Ann Bittlestone


Sue Porter

Assistant Chairman

Chairman’s  Newsletter

A very warm welcome to our new members. We have been able to take a number of applicants off the waiting list.

If you take two minutes to look at the website, here you will be made aware of the opportunities open to you. Now that you are part of the fold,please take advantage. They are:

  • the diverse monthly lectures
  • the themed day lectures on Spanish Art ( 3 in the Spring)
  • Visits to the Potteries Museum
  • Two events organised by The Arts Society East Midlands Area of which you can take advantage
  • or you can involve yourself in the Heritage Volunteers projects and for this please contact Beth Hall or Hillary Olleson.

Filling in forms is always a chore but there are two changes which mean that next year’s membership forms are going to be more complicated. The General Data Protection Regulation which comes into force on 25th May 2018 requires that we tell you what data we hold on you and what we use it for. Then you must opt in to the data being shared with the national The Arts Society. Similarly, HMRC has tightened the rules about Gift Aid and we need to be sure that you have ticked the box to allow us to claim. Both of these changes mean that membership renewal forms will need to be completed in full for membership to be renewed.

Our excellent venue, the Broadway Cinema, has postponed  some renovations and redecoration during the summer and autumn and this will probably take place next summer. This will lead to some disruption and a reduction of the seating capacity in Screen One, where we hold our lectures. Hopefully this will lead to the minimum of inconvenience.

We would like to make the Society more friendly and inclusive. This can’t be forced on members but we have an initiative to try and help. We will be taking over the Mezzanine floor at the Broadway from 10.30 to 11.45 am and providing coffee and biscuits for £1. This will start at the December meeting and continue at least till March 2019 in order to see whether it succeeds in the aims.

Meanwhile, I do encourage you to become involved in our Society and remember that you only grow old when you stop being curious!!!

Ann Bittlestone