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Newsletter for May 1st 2019
Wednesday 01 May 2019

Dear Fellow Members,

Our next lectures of the TAS Thames Estuary year will be held on Wednesday 1st May at our usual venue, Rochford Freight House., when Lucrezia Walker will talk on “John Peter Russell”. The morning session begins at 10.30 a.m., with the afternoon session at 2.00 p.m.

John Peter Russell, was an Australian impressionist and regarded by Rodin as an artist equal to Monet, Renoir and Matisse.  Russell moved to Europe to attend art school.  He befriended fellow pupil Vincent Van Gogh and painted the first portrait of the future world-famous artist. Russell returned to Sydney in old age, where he died.  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 Station Bus stop 8.30 a.m., London Road by Halfords Westcliff 8.40 a.m.,Thames Drive 8.50 a.m., and Hadleigh 9.00 a.m.

 Tickets are also 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.

 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 training course available at The Art Society HQ in London with all costs paid. Dates available at present are 4th or 5th July, but more will be offered in the autumn. Do please give it some thought.

 We look forward to seeing you all on the 1st May.

 With Kind Regards, 

Carol Kitching

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