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Friday, 24th November 2017
“Who do the English think they are?”
Talk by Derek Taylor
Upcoming theatre trip in March 2018.
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I hope everyone will join us to thank Rachel and Nigel for the Civic Society’s Autumn Lunch on 22nd November at Wyck Hill House Hotel. These functions are not easy to achieve but they organised such a great meal in such a smooth way with every detail well thought out. Thank you!
The icing on the cake was having the local Broadway artist Jeremy Houghton to talk after our lunch about his career and success in the world of art from his first employment teaching in a mixed school in Cape Town, South Africa, to where he is today. We heard some interesting details about how he started painting and many fascinating stories about some of his Artist Residencies which have included Windsor Castle, Highgrove, the 2012 London Olympics, the Goodwood Estate and more recently his appointment as Artist in Residence for the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing America’s Cup team. We will all be interested to see the outcome of this competition in Bermuda later this year. I think we were all amused to think of The Queen sitting at her breakfast table amongst the tea and cornflakes admiring the picture Jeremy had left with her of one of her beloved fell ponies.
Rachel had invited Jeremy to bring with him some of his paintings and we were able to see a dozen or so of his works displayed around our lovely Banqueting Room. He brought canvasses of his sporting work together with the very colourful items which were created from his memories and time spent in South Africa – and when I now see pink flamingos I will always think of him and be carried away into a beautiful land!
I think we will all be looking forward to the Society’s next Autumn Lunch!
Jeremy was asked about his next Residency and he rather vaguely had to say he hoped it might concern a South West area of London during a certain fortnight in July. We can now confirm it’s just recently been announced he will be the Official Artist for the 2017 Wimbledon Championships. Many congratulations to Jeremy!