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Welcome to The Arts Society Henley

                                                                     The Arts Society, Henley
The Chairman, Katerina Burgess, Vice Chairman Robert Gurney, and Committee of The Arts Society, Henley are committed to offer every one of our members an exciting selection of Lectures, Special Interest Days and Day Visits for all to enjoy.  As we cannot meet face to face for the time being, we shall bring them to you through the magic of Zoom, with wonderful virtual live Lectures and Special Interest Days, with live questions to follow. A variety of fascinating virtual Day Visits will be hosted by the most outstanding guides, hand picked and recommended by other Societies. 
To get a flavour of what we do, here is our May newsletter:

        The Arts Society Henley                                                                                                
May 2021

        President: Lady Camoys                                                                  
        Registered Charity No. 289323

Dear Members,
Welcome to our newsletter for May. What a delightful feeling of well being there is everywhere, as our country comes to life once again. The exquisite carpets of bluebells add to our optimism, reminding us that summer is only just around the corner. 
On 20th April we had a fascinating Special Interest Day, 'When England had Scarcely Begun': Sutton Hoo and the Lindisfarne Gospels, given by Mark Cottle. Following this Mark sent us a Reading List.  Click here to see it.

We are delighted that plans for supporting a final year Arts student at the University of Reading are steadily moving forward. The University Degree Show, when the prize will be awarded to the student who produces the best proposal as to how they will establish themselves after graduation, will be held on 5th June. Professor Robert Gurney, our University liaison Committee member, has written a further report. Please scroll down to read it.
We wish the students all good luck.  We are very proud to be supporting this project and assisting the lucky winner at the start of his or her career.
As you are well aware, the pandemic has caused disruption in every corner of the world, not least to TASH.  Now we are cautiously turning our attention to two long term commitments close to our hearts, Young Arts and Heritage Volunteers.  Scroll down for reports on both.
After a very busy month in April, we have two delightful events to look forward to in May. The first is our Virtual Live Walking Tour of Budapest on Tuesday 11th May at 10.30am, escorted by Adam Marot. More details further down.
The second is on Thursday 20th May at 10.30am when we welcome one of our most time honoured lecturers to the virtual podium: Peter Medhurst. His lecture is entitled 'The Genius of Beethoven'.  Peter has been visiting Henley for many years and his exceptional performance never fails to delight us. Following the lecture, Peter returns for a unique Special Interest Day on Beethoven on Wednesday 9th June, with a lecture in the morning and recital in the afternoon. Scroll down for more details of both. 
The following article appeared in the April newsletter, so forgive me for reminding you again: 
We are well aware that our events are enjoyed not only by members but also members' friends who have been sent the link. We are very happy (and not a little flattered!) that they have asked to see them too. To this end, it would be most appreciated if members' friends would thoughtfully consider making a donation of £5.00 per event, preferably by bank transfer. This will help towards our continued work with the Society. Alternatively, all are most welcome to join TASH (The Arts Society Henley) at any time. For joining details please get in touch with Roger Dye. Click here to email him (treasurer.henley@theartssociety.org). 
For donations, our bank details are:
Account Name: The Arts Society Henley
Account No: 20368890
Sort Code: 60 83 01
Reference: Visitor
We would be very grateful if members could pass the above details on to friends when they are sending the link.  Thank you.
And now for another reminder:

We have a vacancy on the Committee for a super job.  We are looking for someone to take on the organisation of three Special Interest Days per year.  Robert Gurney is currently combining this with his role as Vice-Chairman of TASH, but this is impractical once we return to meeting at Phyllis Court.  Special Interest Days allow us to look in more detail at a wide range of art topics.  Our Special Interest Day last November was given by Neil Faulkner on Lawrence of Arabia; it was fascinating throughout. We had another marvellous Special Interest Day in April this year, Sutton Hoo and the Lindisfarne Gospels, given by Mark Cottle.

 Organising the Special Interest Days is fun, and the Committee is very helpful to new members as they learn what to do.  A formal job description can be found here.  If you are interested in taking this on please contact Robert on 07828 505 133 or email him on robert.gurney@ntlworld.com

Just to confirm that our scheduled visit to Sudeley Castle on Tuesday 15th June has now been postponed until next year. We shall let you know soon whether our visit to Henry Moore: Sculpture Garden, House and Studios on Thursday 22nd July will go ahead.
Very best wishes
Ginnie Johnston

Tuesday 11th May 2021
Virtual Walk 10.30am 
A Live Walking Tour of Budapest
escorted by Adam Marot

Thursday 20th May 2021
Virtual Lecture at 10.30am repeated 2.30pm
The Genius of Beethoven
given by Peter Medhurst

Wednesday 9th June 2021
Special Interest Day
The Genius of Beethoven - 250 Years Celebration
Part I:  Morning - Virtual Talk
Part 2: Afternoon - Recital
given by Peter Medhurst

Thursday 17th June 2021
Virtual Lecture at 10.30am repeated 2.30pm
The Art of 1935
given by Pamela Campbell-Johnston

Tuesday 22nd June 2021
Virtual Walk 10.30am
A Live Walking Tour of Florence
escorted by Lucia Montuschi

Thursday 15th July 2021
Virtual Lecture at 10.30am repeated 2.30pm
Shock! Horror! Probe! The Art and Artifice of
Fleet Street
A Newspaper Story in Pictures
given by Dr Geri Parlby

Thursday 29th July 2021
Virtual Tour 5.00pm (please note time)
A Live Tour of the Highlights of Vienna - by Scooter!
given by Susanne Waldeck

August 2021
Summer Break

Thursday 16th September 2021
*Virtual* Lecture at 10.30am repeated 2.30pm
Ghastly Good Taste - The Highs and Lows of
British Interior Design
given by Matthew Williams
*If not back at Phyllis Court*

An email will be sent to you the day before
each virtual event 
with a link to it.
Update on Working with the University of Reading
by Professor Robert Gurney


Reading University Campus
Supporting a Final Year Arts Student

The University Degree Show, when the prize will be awarded to the student who produces the best proposal as to how they will establish themselves after graduation, will be held on

5th June 2021.
The Art Department at the University
We hope that the awardee will attend our AGM in November and give an update on what they are doing with the award.  We hope as well that TASH members will receive an invitation to the degree show, although that depends on government guidelines at the time.
Young Arts News
Young Arts Award 2021
Each year TASH has been a major sponsor of the art workshops run by Henley Youth Festival. Some photos from 2019 and 2020 are shown below. This year there will be no Henley Youth Festival, so TASH is offering an award of £200 to each of the 12 primary schools previously involved in the HYF programme to help encourage arts activity.

This will go towards providing materials or activities for art, music, dance or performance.  A list of the Primary Schools is attached here.   
Henley College, Shiplake College and The Piggott School will also receive £250 towards materials or activities for art A level groups. 
We would like to build on our support for the Royal Society of British Artists Rising Stars competition by making a new award to the art A level group at these three Secondary Schools.
For more information on our awards to the twelve Primary Schools and
the three Secondary Schools, please click here.
Heritage Volunteers 
After many months of enforced absence, the Heritage Volunteers are planning
to meet again in August. 

The Heritage Volunteers started work with the Frazer Nash Archive in November 2017. It has been very different from our previous traditional projects which were all

Library or Church based.
Captain Archie Frazer-Nash, 1889 - 1965
The archive is located in Henley and focuses on the history of the Frazer Nash marque and the life stories of Archie Frazer Nash and the Aldington family.  This spans the period from 1909 when the first motor car was built by Archie Frazer Nash and Ron Godfrey through to 1958 when the last post war design was produced, and on to 1965 and 1976 when Archie Frazer Nash and H J Aldington died.  

1926 Frazer Nash 1 1/2 Litre Super Sports
The Archive objective is to catalogue and scan all relevant records and paper work, making it available online. We have now reached the point that our handwritten schedules need to be transferred to the grand computerised archive system.  This is a new challenge both for us and the Trustees, working under the overall guidance of
the head archivist of Kings College London.

Frazer Nash 1932
We are now in need of someone with computer skills to join the team. The history of Frazer Nash is fascinating and anyone interested in cars would find this a most rewarding project.  For more information please get in touch with Julian Clare 01753 856 356.  For more information on Heritage Volunteers and on this project please click here.

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A Virtual Live Visit to Budapest
on Tuesday 11th May 2021 at 10.30am
with Adam Marot
Highlights of Buda -
A Walking Tour of the Castle District

The Chain Bridge
Your guide, Adam, will walk you through the key sites of the Buda Castle Hill neighbourhood starting with a breathtaking view of The Chain Bridge.

Alexander Palace
Walking North, we reach the Alexander Palace serving as the Presidential Office. Passing by the Buda Castle itself and zigzagging the Medieval residential streets we will learn about the different historical layers of the area.

Fisherman's Bastion
The tour concludes at the Fisherman's bastion taking in views of Pest and the
Parliament Building.
Adam Marot
During the walk Adam will cover Hungary's history, gastronomy, and so much more! 
An email will be sent to you 
the day before the Visit
with a link to it.


Our Online Lecture on Thursday 20th May 2021 
10.30am and repeated 2.30pm

The Genius of Beethoven
given by Peter Medhurst 

Lithograph Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven
by Ferdinand Schimon
Famously, every morning of his adult life, Beethoven measured out exactly 60 coffee beans for his breakfast.  A man who is capable of such discipline over a cup of coffee can surely apply that exactness elsewhere in his life, and in Beethoven's case, it was applied to his compositions. 
Peter appears in the UK and abroad as a musician and scholar, giving recitals and delivering illustrated lectures on music and the arts.  He studied singing and early keyboard instruments at The Royal College of Music and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

For more information on the lecture please click here.

This lecture is affiliated to the Special Interest Day to be given by Peter Medhurst on Wednesday 9th June 2021. For more information on the Special Interest Day please click here

An email will be sent to you 
the day before the Lecture
with a link to it.
Our Special Interest Day on
Wednesday 9th June 2021

This follows our lecture on Beethoven on
Thursday 20th May 2021

The Genius of Beethoven -
250 Years Celebration 

Peter Medhurst, renowned musician, singer, lecturer and scholar, follows his May lecture on Ludwig van Beethoven with a Special Interest Day devoted to Beethoven.
Beethoven is one of the most admired composers in the repertoire.  His exceptional creativity is set against both his increasing deafness and a period of turmoil in European history. 
Leonard Bernstein once observed ‘what makes Beethoven great is his perfect sense of form – his ability to realise what the next note always had to be.’ Up to a point I think Bernstein is correct in his assessment, since Beethoven does project a wonderful sense of self-assuredness in his music, giving the impression that the end product was inevitable and that all he had to do was bother to put the dots down onto the page. However, as Beethoven himself said ‘I carry my thoughts around with me for a long time . . . I change things, discard and try again until I am satisfied’, suggesting that like a craftsman, Beethoven often had to hone his ideas into shape until the right solution presented itself. 
There will be a lecture in the morning and lecture recital in the afternoon.
You will be notified of exact times nearer the date.

For more information on the Special Interest Day and Peter himself, please click here.  

An email will be sent to you 
the day before the Special Interest Day
with links to the morning and the afternoon.
Online Lectures from
The Arts Society Head Office
As mentioned in previous newsletters, The Arts Society Head Office in London has compiled a series of fascinating online lectures for all its members across the world. Please click on the following links to see the latest. They are charming, interesting and informative and a pleasure to read. There is also a special offer from The Telegraph.

Curated Highlights from the Arts Society 

Become an Instant Expert on Morris's Wallpapers  

A Special Offer from the Telegraph 

Become an Instant Expert on our Historic Canals 

More Curated Highlights from the Arts Society




Contact Number and Email address for
Chairman and Vice Chairman
If you need to contact our Chairman,
Katerina Burgess, 
her telephone number is 07774 183 847
and her email address is
If you need to contact our Vice Chairman, 
Robert Gurney,
his telephone number is 07828 505 133
and his email address is
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The Arts Society Henley (formerly Henley Decorative & Fine Arts Society) was founded in 1976 by Françoise  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. 

Before Covid struck, our lectures were held in the Ballroom at Phyllis Court Club in Henley. We shall return to normal at the first opportunuty. When all is back to normal we have a morning lecture starting at 10:45am and the same lecture at 2:15pm on the third Thursday of the month, except July, August and December.  There are 10 lectures each year with two in November, 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.  In addition, in normal circumstances we have a short holiday in the British Isles in the spring and in the 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 world wide, 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