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Newsletter for July 3rd
Wednesday 03 July 2019

Dear Fellow Members,


Our next meeting of the TAS Thames Estuary will be held on Wednesday 3rd July at our usual venue, Rochford Freight House.  There is one session only at 10:30;  there will be no afternoon lecture. It will commence with our AGM, followed swiftly by a lecture from Bertie Pearce who will talk on Punch and Judy.

Mr Punch, the most famous puppet character of all time,  gave “Punch” magazine its title, has inspired opera, ballet and punk rock with his notorious refrain; ‘That’s the way to do it!” Appearing in England in 1662, Punch is descended from the Italian Clown Pulcinella of the 15th C Commedia Dell’Arte tradition. 

For more details, visit the lectures page on our website:

We are still looking for a Financial Examiner of the Annual Accounts for next year, who does not have to be a member. Please contact Debra O’Connell on 01702 553571.

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.


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 available at the AGM.


Prior to the meetings on Wednesday 6th November we will be organising a coffee meet-up session for new members, by invitation only.

Join us for our next Special Interest Day on Wednesday 13th November to take a ‘Nostalgic Trip to Magical Days’ with Howard Smith who will be speaking about the illustrators of written works including Rupert Bear, Dan Dare, Famous Five, Just William and Alice in Wonderland. Tickets will be on sale at the July meeting, costing £32 (to include morning coffee and lunch).

On Wednesday 27th November, we are organising a coach trip to Leeds Castle, to include  lunch, for £48. Tickets will be on sale at the October meeting.

We are hoping to organise a 5-day trip to Prague in April. If you are interested, would you kindly inform Hazel Green at the AGM meeting, or email or telephone   01702 525792.


We look forward to seeing you all on the 3rd July.


With Kind Regards, 

Carol Kitching

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