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Chairman's Letter
Tuesday 25 June 2019

Welcome to The Arts Society King’s Lynn.  We are one of several hundred individual branches of The Arts Society in Britain (and in Europe, Australasia and Canada), which was originally founded in 1968 for people interested in the Fine and Decorative Arts but has since expanded to include the Arts in general, from painting and sculpture to music, architecture and design.  We offer nine excellent lectures - to which visitors are very welcome - on the second Thursday in the month between September and May, meeting at 2.05 pm at West Winch Village Hall.  The society also organises visits to interesting places nearby, and study tours to places further afield.  For example, members have recently enjoyed visiting 78 Derngate in Northampton, the last house designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, to Norwich Castle Museum to see a Vikings exhibition and Norwich School artist John Cotman’s work, and also ventured to Krakow in Poland.  In September 2019 members will head off to enjoy a four day study tour based in Cardiff.

The aspect which sets our society apart from others is that our members may, if they wish, undertake practical work as Church Recorders, Heritage Volunteers and devise Children’s Trails (to churches, chapels and other places of interest),  enthralling and educating 8-12 year olds.  The Church Recorders responded to a request from the V & A Museum for society members to record the interiors of churches.  So far King’s Lynn has worked on 19 local churches, compiling their complete inventories for the national record.   The King’s Lynn Heritage Volunteers have for many years assisted the National Trust by cleaning and caring for the books in the library at Oxburgh Hall, and more recently assisted the Wisbech and Fenland Museum in cataloguing its collections.  Full training is given to enable members to undertake these tasks with confidence, and to enjoy being part of the friendly teams working alongside those who usually run these organisations.

Nationally the societies are keen to offer opportunities to youngsters, from Primary school to college students, to widen their art horizons through practical work, visits to see great modern and historic art, and by offering the opportunity for individual young artists to explore their own talents with, for example, bursaries for training in conservation techniques.  Young Arts explores these possibilities.

We are a friendly and welcoming group of people, who have a love of the Arts in the widest sense, and relish the opportunity to help preserve our national heritage for posterity.  If you feel intrigued by any of this, why not give us a visit?  You will receive a warm welcome.

Kate Parker, Chairman