Latest News A message from our Chairman Dear member Arrangements under the covid-19 restrictions The committee of the society has been mulling over what we should do to try and keep the society running as there appears to be no end to various corona virus restrictions in the foreseeable future. We met recently over Zoom for a good discussion about this. Lectures You will all understand that we cannot arrange and publicise a lecture programme at present. The website for the Sue Townsend theatre indicates that the theatre is closed indefinitely. The theatre is run by Leicester College and is unlikely to reopen until the college resumes activities. When that comes about we shall need to satisfy ourselves as to the adequacy of social distancing measures put in place. This will include not only seating arrangements in the auditorium itself but also access and departure arrangements and toilet facilities. We need also to be aware of the social distancing measures imposed on the lecturers, most of who travel to Leicester by train from London, and frequently have a tube journey as well as a train journey. However it is our intention to restart the monthly lecture programme in September using an online facility called Zoom, which has become the go to app for group communication. Our programme secretary, Will Gilding, will be contacting those lecturers whose talks we have had to cancel since the start of the lockdown to ascertain whether or not they offer their lectures over Zoom. Lectures will be held as before at 7.30 pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month and we also hope to include an extra lecture in December (date to be confirmed). I will write again with details of the lectures and the Zoom link arrangements when I am able to do so. Of course it is entirely possible that we will need to continue Zoom lectures into the next year, but we are not in a position to make that decision right now. Excursions We are unable to arrange excursions and study days for the some social distancing arrangements outlined above. We cancelled the three day visit to Liverpool due to the difficulties we would have experienced with coach travel, group visits to the various venues, restricted meal arrangements in hotels etc. Subscriptions We have discussed at length the question of subscriptions for the current year to 30 September 2020 and for the year 2020-21. We felt unable to refund any part of the subscription for the present year. The cost per member based on a membership of 175 people is estimated to be £59 compared with a subscription of £46. The principal area of expenditure is of course the cost of the lecture programme, including the hire of the venue. The second area of expense is the capitation fee to the national society. The administration cost of running the society is a small amount which we have been able to reduce over recent years. Had we been able to function as normal it would have been our intention to seek an increase in the annual subscription to start to bridge this funding gap. For the next year commencing on 1 October we propose a reduced subscription of £40, as we recognise that we will not be able to resume full activities until the lockdown position becomes much clearer. We suggest that those members that currently pay their subscription by Standing Order do not go to the trouble of making a change just for this year. The Society undertakes to make a refund by bank transfer as soon as the subscription is received into our bank account. Annual meeting and annual accounts The normal annual meeting with the review of the year and the approval of the annual accounts will not be possible this year. We shall hold an annual meeting to comply with the constitution of the society, when we shall present the accounts and deal with the election of the committee etc. The notice of the annual meeting will be sent to members in the usual way but we shall ask you not to attend so that we may adhere to social distancing. Should there be any matter on which you would like some clarification please do not hesitate to contact me. The present restrictions mean that I am at home most of the time Yours sincerely Martin Martin Wragg Chairman Tel 0116 2414485 Email m2wragg@googlemail.com ooo000ooo Dates for your diary The Phoenix Cinema has closed now so the events below will not been shown. However I will leave them up on the site as some events are way into the future and hopefully things will be back to (near) normal then or rearranged. ooo000ooo Stoneywell, our local National Trust building. All National Trust properites are closed at the moment The National Trust has acquired Stoneywell - the Gimson house in Leicestershire. Go to the National Trust page for booking times and prices. Visits must be pre booked. The tour of the house is guided, the gardens are beautiful and the tea room is excellent! The house is small and the staircases are winding, it is an uphill walk to the house so it is not suitable for people with mobility problems. Gimson’s drawing of Stoneywell July 1898 Why save Stoneywell? Set in the Charnwood Forest, Stoneywell is the only remaining cottage of its kind in Leicestershire. It’s one of only a handful of notable Arts and Crafts houses in England. It will also be only the second National Trust property we have in the county. As well as the cottage, gardens, outbuildings and woodland, Stoneywell retains many of its original contents. There is also a significant archive which has a wealth of historical material. The history of Stoneywell Stoneywell, a Grade II* listed property, was designed in 1898 by the locally-born architect, designer and craftsman Ernest Gimson (1864-1919). Gimson was a well- known contributor to the Arts & Crafts Movement in England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with many connections to other key members of the movement including William Morris. Gimson designed the cottage for his elder brother Sydney and wife Jeanie, and Stoneywell has remained within the family ever since. The Gimson family Ernest Gimson’s father, Josiah and his brother Benjamin were also significant figures in Leicester during the 19th century when they set up the Gimson and Company factory in the city making heavy machinery. It was one of the largest employers in the city and prided itself on being a model employer in terms of wages and conditions of work. The firm cast the great beam engines which can still be seen at the Abbey Pumping Station and cast two bridges over the Grand Union Canal in Leicester. Below is an article written for us by a member, Douglas Smith, who used to live in a Gimson house in Leicester. Ernest Gimson 1864-1919 He was born in Leicester, the son of Josiah Gimson of the successful engineering firm. Early influences were Letherby, Ruskin and William Morris from lectures at the Secular Society. Gimson was articled to Isaac Barradale a local architect before he moved to London and was articled to J D Sedding in 1885. In 1887 he travelled to France and Italy but returned to England and worked on modest projects. White House, North Avenue, Leicester: 1897 a house Ernest Gimson designed for his brother Arthur is the best example of the two town houses. It has an ‘L shaped Plan‘ with the end gable ploughing into the Avenue like the bow of a ship. Stoneywell 1898 was built for Sidney A. Gimson. It is in my opinion the outstanding design of the cottages built in the Charnwood Forest. The great chimney is like a buttress and develops from the rocky outcrop as it grows out of the forest rock. The plan twists to follow the contours of the site. This is the fascination of the building with changing levels and interesting movement of space. Originally the cottage had a thatched roof which enabled the designer to use the fluid lines evolved from the plan. Gimson had too much respect for the past to to attempt to reproduce it. He believed each generation could, and should, make a contribution to a splendid tradition A plan of the ground floor of Stoneywell. The plan relates to the photograph. Click here to go to the top of the page
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The Arts Society Leicester
Latest News We will continue to monitor the situation with regard to the future lectures. Please keep checking back with this web site for the latest news A message from our Chairman Dear member Arrangements under the covid-19 restrictions The committee of the society has been mulling over what we should do to try and keep the society running as there appears to be no end to various corona virus restrictions in the foreseeable future. We met recently over Zoom for a good discussion about this. Lectures You will all understand that we cannot arrange and publicise a lecture programme at present. The website for the Sue Townsend theatre indicates that the theatre is closed indefinitely. The theatre is run by Leicester College and is unlikely to reopen until the college resumes activities. When that comes about we shall need to satisfy ourselves as to the adequacy of social distancing measures put in place. This will include not only seating arrangements in the auditorium itself but also access and departure arrangements and toilet facilities. We need also to be aware of the social distancing measures imposed on the lecturers, most of who travel to Leicester by train from London, and frequently have a tube journey as well as a train journey. However it is our intention to restart the monthly lecture programme in September using an online facility called Zoom, which has become the go to app for group communication. Our programme secretary, Will Gilding, will be contacting those lecturers whose talks we have had to cancel since the start of the lockdown to ascertain whether or not they offer their lectures over Zoom. Lectures will be held as before at 7.30 pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month and we also hope to include an extra lecture in December (date to be confirmed). I will write again with details of the lectures and the Zoom link arrangements when I am able to do so. Of course it is entirely possible that we will need to continue Zoom lectures into the next year, but we are not in a position to make that decision right now. Excursions We are unable to arrange excursions and study days for the some social distancing arrangements outlined above. We cancelled the three day visit to Liverpool due to the difficulties we would have experienced with coach travel, group visits to the various venues, restricted meal arrangements in hotels etc. Subscriptions We have discussed at length the question of subscriptions for the current year to 30 September 2020 and for the year 2020-21. We felt unable to refund any part of the subscription for the present year. The cost per member based on a membership of 175 people is estimated to be £59 compared with a subscription of £46. The principal area of expenditure is of course the cost of the lecture programme, including the hire of the venue. The second area of expense is the capitation fee to the national society. The administration cost of running the society is a small amount which we have been able to reduce over recent years. Had we been able to function as normal it would have been our intention to seek an increase in the annual subscription to start to bridge this funding gap. For the next year commencing on 1 October we propose a reduced subscription of £40, as we recognise that we will not be able to resume full activities until the lockdown position becomes much clearer. We suggest that those members that currently pay their subscription by Standing Order do not go to the trouble of making a change just for this year. The Society undertakes to make a refund by bank transfer as soon as the subscription is received into our bank account. Annual meeting and annual accounts The normal annual meeting with the review of the year and the approval of the annual accounts will not be possible this year. We shall hold an annual meeting to comply with the constitution of the society, when we shall present the accounts and deal with the election of the committee etc. The notice of the annual meeting will be sent to members in the usual way but we shall ask you not to attend so that we may adhere to social distancing. Should there be any matter on which you would like some clarification please do not hesitate to contact me. The present restrictions mean that I am at home most of the time Yours sincerely Martin Martin Wragg Chairman Tel 0116 2414485 Email m2wragg@googlemail.com
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