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WFA donation to Manchester Art Gallery

WFA donation to Manchester Art Gallery

The City of Manchester Art Gallery is currently presenting a special exhibition entitled 'The Sensory War'. Its theme is how artists interpreted the effect on the human senses and psyche in the first industrial conflict of the First World War and the subsequent reaction of artists to other conflicts of the 20th Century.

The extensive exhibition in the main city centre gallery includes works by some of the most well-known artists of the Great War including Orpen, Nash, Nevison and Dix.

WFA Lancashire and Cheshire Branch made a donation to the event. Chairman Terry Jackson's wife Ann, as well as being a member of the WFA, is a volunteer guide at the Gallery. She has already taken the public on a specialised tour and will be doing the same for the Branch in November 2014.

Terry and Ann thought this could be an excellent opportunity for the WFA to support the exhibition. Following his suggestion to the WFA's National Executive Committee, it was agreed to make a donation of £300. A few days before the opening, Terry and Ann attended a photo shoot at the Gallery. Terry presented the cheque to Gwen Oakden, the Gallery's Development Officer.

The WFA's profile has been substantially enhanced by this gesture. The Association appears in the exhibition brochure as a benefactor and on the written notes on the wall at the entrance to the exhibition. It has also been possible to leave membership literature in the events racks near the main entrance. Terry and Ann were also invited to the preview and the WFA was thanked by the Director of Manchester City Galleries and the Whitworh Gallery, Dr. Maria Balshaw in her opening speech.

The exhibition is sure to be well attended and the Association's involvement will enhance our reputation for the future as we progress during the centenary period. The free exhibition continues until 22 February 2015 and it is strongly recommended you visit it if you get the opportunity.

Terry Jackson

Chairman WFA Lancashire and Cheshire

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 November 2014 14:48 )

 

Chairman stands down

Chairman stands down

At the annual lunch following the WFA's 11 November WFA Cenotaph and Guards Chapel events, Bruce Simpson announced that he was to stand down as Chairman of the WFA, effective from that day.

Bruce went on to say that many members knew that he had been recovering from personal difficulties but that he was well on the road to recovery. However, he said that after ten years as Chairman, he had given very careful consideration and felt it was time to stand down. He told those present that he felt that in those ten years the WFA was hugely improved and had many significant achievements. He said there were so many people that he wanted to thank but that in particular he praised the personal support he had received from Peter Simkins. Bruce offered the very best wishes to all on the Executive Committee and to the wider WFA membership. He added that he would remain a WFA member and would do anything to help the WFA.

Bruce was warmly thanked for all he had done over the past years.

Steve Oram

Hon Secretary

15 November 2014

Last Updated ( Sunday, 16 November 2014 16:31 )

Vacancy for WFA Branch Co-ordinator

Vacancy for WFA Branch Co-ordinator

Following the tragic loss of David Easton as WFA Branch Co-ordinator and Trustee, there is now a vacancy for that position.

The Executive Committee is able under the WFA Constitution to elect a replacement Trustee and the position would last until the conclusion of the 2015 AGM on 18 April. Whoever is elected by the Executive Committee could of course stand for re-election.

Would interested applicants please send details of their suitability, together with a proposer and seconder (both of whom must be WFA members) to Steve Oram, WFA Honorary Secretary, preferably by email on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by post to Spindleberry, Marlow Road, Bourne End, Bucks SL8 5NL.

The EC would like to fill this vacancy as soon as possible and so the deadline is for applications to be received by close of play on Friday, 12 December 2014.

Last Updated ( Monday, 10 November 2014 19:14 )

John and Heather Richardson to stand down from WFA duties

John and Heather Richardson to stand down from WFA duties

It's the end of an era as Membership Trustee John Richardson and his wife Heather have decided to stand down after very many years. John will be leaving at the end of November and Heather at the end of the following month.

They will be greatly missed having been in place for so long. The office had been for a long time one of our major assets. It was run with exact precision and both John and Heather have been for a long time the friendly face at the end of the WFA phone.

On behalf of everybody associated with the WFA, I would like to sincerely thank John and Heather for their sterling efforts over the years. They have been dedicated supporters of the WFA and this has been reflected in all their actions. They will be indeed a hard act to follow. Details of future arrangements will be issued in due course

Bob Paterson

Chairman

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 October 2014 21:55 )

WFA 2015 Spring Conference and AGM

WFA 2015 Spring Conference and AGM

The thirty-fourth WFA Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, 18 April 2015, commencing at 2.45 pm.

Full details will be issued by the Hon Secretary in due course.

At the AGM, before the formal business in the afternoon, we always aim to have, as our guests, eminent speakers presenting on a Great War subject.

In 2015 we are at: Peel Hall, Peel Building, Peel Park Campus, University of Salford, The Crescent, Salford, Manchester, M5 4WU.

http://www.salford.ac.uk/about-us/travel/campus-map

Outline for the day

9.30 am tea/coffee

10.15 am Welcome from Chairman

10.20 am 'Territorials in 1915' by Bill Michinson

11.10 am 'The Salford Pals' by Mike Stedman

12.00 noon lunch in next door Salford Museum Gallery

1.15 pm 'Railways in the Great War' by Rob Thompson

2.15 pm tea/coffee

2.45 pm President's remarks and AGM

4.30 pm finish and depart

 

If you wish to stand for election to a WFA Trustee position please download, complete and return the Trustee Nomination form (AGM 2015) by 20 January 2015.

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 October 2014 11:11 )


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