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Programme for 2021‑22

Programme Secretary
Liz Trickett / Jacqui Camfield

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March 24th - 2pm

Timothy Walker in the garden

Zoom lecture - The Subtle Science and Art of Colour in English Garden Design

We discovered why gardening can rank as fine art.  A former director of Oxford University’s Botanic Garden, our speaker says ‘Gardens are places where science and art meet on equal terms’.

April 14th (Wednesday)


Outing:  The Tulip Festival at Arundel Castle


April 28th - 2pm

ornate station clock

Zoom lecture - Great Railway Stations

A welcome return of our speaker to describe a journey round glorious stations in the UK and abroad, some immortalised in art.

May 26th - 2pm

Beethoven with music score

Zoom lecture - The Genius of Beethoven

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.  We learned more about the subtlety of his music from our celebrated speaker.

May 27th (Thursday)


Outing:  Leonardslee Gardens, Horsham


June 7th (Monday)

Sculpture in garden

Outing:  A return visit to Champs Hill Coldwaltham

Report and photos

June 23rd - 2pm

Henry Moore reclining figure

Zoom lecture - Modern British Sculpture

Anna showed us why British Sculptors during the 20th Century pioneered sculpture throughout the world.

June 25th (Friday) to 30th (Wednesday)

Lindisfarne Castle

Group Holiday:  Northumbrian Highlights


July 15th (Thursday)

RMS Titanic

Outing:  SeaCity Museum and the Tudor House, Southampton


July 28th - 2pm

New Dawn installation

Zoom lecture - "New Dawn" in the Houses of Parliament

Mary is a local artist and she gave a moving account of how she worked on a National Project, to create the first piece of conceptual art to be installed in the Palace of Westminster.

August 4th (Wednesday)

Wisley Hilltop

Outing:  The new Hilltop Centre at RHS Wisley Gardens


September 9th (Thursday)

Buckingham Palace Gardens

Outing:  Buckingham Palace Gardens


September 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm

boats on canal

Canal History and Heritage

The network of British canals and the lives and traditions associated with them.

This marked our return to live presentations at the Cranleigh Arts Centre.

October 4th (Monday) to 8th (Friday)


Group Holiday:  North Wales


October 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm

grapes stirred in barrel

A Brief Story of Wine

There is rich evidence going back 7,000 years of wine being around as witnessed in art, vessels, buildings and literature.

November 13th (Saturday)

piano interior

Special Interest Morning:  Leokadiya Kashperova and Stravinsky - cancelled - speaker indisposed

November 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Sphinx and pyramids by David Roberts

Change of programme  Revealing the Splendours of Egypt: David Roberts, Artist Extraordinary

David Roberts was one of the most celebrated artists in Victorian England who saw and recorded today's classical monuments in the state they had been left for many centuries.  They are quite amazing.

December 8th (Wednesday)

Dickensian Christmas

Christmas Dinner at Cranleigh Golf & Country Club


December 14th (Tuesday)

illuminated botanic garden - geograph 992836

Outing:  Wisley Glow



January 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm

opened fan

Treasures of the Fan Museum

This museum in Greenwich is the only one dedicated to fans.  They start early in 11thC.  There are rarities both from UK and abroad.  Fans have a language and significance.

February 8th (Tuesday)

Pallant House Gallery Chichester

Outing:  Pallant House Gallery Chichester

for the exhibition "Hockney to Himid: 60 Years of British Printmaking"


February 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm

The Peasant and the Birdnester

Bruegel, the Seasons and the World

In 1565, Pieter Bruegel the Elder was commissioned to create a series of paintings for a dining room in Antwerp ...

The AGM preceded the evening talk