|Vice Chairman||Rachel Hay|
|Hon Treasurer||Bruce Seton|
|Hon Secretary||Jill Craig|
|Membership Secretary||Rachel Hay|
|Programme Secretary||Paula Bolton|
|Visits Secretary||Judith Marks|
|Special Interest Days||Sheenagh Nicholson|
|Young Arts||Paul Chapman|
|Website & Tours||Kenneth Parker|
|Current Area Chairman||Lee Cary|
Bruce Seton Rachel Hay
Paul Chapman Sheenagh Nicholson
Jill Craig Judith Marks
Kenneth Parker Bruce Gear
Village Hall, Equipment & Technology Bruce Gear
Coffee and Refreshments Ann Bramall. Jenny Newton & Elizabeth and Ross Johnston
The society began life in 1997. It was conceived by three founding members who, each in their turn, nurtured it through a nine year gestation period to give it the best possible start in life. They did this so successfully that Jane, the first chairman, was co-opted by NADFAS House to help new societies start up. She continues to give valuable advice to our society. Anne, the second chairman, met an untimely death a few years ago and is sorely missed. Flick is still with us and lends us her husband as Treasurer.
In 2017, NADFAS (The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) changed its name to The Arts Society and this is the body to which we are now affiliated.
- 1997-2000 Jane Sawyer
- 2000-2003 Lady Anne Warren
- 2003-2006 Flick Seton
- 2006-2009 Cath Scales
- 2009-2012 Jane Hoole
- 2012-2015 Rosemary Izod
- 2015-2018 Heather Parker
CATH SCALES JANE HOOLE
End of term Chairman’s Letter
These past three year have positively whizzed by, but I think we have achieved a lot in that time. High Weald still has the reputation of being a friendly society, and I am proud of that. We’ve had some brilliant lectures, and our eyes have been opened to many aspects of the arts. We’ve been to Russia, Africa, Australia, Paris, Spain and
Japan. We now know what naughty monks wrote in the margins of their manuscripts, how to look at the frames of paintings too, and even ow to bind a book. For all this we have a new screen and a marvellous new projector.There have been many journeys, near and far, to Chevening, to our lovely Romney Marsh churches, to the theatre to see wonderful plays and musicals, and even to Sicily and to Crete.This all sounds very self- indulgent, but I should make it clear that as well as making donations to local museums and charities, we do help introduce arts to the young.
They say the world is divided into ‘them as gets on with it, and them as sits and watches.. Our committee is certainly of the former sort and has never shied away from any demands made of them. Jacqueline has struggled every year with the layout and content of the programme card, minutes, missives and so much else and always come out triumphant. Bruce Seton, our treasurer, every year, manages our finances with sardonic humour, Michael Vaughan found exciting and fascinating subjects for us to explore, and also entertained our speakers, not always easy. like the gentleman he is. Rachel, our marvellously efficient membership secretary, coped coolly with every problem that arose. Patrick Izod always came up with new and amazing visits, and organised them to perfection. Meanwhile Paul Chapman, working for Young Arts, has his own reward, not only in the lovely mosaics the children have created, but in the pride in the children’s faces. Daphne McKerrell took on the Study Days at very short notice, but even then she didn’t expect the difficulties which confronted her, yet she won out every time. And to keep us all calm and happy, we had dear Liz Young, ready to catch before we fall. Laughter has been the keynote of our committee meetings, and it has been a constant pleasure to chair them. I thank all my committee with all my heart. And I also thank the man who refused to come to committee meetings but did so much for High Weald. He coped with Mailchimp, so that you all got the news, which saved a lot on postage, gathered lecture reports, managed the website, and single handedly organised those fabulous visits to Sicily and Crete, Oh, and then gave us an impromptu lecture when our speaker couldn’t come, with such success that he then gave us a special interest day, for free. No chairman ever had such support from her husband as I had. Thank you, Kenneth, from me and from all of us.
I wonder if you have ever imagined a meeting with no provision of coffee and biscuits before the lecture, a time when we can meet friends and chat. We all owe a tremendous debt to dear Anne Bramall, Ross and Elizabeth Johnston, and Jenny Newton. Thank you so much, all of you.And now try to imagine coming to a meeting with no chairs set out for you. Imagine having to sit on the floor, and even worse, trying to get up again! We have to thank Bruce Gear with his helper for this and also for setting up the screen and projector for our speakers.
And now it’s my turn to say goodbye – at least to my role as Chairman. I am really sad to relinquish it, because I’ve enjoyed these three years hugely and made so many friends through it. Thank you so much for all your kindness and support. I wish Jacqueline as much pleasure and reward as I have had.
End of Term Reports of Previous Chairmen
We are sad to record that this year we have lost two members who have been with us ever since this society was founded.
A few years ago we recorded the untimely death of Lady Anne Warren, one of our founders and first chairmen. Her husband, Sir Kenneth Warren MP, was subsequently fortunate enough on a cruise to find another kindred spirit though neither of them was seeking a partner. “Surprised by joy” as the poem has it, they spent a few happy years together until Ken died this year.
One of a closely knit family with many ramifications among our membership, Sandra Douglas was also one of the much loved earliest members and with her older husband Michael, one of our most regular attenders. Poor Michael, who had taken to attending the gym to keep up with his younger wife, is now utterly bereft and for Sandra’s sake deserves our kindest attention.
They will both be missed.