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Chairman’s Introduction    

On behalf of the committee, thank you to the 26 people who attended our AGM on Monday 15th January. The evening went very smoothly and I hope that you enjoyed it. A brief report on the AGM can be found, together with the minutes and associated reports by clicking on AGM Report above.

One of those reports is the text of a brief presentation I made entitled Challenges & Opportunities, reflecting on the current state of the Society, explaining the challenges facing it in 2018 and identifying the opportunities that these challenges provide. Please give it your attention, consider the issues it raises and think about any ways that you can help the committee to meet the challenges.

On a lighter note, preparation for the Spring Show is well underway. This time, the show will feature an exciting new class for Adult & Child Pairs click on Forthcoming Events above for details.

The Spring Show Schedule can be found by clicking Booking Forms above, more information about the show can be found in Forthcoming Events above.

So you have a bumper package this time!

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 for 2018, together with the closing dates for the associated bookings.



Closing date for bookings

23rd March

Creative Writing workshop

18th March

14th April

Spring Show

8th April

20th May

Open Gardens

No booking required

1st September

Autumn Show

26th August

1st December

Art & Craft Fair

No booking required


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

 Poetry evening on Tuesday 27th March

 There will be an evening of poetry in Welwyn Garden City on Tuesday 27th March, from 8pm to 10pm. You’ll be able to listen, discuss and be inspired by poetry on wildlife, nature and the local landscape. There will be well-known and contemporary poems chosen and read aloud by members of local poetry groups: U3A, Ver Poets and Poetry ID.  (If you would like to read aloud a poem of your own choice, please contact Claudia Harflett on 07754145029 or claudia.harflett@gmail.com). 

 No booking is required. If you wish to attend, then please meet at 8pm at Howlands Baptist Church, The Commons, Welwyn Garden City. Sat Nav AL7 4RS

 (Thanks to David Laming for bringing this to my attention.)


Rooms with a view. Two Amazing Galleries for You to Enjoy

 1.       The National Gallery      

 2.       The Wallace Collection

 If you fancy a day in London then there aren’t many better places to visit than an art gallery. 

 The National Gallery

 The first place I recommend is the National Gallery where you’ll see some amazing “rooms with great views”. Did you know, the National Gallery possesses one of the most valuable and comprehensive collections of paintings in the world.

 The gallery was founded in 1824 after Parliament provided £57,000 for the purchase of 38 paintings from the famous Angerstein Collection.  Numerous later purchases and donations made it necessary to enlarge the building many times over, the latest in 1991 when the Sainsbury Wing was opened.

 The collections offer a wide cross-section of European painting from 1260 until 1920, with the greatest treasures being the collection of Dutch Masters and the Italian Schools of the 15th and 16th centuries.

 The West Wing presents paintings from sixteenth century, including exhibits by well-known artists; Tintoretto (St George and the Dragon).

 The North Wing delights with paintings from 1600 to 1700 including: Peter Paul Rubens (Rape of the Sabine Women and The Straw Hat), van Dyck (Charles I on Horseback and The Balbi Children). Displays of Spanish paintings include: Diego Velázquez, Caravaggio (Boy bitten by a Lizard), and Nicolas Poussin (The Finding of Moses).

 The East Wing is the place to aim for if you want to break for lunch or for a cuppa: - you deserve it!

 You can also view a Reynolds, Gainsborough, Constable or Turner before moving onto the delights of the French and Italian displays, such as Monet (The Waterlily Pond) and van Gogh (Sunflowers).

 The gallery offers excellent audio tour options. For example, the Inspired Tour directs visitors to paintings known to have provided inspiration for poets and writers, as well as celebrities, some of whom share their favourites. There are free maps and free guided tours (check on-line or at the desk when you arrive).

 There are free Friday evening music recitals, provided by students from the Royal College of Music.

 For more information click National Gallery 

 The Wallace Collection

 A not so well-known venue in London is the Wallace Collection which is located at Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN. The nearest tube is Bond Street or Baker Street.

 The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury; you could say there is something to interest everyone.

 In 2018, the Wallace Collection celebrates the 200th birthday of the founder, Sir Richard Wallace. The supposed illegitimate son of the Fourth Marquess of Hertford, Sir Richard unexpectedly inherited the Marquess’s dazzling collection of art. This legacy was to change the direction of his own life and that of the masterpieces in his care.

Sir Richard believed in sharing his inheritance with a wider audience and he was also a prominent collector, adding extensively to the Collection prior to his death in 1890.

 If you have 10 minutes or a couple of hours to spare the gallery is open seven days a week from 10am – 5pm and admission is free.

 For much more detail and information on the collection click Wallace Collection

 There will be plenty to see and do if you get the chance to visit either of these great venues.

 Jim Hall (Vice Chairman)


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Updated  APF - 16/02/2018