Friends of Guildford House reports

Chair's Newsletter


Summer 2019


 Barbara  Logan
 Hilary Leigh 

Dear Friends,

Our AGM was held in the Guildhell on May lst. Lady Harnilton, our Patron, was with us and refreshments were enjoyed in the Council Charnber followed by a most interesiing lecture 'The Borough Collection: 50 years of Art for All in Guildtord' by Catriona Wilson. Unfortunately the evening was not as well attended as usual.

Our Treasurer, John Surrey, announced that the friends had bought a new John Russell for the Borough collection  -  a pastel of a little girl with a squirrel. The picture had been put up for sale in Canada and viewed online and we were able to purchase  it. lt is a charming picture. Guildford Borough Council has the largest collection  of John Russell's pictures in the world.

Two committee members Pauline Surrey {Chairman) and Nancy Butcher retired. Nancy had served in various roles for many years. They were thanked for their much appreciated service to the Friends and were presented with flowers by Lady Harnilton. Three new members were
voted on to the csmrnittea - Ann Fearey, Carol Cox, and Gwyneth  Craske. The Chairrnanship will be held jointly by Barbara Logan  and l-lilary  Leigh.

Again members have enjoyed the lectures and visits arranged by Beryl Davies and Barbara Logan. The new lecture  programrne starts in September and co-ordinates with gallery exhibitions and visits. lt is an interesting and varied programme and we would encourage rnembers to bring friends.

Next year Friends of Guildford House will celebrate 50 years since its foundation by lris Hawkins, the then Curator at Guildford House. At the 2020 AGM on 22nd April we will celebrate our Anniversary and hope many members will be able to join this special evening. Please put the date in your diaries.

ln 2018 the Friends donated £500 to Challengers to help replace art equipmenl lost in the fire.

We look forward to meeting you at the lectures and outings.
Yours  sincerely,
Barbara and Hilary

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