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Newsletter for June 5th 2019
Wednesday 05 June 2019

Dear Fellow Members

Our next lectures of the TAS Thames Estuary year will be held on Wednesday 5th June at our usual venue, Rochford Freight House., when Julian Halsby will talk on “The Extraordinary Life of Misia Sirt”. The morning session begins at 10.30 a.m., with the afternoon session at 2.00 p.m.

Misia was a virtuoso Polish pianist. She was painted by Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, Eduard Vuillard and Renoir; Debussy and Ravel dedicated pieces to her. Her second husband financed Diaghilev’s Russian Ballets becoming part of the circle around Picasso, Stravinsky, Cocteau and Nijinsky. She became Coco Chanel’s closest friend and confidante. For more details, visit the lectures page on our website:

If anyone can stay at the end of the afternoon lecture to help put away the equipment, it would be most appreciated.

 Please remember to pick up your envelope containing the AGM papers and your application form for next year’s membership.

 We are still looking for a volunteer to act as Treasurer.  We also need a Financial Examiner of the Annual Accounts for next year, who does not have to be a member. 

Our London Walking tour is on Thursday 18th July 2019. Andrew Davies will guide us through “St. Pancras and King’s Cross: A Discovery”. Please make your own travel arrangements to meet outside Kings Cross Station in the square with its Henry Moore Sculpture at 11 a.m. There is now a waiting list for tickets, price £20 for walks and talks. 

We are planning an outing to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew on Wednesday 9th October, visiting the Chihuly Glass sculptures on show throughout the gardens. The price of £33 will include coach, entrance, hop on/hop off train and gratuities. Tickets will be on sale from June’s meeting.  

Join us for our next Special Interest Day on Wednesday 13th November to take a ‘Nostalgic Trip to Magical Days’ with Howard Smith. Howard will be speaking about the illustrators of written works including the Rupert Bear and Dan Dare books; Eileen Soper’s Famous Five (Enid Blyton) illustrations; Thomas Henry’s Just William (R. Crompton) illustrations and Gwynedd M. Hudson’s Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll) illustrations. Tickets will be on sale at the July meeting, costing £32 (to include morning coffee and lunch).

 We look forward to seeing you all on the 5th June.

 With Kind Regards, 

Carol Kitching

On behalf of The Arts Society Thames Estuary (TEDFAS) Committee