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Newsletter for 5th February 2020
Wednesday 05 February 2020

Dear Fellow Member,

Our next lecture of The Arts Society Thames Estuary will be held on Wednesday 5th February, at the Rochford Freight House, when the morning session begins at 10.30 am., with the afternoon at 2.00 pm. Nigel Bates will talk about " In the Kingdom of the Sweets". 

The Nutcracker has delighted audiences at Christmas for many decades, yet it was deemed a failure at its first performances.  Nigel will take a close look at how this well-loved ballet now takes its rightful place on stage and how the music of Tchaikovsky along with story-telling, design and dance all come together to make the most magical escape.

For more details of the lecture, please visit our website:

For information, the Russian State Ballet of Siberia will be performing The Nutcracker at the Cliffs Pavilion on Sunday 9th February (2.00 pm. & 5.30 pm.) and although tickets are now limited, some are still available at the box office if interested.

The social meet up for a drink and a chat at the Cliffs Pavilion on Wednesday 22nd January proved a success with 20 members attending.

Tickets are still available for our next Special Interest Day on Wednesday 11th March at a cost of £32, which includes lunch and coffee. The subject is " Mr & Mrs Artists – husband and wife artists " with speaker James Russell.

Tickets are also available for our trip to Munnings Museum in Dedham on Wednesday 8th April, costing £25, including coach, coffee and a guided walk around the lake at Flatford Mill.

If anyone else would like to join the organised trip to Prague from Wednesday 22nd April to Sunday 26th April,   please contact Hazel Green at or telephone 01702 525792 for further details.

Linking in with our June lecture on ‘Canal History and Heritage’, a London canal walk is planned for Wednesday 17th June, commencing at Paddington, with time to obtain lunch at Camden Lock and finishing at St. Pancras. Further details will be available nearer the time.

We are also investigating a cathedral visit later in the year, to link in with our May Lecture on ‘Cathedrals, a Safe Place to do Risky Things’.

Would you kindly make cheques payable to The Arts Society Thames Estuary. Details will be on a poster on the back desk, where bookings are taken for trips etc.

We look forward to seeing you all on 5th February.


With Kind Regards,

Carol Kitching

(On behalf of The Arts Society Thames Estuary Committee)