednesday 1st April - Annual General Meeting

Thursday 16th April - Lecture (a.m. and p.m.)

Thursday 14th May - Visit to the Brighton Pavilion etc.

We are actively discussing whether or not the Cornwall trip from Sunday 26th April to Thursday 30th April can take place and will notify all participants directly.

We are constantly monitoring the situation and should it be necessary to cancel further events after 14th May we shall be in touch as soon as possible.

The safety and well being of all our members is of prime consideration and we hope that every one of you is in agreement with this decision.

On 13th March we received official guidance from The Arts Society Head Office in London, advice which we have naturally followed.  If you would like to read it please click here.

If you would like to get in touch with us please email on henley@theartssociety.org .

We send you our very best wishes and hope that you may all stay fit and well until we meet again before too long.

Evelyn McQuater







The Arts Society Henley (formerly Henley Decorative & Fine Arts Society) was founded in 1976 by Francoise White, with our first lecture in January 1977.  The membership grew rapidly and now stands at about 626. 

The Arts Society Henley is one of over 385 societies throughout the UK, in mainland Europe and New Zealand as well as 35 societies in Australia as part of the Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) with a combined membership of over 98,000 worldwide. 

Our lectures are held in the Ballroom at Phyllis Court Club in Henley.  We have a morning lecture starting at 10:45 and the same lecture at 14:15 on the third Thursday of the month, except July, August and December.  There are 10 lectures each year with two in April, one being at the AGM. 

We also have three Special Interest Days where we embrace a subject in greater depth.  Four day visits are arranged each year to exhibitions, houses, museums and many other places of interest.  Every spring we have a short holiday in the British Isles and each autumn a holiday abroad, accompanied by expert guides.

Do email your news, views and photographs to Ginnie Johnston (Website and Newsletter), at henley@theartssociety.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

To find out more about The Arts Society, its structure and history visit theartssociety.org website.

To find out more about becoming a member of The Arts Society Henley, please go to Join Us.



Registered Charity No. 289323                                  Photograph of Henley above by kind permission of photographer Tim Hodges ARPS