2019 Venice Reunion
2019 MSAA VENICE REUNION
We're very sorry to announce that we won't be proceeding with our planned 2019 Moseley School of Art Association Venice Reunion. Of those who were intending to join us, all but two (and we must apologise to them for the disappointment) have withdrawn. We heard about the latest cancellation last weekend.
As you'll know, we've visited Venice every year except one for the last 14 years, staying at the same hotel each time. We have had an excellent relationship with the management so it was very surprising to hear that the hotel has changed hands and the tariff has virtually doubled. Apart from this, the main reasons given by our friends are the low £ : Euro exchange rate, uncertainty re Brexit, EHIC health cards, customs, and the general increased cost compared with previous trips.
The biggest problem is, we're sure, Brexit and the unpredictable after-effects - there is just so much uncertainty. It seems that few Brits are going to Venice and other European destinations this year. This is why the airline FlyBe went into liquidation and travel experts are cautioning that other small airlines are likely to join them. Our airline has few bookings on our flight – it was nearly full by this time last year. Wendy has convinced me that it would be better for us, like most of the people we know, to holiday in the UK this year, so it's Pembrokeshire and the Lake District for us . . .
We'll be going to Venice again for sure . . . it's too beautiful not to, and it's become a second home for us. It's likely that we'll hire one of the large self catering apartments we know of in the same location as the Hotel Sant'Elena - ideal for getting some artwork done while we're there, and quite economical too.
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We are sad to announce that John Stevens, who attended our school between 1951-54 has passed away following a long period spent suffering from Parkinson's Disease. John was a very affable man and an enthusiastic member of the Moseley School of Art Association, being for many years the Association Rep for the leavers of 1954. We thank Brian Ashby, a friend and also a former pupil of John for letting us know.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR MEMBERS! PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE YOUR CURRENT EMAIL ADDRESS - Just drop us an email so that we can continue to keep in touch!
2019 Moseley School of Art Association Reunion & Exhibition We'll be sending out our New Year Newsletter to all of our subscribing members shortly with a number of updates, including details of our 2019 Moseley School of Art Association Reunion & Exhibitionon Sunday, 19th. May.
2019 MSA VENICE REUNION - A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
The date for our 2019 MSA Venice Reunion Party has now been fixed! Our dinner party will take place at La Sala Pompeiiana, Hotel Sant'Elena on the 2nd. July 2019.
The Jet2 Airlines Moseley Art Special will leave Birmingham Airport at 7am on the 1st. July, arriving at Venice Marco Polo at 10.30am. You can join us by arranging your own flight date, but those flying with us will be able to avoid all the guesswork and join us by arriving in style with a 40-minute trip across the famous lagoon by open air water taxi. The airline has flights on Mondays and Fridays, so you can personally tailor your length of trip to suit yourself.
Most of the people who joined us last time felt that they wanted to stay longer than just a few days to explore this fabulously atmospheric city - brimful of art treasures, wonderful architecture, magnificent food and of course the unique Grand Canal and its beautiful canal network. This really is a fabulous experience - most of those who've joined us have said they would like to join us again this year.
We'll be staying at the 4* Hotel Sant'Elena again and enjoying the consistently excellent standard we enjoy every year. More details about discounted rates later - please let us know by Emailing us as soon as possible if you're interested as the more that go, the better the deal we can negotiate at the hotel!
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About time . . .
FIFTEEN YEARS after our Association obtained a grant in principle for the owners from the Heritage Lottery Fund, some progress is at last being made.
Our thanks to Elaine Richards (Emery) for letting us have these photos taken last week.
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MICHAEL RICHARDSON FUNERAL
Michael's funeral took place at 11am on Monday, 16th. July at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Leach Green Lane, Rednal, Birmingham B45 9BQ . The service was followed by a service at Lodge Hill Cemetery and Crematorium, Weoley Park Rd, Birmingham B29 5AA.
The funeral was followed by a reception at Hill's Court Hotel, Rose Hill, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8RS to which former students of MSA were welcome.
The Church Service was attended by approximately 150 people, and the eulogy was given by Michael's daughter. Michael's family invited those who attended to accept packets of wild flower seeds which they hoped will be planted not only to beautify the countryside, but to assist the butterflies and bees.
Michael, who attended our school between 1946-49 passed away following his very long and incredibly brave fight with Leukaemia and associated complications, having previously won his battle with cancer.
Michael was a very committed member of the Association and was the Year Representative for the leavers of 1949. A very honourable and popular man, Michael was a highly talented painter and published author, exhibiting many of his excellent paintings (and winning many prizes) at our annual reunions and exhibitions.
We were all delighted to see Michael attend our Annual Reunion & Exhibition only a few weeks ago on the 20th. May despite having been very poorly and only recently having had a leg amputated due to an aggressive virus.
Michael is pictured here receiving his prize cheque from Paul Bartlett ('73) for his work 'Withybed Green'.
We offer our sincere condolences to Michael's widow, Anny and family. In the fifteen years since the Association was created, we've had many members who have epitomised the spirit of the Association, but none have characterised that spirit better than Michael, who will be greatly missed by our members.
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Compton Verney Visit Wednesday 11th. July:
For those lucky enough to be joining us on Wednesday at Compton Verney for a day out with former teacher Bob Ashby, please note the parking arrangements on arrival:
Please park at the main car park and walk up to the house - unless you have a 'disabled' badge in which case drive up over the bridge to the house, where there are a limited number of reserved parking spaces. There are occasional shuttle links from the car park to the house, and it's also possible to drop people off at the gallery before parking your car.
We'll meet in the cafe at 10.30 for coffee before enjoying our welcome at 11.15 and one-hour tour of the collection. This will be followed by lunch and access to the beautiful grounds.
We've asked for the weather to be fine and sunny, but didn't manage to convince FIFA that they should change the date of the England : Croatia match the same evening. As we'll be dispersing at around 4pm, however, everyone should be home in time for the kick-off! If you're concerned about potential access problems, please be reassured by looking at the link HERE
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SPECIAL DAY OUT WITH BOB ASHBY date announced - Wednesday 11th. July
We've now confirmed with the management of Compton Verney - our special day with Bob Ashby and his wife Joy at this fabulous historic manor house will be Wednesday 11th. July.
It's now time for all members who have expressed an interest to confirm their wish to attend and forward their payment to us - payment must reach us by the 25th. June as Compton Verney require full payment two weeks in advance of the date of our visit.
Your payment of £20 per person WILL INCLUDE PARKING, ENTRANCE, TOUR AND LUNCH. PLEASE CONTACT US BY EMAIL IN THE FIRST INSTANCE before making payment via this EMAIL LINK
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The 2018 Annual Reunion & Exhibition
Our members enjoyed a great day under a cloudless blue sky at our 16th Annual Reunion. Our numbers were reduced by the substantial number of confirmed attendees who chose to enjoy the beautiful weather elsewhere - but as usual everyone left tired and happy by the re-telling of memories of our special old school, its teachers and students. Among those who attended was first-timer Phillip Dutton-White ('66), who travelled specially from southern Spain.... We were also delighted to greet Dennis Green ('58) who arrived from Perth, Australia, Judi Wainwright ('66) from Northern Ireland and Marshall Jones ('66) from Holland. Many others from the four corners of the UK also travelled distances to be with their friends.
A new specially-made 25-minute DVD was shown by projector which contained hundreds of previously unseen photographs, some dating back to 1902. The video was enjoyed to the extent that many members watched it through several times. A huge roar of good-humoured 'boos' went up when a photograph of Miss 'Ma' Squires appeared. The video also covered many but not all of the famous former students who attended MSA.
We were delighted by the number who have stated that they will definitely be joining us for our Venice Reunion next year (June 2019).
A more detailed account of the meeting and exhibition - with images - will follow shortly.
Please also see the news item below - an invitation for members to join us for a super day out at Compton Verney with highly popular former teacher Bob Ashby.
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SPECIAL DAY OUT WITH BOB ASHBY - REQUEST FOR STATEMENTS OF INTEREST
As mentioned at our Annual Reunion last Sunday, our very popular former teacher Bob Ashby is now feeling a little too creaky to travel to our reunions and asked that his love and best wishes be passed on to everyone who attended.
Graeme had spoken to him the previous day and Bob was delighted with Graeme's suggestion of meeting up with any interested members at Compton Verney, near Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, close to where Bob lives. The idea was discussed at the Reunion, and seemed to be very well received.
A month's notice has to be given for group visits, so planning needs to be finalised quickly if we are to arrange the visit before the school holidays. PLEASE LET US KNOW (without obligation) BY SUNDAY 21st. May EVENING if you would be interested - a definite date hasn't been arranged yet but is likely to be either the 9th, 10th or 11th July.
COMPTON VERNEY is a beautiful, fully restored stately home filled with galleries of fine works of art, situated in lovely grounds and lakes. Easy access is provided throughout. Our visit will begin at 10.45am. There will be a welcome talk and guided tour arranged for our group, and lunch would be taken at 12.30 in the Adam Hall, followed by free time to explore the grounds or the gallery. There will be a discount for party members in the shop, and we will depart at 4pm.
COST: Approx £10 pp to include admission, free parking, welcome talk, tour of collection, access to grounds. Lunch available from menu selection including sandwiches, soup and full meals at reasonable prices (please see menu via link below) with a nice meal of the day costing £11.
TRANSPORT Individual or shared transport. If the numbers warrant it, a coach may be considered from a central Birmingham location at extra cost. Free parking.
ACCESS FOR DISABLED is provided throughout.
DRESS CODE: School uniform or smart casual
PAYMENT will be required in advance once the date has been decided.
WHAT TO DO NOW - if you're interested in what will be a super day out, please check whether you're available on the 9th, 10th and 11th July and let us know that you're interested (WITHOUT OBLIGATION) - either reply to this post, message us or email us AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
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ONLY 3 DAYS TO GO!
Final Call for the 2018 Annual Reunion, AGM and Exhibition
Just THREE DAYS to go to our 2018 Annual Reunion at the Kings Heath Cricket Club, Alcester Rd. South B14 6DT
Please ask all your ex-MSA friends to join us!
Our reunions are always well attended, and you'll receive a very warm welcome, regardless of the years you attended. Your husband, wife or partner will be welcome. Members are travelling from Australia, Spain, Ireland and other parts of Europe - let's make sure that as many as possible of their friends are there to meet them.
We're aiming to make this reunion special and the higher the attendance, the greater the enjoyment. Please sign up to our Update Notification (below) so that you don't miss out on news from our website - you can also LIKE us on Facebook.
As usual, there will be cash prizes of up to £200 for the works displayed which are, in the opinion of the judges, the best on the day. Please feel free to bring your own works - we'd love to see them and there are no fees to enter. Please make sure that any entries you bring haven't been exhibited with us before.
There are no categories, so you can bring whatever you want - paintings, drawings, sculptures, embroidery, calligraphy, ceramics, illustrations, prints, other crafts . . . we'd love to see what you've made.
Please remember to bring cards to show the name of the artist, the name of the work, and the price, if offered for sale.
You'll also need to bring the means to display your work - an easel, tabletop easel etc. There will be a limited number of tables available which will be reserved for three-dimensional works.
The last remaining copies of Professor John Swift's excellent "History of the Moseley School of Art" will be available at only £6 (one copy per person only)
Above all - PLEASE LET US KNOW if you're coming - we need your name and year of leaving MSA for your security badge - AND the name of anyone accompanying you!
See you there!
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