• The Arts Society Samlesbury


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On behalf of the Committee and myself we hope that you and all your family and friends are well and coping as well as can be expected in these difficult times.
Although we cannot meet, the Committee has been working behind the scenes, and I would like to share with you some of the plans for the future.
Firstly we need to hold an Annual General Meeting, but as the current Stay at Home Measures prohibit gatherings of more than six people, Members are not permitted to attend the AGM in person. Therefore, we give notice that the postponed Annual General Meeting of The Arts Society Samlesbury will be taking place on line on Wednesday 22 July 2020.

The AGM Agenda & Report 2019 will be sent out to Members before the end of this month. We want to ensure that all Members are able to participate by appointing a proxy (the Chair) and by submitting questions, if you wish.

Details of how to appoint your proxy, how to exercise your vote and how to ask questions of the Committee will be contained in the AGM Agenda & Report. 
Regarding autumn lectures, it is unlikely that the position regarding indoor meetings will be clarified soon. Consequently we have had to take the decision to cancel the September and October lectures held at the Samlesbury Hotel.
However working with our Lecturers and The Arts Society, London we will be offering on-line lectures for these months.  Details of these and how you will be able to access them will be issued as soon as they are finalised. 
We give notice that our Treasurer, Miss Marie-Christine Whalley will retire at the end of the Financial year, 31 December 2020 having served 4 years in post.  It is imperative that we find a willing and suitable replacement.  Anyone interested in taking up this rewarding and interesting position on the Committee should contact the Chair at samlesbury@theartssociety.org


On behalf of the Committee I hope that you are all keeping safe, well and are coping during these difficult days when our normal routines are so disrupted.  If you have any ideas or links that you would like to share with us, please get in touch.

Even though our May & June lectures are cancelled, we’d like to bring your attention to a new platform called The Arts Society Connected launched by The Arts Society with the aim of keeping all members connected during these times. You should have received an email regarding this new service with a direct link, but if not please click the link here. Connected

If the link doesn’t work, please go onto The Arts Society’s main webpage, open up Menu and click on Connected, where you will find Lectures at Home. 

On the Connected page, scroll down to the Instagram images and hover over each one, where you will find descriptions along with links to various galleries and museums. On this page you can sign up for regular e-newsletters.

We are extremely grateful to The Arts Society Glaven Valley who have allowed access to the Art Bites being posted weekly onto their website by their President, Mary Alexander. 

Mary is an art historian and accredited lecturer for the Arts Society and has provided a short nugget of information about a different subject on a weekly basis.  Mary is scheduled to give a lecture to us on Raoul Dufy, once lectures recommence.

Click on the link below to access the Art Bites currently posted nos. 1 to 5.

Glaven Valley Art Bites

We hope that both the Lectures at Home and Art Bites will encourage you to visit the various websites and that they will inspire and cheer you in equal measure until we can recommence The Arts Society Samlesbury programme of lectures.

With very best wishes from all the Committee.

Mrs Pat Darling