Friday 30 October
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
A visit to this independent gallery for four current exhibitions, particularly of neglected artist Barnett Freedman (1901-1958), who was, during the 1930s and 40s regarded as Britain’s most visible artist. His work was far-reaching and seen on London Underground and Lyons tea house posters, Shell adverts, book covers and even a stamp to mark George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935. This is the first exhibition of his art since his death, yet reviewers opine that he was a hugely talented artist who should be a household name. The exhibition ends on 1 November.
The Outings Group enjoyed a recent visit the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. After a while the darkening skies produced a torrential downpour, which luckily soon stopped and allowed us time to thoroughly explore.
It holds a glorious 8,000+ collection of plants from all over the world, used to facilitate teaching and research, and is a beautiful location with a series of landscapes through which to discover the drama of plant diversity.
It was founded in 1762 in the city centre, to grow plants to be used in the teaching of medical students at the university. In 1831 John Henslow, Professor of Botany, began work to move the garden to its present location. Designed to house a magnificent tree collection, his ideas on variation and the nature of species caught the attention of his protégée Charles Darwin.
October was an ideal time to witness the delightful autumn colours and visits at other times of the year would offer very different displays. Highly recommended.
The Singing for Fun Group met via Zoom this week and although it is still experimenting with the platform, it was a lot of fun.
Songs covered a wide range including the Skye Boat Song, These Boots Are Made For Walking, Strangers in the Night and Que Sera, Que Sera.
Happily there is always room to join this group when it meets via Zoom, so if you are looking for an occasional hour of singing along with others in the privacy of your own home, do contact Anne Heagney, the Convener, via the form on the Singing for Fun Group page.
The Quilting and Patchwork for Beginners Group has been having a go at foundation piecing. These are some of the eye catching results …
Walking the New River
Participant Kay of the Outings Group writes: “A huge thank you to Roslyn Byfield for a fabulous walk, showing me parts of London, I never knew existed. I had already walked a little of the New River, but I had no idea it was a waterway that stretched for some 25 miles! Roslyn led the walk magnificently, showing us a very interesting route, starting at Wood Green all the way to the wetlands at Woodberry Down Reservoir, which looked magnificent! We were very lucky to see many birds along the way and also the mechanical water dredger in operation, which was rather novel! It was wonderful to get out into the fresh air and at the same time, enjoy some great company. Just what the doctor ordered! We also managed to support a local cafe at the start of our walk, another of Roslyn’s suggestions, so thanks to Cafe Corso in Ringslade Road for all the lovely coffees!