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Chairman’s Introduction    

I’ve been Chairman and Newsletter Editor since 2009 and Show Secretary since 2012. Whilst it has all been enjoyable and worthwhile, now I would like to lighten my workload by handing over the Newsletter Editor role to someone else. Please consider the appeal below.

Finally, may I remind you that your THACS membership runs until 31st October and will soon be due for renewal (unless you joined after 30th June this year, in which case your membership will run through to 31 October 2018). 

Membership remains only £5 per person per year, which represents excellent value. If you pay for your membership via a standing order, then your membership fee will be paid automatically. Otherwise, please send your cheque (payable to THACS) to Malcolm Allen, 47 Bishops Road, Tewin Wood, Welwyn, Hertfordshire AL6 0NPby 31st October.

To see my report and the Prize-winners of the Autumn Show click on Recent Events above. 

As THACS will not be able to arrange a visit to a gallery or exhibition before Christmas, Jim Hall has highlight some exhibitions and venues well worth a trip if you have the opportunity this year. Scroll down to see Other News - Degas and Others.


Ray Keppler (Chairman)



It’s time for a new editor, who can bring their own style and fresh approach to the newsletters. Could that be you? 

There are five THACS newsletters each year and your role as editor would be to collate and edit articles about forthcoming or recent events, insert the adverts and get the newsletters ready for printing. You would not need to write anything yourself (except maybe an editorial introduction) and you do not need to be able to use any sophisticated desk-top publishing tools. However, you would need to be able to work to publishing deadlines and to orchestrate the contributors to get their articles to you on time.  

The role of Newsletter Editor has always been done by a member of the THACS committee and so you would be most welcome to join us. This would make your editorial task easier because you would have a better understanding of THACS activities and be able to discuss and influence editorial policy and newsletter content. However, you could be Newsletter Editor without joining the committee if that would suit you better. 

If you would like to know more, please contact me. 

Ray Keppler   Email: raykeppler@btinternet.com   Telephone: 01438 717545

THACS  Events 

For ease of reference, here are the dates and titles of our events, together with the closing dates for the associated bookings. 



Closing date for bookings

19th October

Art workshop

12th October

10th November

Creative writing workshop

3rd November

2nd December

Art & Craft sale

No booking required

15th January  

Annual General Meeting

No booking required

14th April                   Spring Show                                               8th April 

1st September            Autumn Show                                             26th August


Photographs of THACS previous events 

For pictures of the Autumn Show and Show Winners click   HERE

To see pictures of THACS previous events click  HERE  then scroll

down to find the album containing the pictures you want to view.

Pictures by John Ling, Byron Sinfield, Mike Clark


Other News - Degas and more. 

As THACS will not be able to arrange a visit to a gallery or exhibition before Christmas,  I wanted to highlight some exhibitions and venues well worth a trip if you have the opportunity this year. 

Cambridge has a number of museums including the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Polar Museum, Museum of the History of Science and (in my view the best) the Fitzwilliam Museum, housing over half a million objects. From 3rd October 2017 to 14th January 2018, the museum will be displaying the Degas: a passion for perfection exhibition. Some of you may recall the Degas exhibition in London a couple of years ago and this one could be even better. 

It will be one hundred years this September since Degas died at the age of eighty-three; this exhibition celebrates his lifetime’s achievement. A remarkable range of work – paintings, pastels, drawings, watercolours, prints of different types, counterproofs and sculptures in bronze and wax - reveal Degas’s fascination with technical experimentation and constant drive to expand his means of expression. Arranged thematically, the exhibition highlights many of the subjects most prominent in Degas’s work – nudes, café scenes and the dance – and with free entry. And of course, if this is not to your taste there is always the Botanic Garden, worth a visit at any time of year. For more information call the visitor centre on 01223 791500 or email info@visitcambridge.org 

With only thirty minutes on the train into London, there are many places to visit but I would just like to highlight a couple. 

The National Gallery will be showing Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites from 2nd October 2017 to 2nd April 2018 (a charge applies). 

Tate Britain will be holding evening visits.  There are two more this year where you can check out an amazing mix of artworks, have a drink and a bite to eat. It’s free to get in, has a great atmosphere with a relaxed immersive mix of sound and visuals, hands-on making activities and intriguing discussion, all curated exclusively by 15-25 year olds from Tate Collective London. 

The next Late at Tate Britain takes place on Friday 6th October from 18:00 to 21:00 and the last of the year will be on 1st December 2017 from 18:00 to 21:30. These events are drop-in and operate on a first-come-first-served basis. 

My last place of interest is the Royal Museums Greenwich (www.rmg.co.uk). We have visited here a few years ago but it is well worth going back to see the current exhibitions and of course there are many attractions on the site including the Cutty Sark (painstakingly restored with 90% of the original hull remaining, despite the devastating fire in 2007). 

Hope you find some of this of interest and we look forward to arranging more THACS visits in 2018. 

Jim Hall (Vice Chairman) 


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Updated  AF - 11/10/2017