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Newsletter for April 03 2019
Wednesday 03 April 2019

Dear Fellow Members,


Our next lectures of the TAS Thames Estuary year will be held on Wednesday 3rd April at our usual venue, Rochford Freight House., when Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes will talk on “The Talent in Tite Street”. The morning session begins at 10.30 a.m., with the afternoon session at 2.00 p.m.


Our Treasurer Adrienne Davison stands down in July, so we are looking for someone to take over the role, initially shadowing Adrienne. She and Richard Offord have worked hard to get their database in line with The Arts Society, which makes exchanges quicker and easier. There is a course available with all costs paid. Do please give it some thought.


London’s Tite Street was one of the most influential artistic quarters in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A staggering amount of talent thrived in just this one street in Chelsea, including James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Oscar Wilde, John Singer Sargent, Augustus John, Romaine Brooks and Gluck. Throughout its turbulent history it remained home to innumerable artists, writers, suffragettes, queers and madmen. Here Whistler was bankrupted, Oscar Wilde imprisoned and Frank Miles went mad. This lecture ties together the private and professional lives of its inhabitants to form a colourful tapestry of art and intrigue. 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.


Tickets are still available for a coach trip to Greenwich, including coffee, entry to and guided tour of the newly opened Painted Hall at the Old Royal Navy College, Greenwich on 22nd May 2019 at a price of £32.00. Pick up points will be Thorpe Bay 8.30 a.m., London Rd. Westcliff 8.40 a.m., Thames Drive 8.50 a.m., and Hadleigh 9.00 a.m.


Tickets will now be available for a London Walking tour on Thursday 18th July 2019. Andrew Davis will guide us through “St. Pancras and King’s Cross: A Discovery”. This will consist of morning and afternoon walks, with time for lunch. Please make your own travel arrangements to meet outside Kings Cross Station in the square with its Henry Moore Sculpture at 11 a.m. Price £20 for walks and talks.



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


With Kind Regards, 

Carol Kitching

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