23 April 2020April News Update
26 March 2020The 2020/21 Season Membership renewals
14 March 2020Coronavirus Postponements and possible cancellations
13 March 2020Sussex Area Special Interest Days 9th March & 20th April
21 February 2020Petworth House new community space for art workshops, studio intensives and talks.
07 December 2019West Sussex Music - Christmas Concert
19 June 2019Summer Social: Watts Gallery HAS BEEN CANCELLED
09 April 2018CASS Young Arts Project - End of Term Report Spring 2018
01 May 2017CASS Young Arts Project - End of Term Report - Spring 2017
24 February 2017Singleton Primary School have entered the 2017 National Chairman's Art competition.
14 February 2017New Heritage Volunteering opportunities at The Weald and Downland Museum were revealed at our February meeting.
31 January 2017May Holiday in the Netherlands has been cancelled
01 June 2016Our sponsored student at West Dean gains prestigious student placement with the Royal Collection Trust
21 May 2016Lavant Valley Heritage Volunteers 'Pass it on" project in the NADFAS Review
20 May 2016Heritage Volunteers - Letter of congratulation from Chief Executive Florian Schweizer
06 May 2016National Chairman's Art Competition winner Anna Douglas was presented with her prize at Singleton School's Assembly
01 May 2016CASS Sculpture Foundation special offer for members.
21 April 2016Singleton CE Primary School wins National NADFAS competition for Young Arts in 8-10 age range
24 February 2016 Singleton CE Primary School's entry to 2016 NADFAS Young Arts 'EDIBLES' competition
13 February 2016Invitation to become a Friend of West Dean College
31 January 2016Presentation of Church Record of St Mary Sennicotts
14 November 2015Win an original Maggi Hambling Painting
10 November 2015Change of Lecture for today
15 October 2015Singleton Primary school sponsorship featured in Chichester Observer
13 October 2015CFT Press cuttings project - Presentation immediately before our November lecture
21 April 2015Lavant Valley Spring Seminar on Tuesday 21st April 2015 from 11:30 to 13:45 at The Old Court Room (downstairs from the Assembly Room)
14 April 2015Chichester Church Recorders Report April 2015
09 February 2015Church Recorders display at our 10th February meeting
04 February 2015Booking Form now available for 2015 Summer Social 12th June.
15 January 2015Certificate of congratulations received by Chichester Combined Church Recorders
03 January 2015CFT Press Cuttings Project 2015 - Lunch in the Green Room on 12th January
01 January 2015Booking Form for the Goodwood House Special Interest Event on 6th July is now available in the DOCUMENTS section on the 'About Us' page of this website.
11 November 2014Inspired by the Cathedral: An Exhibition by Lavant CE Primary School in Chichester Cathedral's North Transept until 20th November 2014
23 October 2014Visit to Hampton Court Palace and Ham House
02 July 2014Summer Social at The Cass Sculpture Foundation Goodwood
15 June 2014Presentation of the Record of St Mary the Virgin Apuldram
28 May 2014Flower Festival Chichester Cathedral. Lavant Valley DFAS talent on display.
13 May 2014List of houses and gardens in Bordeaux covered in Helen McCabe's lecture
07 May 2014Church Recording News The Church of St Mary the Virgin Apuldram
01 May 2014Chichester Festival Theatre Press Cuttings Project Blog.
23 April 2014Visit to Strawberry Hill House organised by Mary Whettem
14 April 2014Chichester Festival Theatre Press Cuttings Project
04 November 2013Chichester Festival Theatre Press Cuttings Project

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April News Update
Thursday 23 April 2020


Dear members,

In these very difficult times, I do hope that you are keeping well and have not been affected by the dreadful corona virus. Your Committee join me in wishing you all the very best of health.

The purpose of this letter is, first, to keep you informed on access to certain arts websites which may be of interest to you in this period of lockdown and second to advise you of how we plan to go forward for ASLV.

If you have not seen this already, the national Arts Society has launched on its website some very informative material. They are also streaming lectures regularly for you to watch. You can access these at

Another useful site, showing a variety of other arts links, is at  One of our lecturers, Sian Walters, is giving a weekly on-line lecture on Mondays at 9.30am. Go to (You don’t need a Facebook account).

As to where ASLV goes from here, the picture is of course still very uncertain. You know that we had to cancel the remainder of this season’s lecture programme. Because of uncertainty at Goodwood as to when the House may reopen, I am afraid that we also have to cancel the Summer Social on 27th July. These cancellations left us with out-of-pocket expenses, so I am afraid a refund is not possible, but I am sure you will agree our membership fee represents very good value anyway.

But, on a happier note, we have already planned and – where possible - booked an exciting programme of lectures, visits etc for our next season. Please see the schedule at the end of this Update. Also, we have planned a Christmas Party on 2nd December – in the hopes it will get us back in the mood.

Normally our first lecture of the new season would be on 13th October 2020, along with our Annual General Meeting. At this time we intend to maintain our planned schedule. We will keep this under constant review, mindful of Government rulings and members’ health. We will be updating members on our plans as the situation develops.

This year we are going to postpone membership renewal and renewal will be dealt with by post at a later date. You will receive a letter and a request for payment by cheque or BACS.  The full programme and AGM papers will follow. (If you have moved house recently, please advise our Membership Secretary of your new address by email as below). Your ASLV membership will continue until the revised renewal date and the Society’s Officers will continue in post until the AGM can be re-arranged.

We are delaying membership renewal this year partly to allow us to take account of the virus situation rather nearer to October and partly to decide on what should be next season’s subscription amount, should the season have to start later or be curtailed.

The continued financial health – indeed existence - of your Society rests very much on you renewing your membership, as membership subscriptions form our main source of income. Unlike other local Arts Societies, we do not have a large waiting list; any significant fall in our membership numbers will necessarily result in a reduction in our programme, at the least. So we would urge you please to renew your membership at whatever level is decided. By taking this approach to the uncertainties we face, we will try and ensure that the benefits you receive match the amount you pay.

Our future Updates for members will be by email and shown on our website. The difficulty of organising postal mailings in the lock down - and the costs - are now such that we have to use Royal Mail sparingly. If you have received this April Update through the post and have not previously given us your email address please do so now by emailing our Membership Secretary at

I would ask you please to bear with us in these uncertain times. Please rest assured that the Committee is still meeting – thanks to internet technology – and working to keep in touch with you and bring you as full a programme for the new season as circumstances permit.

Our best wishes to you all.

Ian Farman – Chairman.

Outline 2020/2021 Programme


13th October 2020 “Oscar Wilde Up Close” – Giles Ramsey.

10th November “Rosalba Carriera: Great Venetian Painter” – Lucrezia Walker.

8th December “Raphael: A Master in the Making” – Sian Walters.

8th January 2021 “The Art & Life of Augustus John” – David Haycock.

9th February “Gold in Japanese Art” – Meri Arichi.

9th March “The Many Faces of William Morris” – Joanna Banham.

13th April “Peggy Guggenheim” – Alexandra Epps.

11th May “Painting the Modern Garden from Monet to Matisse” – Lydia Bauman.

8th June “Magnificent Mosaics: Windows into the colourful Roman World”.

Visits etc. Because many places are currently closed, it is difficult to give exact dates at present, but we are booking visits to:- 

the Royal Pavilion, Brighton (Winter 2020/2021);

the Wallace Collection in London in February 2021;

Salisbury and Wilton House (Spring 2021);

Knole House (re-scheduled with priority for previous bookings, Spring/Summer 2021) and

the Lily Garden Festival at Sheffield Park Gardens (June/July 2021).


We are also re-scheduling the postponed Special Interest Day “450 Years of Theatre” to Winter 2020/2021, again with priority for those previously booked.

We are planning an evening Christmas Party – drinks, canapes and music – at Chichester College on 2nd December 2020.