Grayson Perry: 'The Agony in the Car Park'
(detail) from the exhibition
Vanity of Small Differences

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THURSDAY15 MAY 2014, LEAVING LINTON VILLAGE HALL 8.30am

BARLASTON, STOKE-ON-TRENT ST12 9ER
Our main visit this year combines an opportunity to see how the world-famous Wedgwood pottery is made with a visit to a museum that owns one of the most interesting ceramic collections in the world and tells the story of Josiah Wedgwood, his family, and the company he founded two-and-a-half centuries ago.

The coach will leave Linton Village Hall at 8.30am, arriving at the Wedgwood factory, set in acres of parkland, at 11.00am. A shuttle, taking groups of up to 15 people at a time, leaves every 15 minutes for the Factory Tour that lasts about 45 minutes and includes pottery being made and painted.

Members will also have the opportunity to visit the fascinating Museum, the Visitor Centre where you can watch and talk to potters and ceramic artists at work and even, for an additional cost, try your hand at the potter’s art.

Lunch (not included in the price) can be taken at the excellent restaurant or you can bring your own to enjoy in the outdoor seating and picnic area. There are also two large retail outlets for ‘firsts’ and ‘seconds’.

There is more than enough to do in the 4½ hours we plan to be at Wedgwood.  Our coach will leave at 3.30pm and we will arrive back at Linton at 6.00pm.

The outing costs £27.00 per person.  This includes coach travel, on-coach refreshments, entry to the Museum and Factory Tour.

PRINT OUT THE WEDGWOOD BOOKING FORM, ACCESSED HERE, COMPLETE AND POST WITH YOUR CHEQUE TO MRS MARY BARNETT.


REPORT AND PICTURES BY COLIN GRIFITHS


On Thursday 12th August 2013 about 30 members of the Society visited the auctioneers Tennants of Leyburn. A warm welcome was given by Adam Wasdell, one of their specialist advisors, and morning coffee was followed by a fascinating talk by Adam on long-case clocks and collectable watches.

A short interlude, given by consultant Dianne Sinnot on ‘Mouseman’ chairs and a Burmantofts pottery item, added to the interest of a really enjoyable morning. It was followed by a delightful lunch served in the very pleasant surroundings of Tennants’ own restaurant. After lunch, the members returned to the Sales Rooms where Adam did much to demystify the processes of buying and selling at auction using Tennants services. Members then had the opportunity to view the lots that were to be offered at the forthcoming Saturday general sale.

The event was a huge success and may set a precedent for future seasons’ activities. Chairman Mary Barnett speaking later said that the feedback from members had all been extremely positive, and hoped it would set the tone for the forthcoming season of talks.

Special Events 2014-2015

THURSDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2014 AT 10.30AM

£15.00 per person, including lunch

Following last year’s successful pre-season outing to Tennants Auction House, the Committee has decided this year we will visit Temple Newsam House in Leeds. This Tudor-Jacobean mansion is one of the most celebrated historic houses in the country.  It has an outstanding collection of decorative and fine arts, Chippendale furniture, silverware and beautiful interior design.
There are forty rooms to explore but we shall be given a guided tour round parts of the house led by the recently-retired Curator of the House, James Lomax, known to many of us for his outstanding talks at our meetings.
As the venue is close at hand, we will travel independently and meet outside the entrance door at 10.25am.  The tour will commence at 10.30am.  After the tour, lunch will be served in the House.
After lunch we will be free to explore further in the House, should we wish to do so.  There will be a special exhibition by the well-known British artist Grayson Perry.  This exhibition of large and colourful tapestries is well worth your time. It has been touring the country for the past year and this is the last chance to see it prior to the exhibition going abroad.