14 August 2021

  The Arts Society Sherborne

 A message from Nicole Lyscom on behalf of the Committee

Dear Members of The Arts Society Sherborne

We are delighted to announce that lectures will resume in the hall on Wednesday 1st September. As before we will have presentations starting at 3pm and at 7pm. Visitors will be welcome. Unfortunately there will be no recording.

For those shielding we will offer a hybrid lecture on Zoom. The session will open at 6:45pm for a 7pm start. Participants will be asked to request a link.

Our next lecture will be Passionate Potters: de Morgan to Leach presented by Julian Richards.

This lecture explores the lives of these truly passionate potters and celebrates their extraordinary and beautiful creations. William de Morgan, the Martin brothers, Sir Edmund Elton and finally, Bernard Leach, created a legacy that is still alive today. I will send more details later.


Please take time to explore our very attractive new website which presents information about our lecture programme up until December 2022, as well as past and forthcoming Study Days and Visits. It also provides TASS news, details about membership, and useful links.


Some of you have asked about membership renewal. Your current membership lasts until the end of  2021. From October this year you will be able to re-join using the website (which we find preferable), but payments can be made by other means (more details later). Future Membership Cards will be credit card size and have a barcode for ease of registration at meetings.


In recognition of the loyalty of our members through a very difficult period in which the Society’s activities have been severely constrained, members will be invited to renew for 2022 at an unchanged rate of  £40 per annum for single membership or £70 for joint members. This represents a discount of £10 per person on the full subscription rate for 2022.


Dates for your Diary:

Wednesday 1st September: Monthly lecture. Passionate Potters: de Morgan to Leach presented by Julian Richards.

Wednesday 29th September: Study Day by Sally Dormer on Pomp and Piety (see website)

Thursday 18 November: Study Day on Painting in Britain 1850-1914 to be presented by Julian Halsby (see website)

Late October or early November: Outing to see Eric Ravilious, Downland Man, a ground-breaking exhibition at The Wiltshire Museum at Devizes. (More details later)

Friday 1st December: AGM (More details later)

Wednesday 15th December: Christmas Dinner at the Grange. (More details later)


Without a doubt, the past 18 months have been difficult for all of us. We hope this programme provides plenty to look forward to and will enable us to move on to something resembling normality.


Best wishes


Nicole Lyscom

(On behalf of the Committee)


19 October 2020



Following on from our brilliant lecture on 14th October, our lecturer Brian MacDonald is kindly offering a signed copy of his Coffee Table book “TRIBAL RUGS – TREASURES from the BLACK TENT” to our members for a reduced price of £40 + £5 Postage.


Please email or call him if you wish to purchase at: brianmacdonaldrugs@gmail.com 

Telephone: 01451 824447.


9 September 2020

Annual General Meeting of The Arts Society Sherborne

The AGM took place on Zoom on 9 September 2020 with Nicole Lyscom in the Chair and with 25 Members “present”.

The Officers and Committee were elected and can be seen on the “Our Team” page of this website.

Changes to the Constitution and Rules of the Society, which had previously been circulated to all members were passed by the necessary two-thirds majority of those voting by a show of hands.

The revised constitution can be viewed by clicking on the link.

The revised Constitution and Rules result in several changes to key dates in the Society’s year:

  • the 2020-2021 financial reporting period will run from 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2021;
  • from 2021-2022 the financial reporting period will run from 1 October to 30 September annually;
  •  from 2021 the Annual General Meeting will normally take place in December;
  • memberships will be due for renewal on 31 December annually.

24 August 2020

Our appeal for photographs of Sherborne


We received 41 entries. These were reduced to a shortlist of 5 and a final selection made by the committee, except for committee members who had themselves submitted images


The shortlisted entries follow

Winner – The Moon in the Abbey – Kate Harris

Runner up – Rooftops and Abbey – Joan Biles

View from the Tower – Carolyn Cawood

Abbey fan vaulting – Mary Jacobsen

Abbey Windows and vaulting – Mary Jacobsen