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    December 2019    Volunteers Christmas Lunch

    A record turnout of sixty people attended this year's Christmas lunch at the White Hart Hotel in Salisbury, a group made up of house staff, volunteers and Friends members.

    The room looked lovely, the food was very good and efficiently served and the White Hart  team couldn't have been more helpful and friendly.   Feedback about every aspect of the event has been positive.   It was a really lovely, friendly afternoon with everyone in a happy festive mood.

    A provisional booking has already been made for Wednesday 9th December 2020!



    October 2019  Visit to Mottisfont Abbey


                       Artist: Henry Inlander 1953                                   Bust of Derek Hill by Angela Conner 1996     

                                                                                                                  John with Speckled Swan Gourd

    The Friends of Arundells were given a conducted tour of the current Derek Hill exhibition at the property.  We were conducted around by Dr. Louise Govier the curator, who is also the General Manager of the property.   She was most knowledgeable and informative, and we learnt a lot about the artist and other artists that he collaborated with.   Derek Hill was a great friend of the last owner of Mottisfont Maude Russell, before the property was gifted to the National Trust.   When he died in the year 2000 he bequeathed a substantial part of his art collection to the property.
    Artists represented include Augustus and Gwen John, Walter Sickert, Edgar Degas, John Piper, L.S. Lowry, Sir Edwin Landseer, Barbara Hepworth, among others.   We have works in the Arundells collection by a number of these artists.   There was an interesting portrait of Derek Hill which was painted in 1953 by the artist Henry Inlander, which perhaps was the highlight of the exhibition.
    We also learnt more about the relationship between Derek Hill and Sir Edward Heath, and apparently both held the other in high esteem.   Our painting in the study at Arundells by Derek Hill is regarded as one of his finest works, and we were told that his is the only work by the artist that has been accepted into the National Portrait gallery in London, (our picture in the house is a very good copy).
    Later in our visit we explored the gardens, they are very fine and particularly renowned for the rose collection in the summer.   The Autumn colour with the trees was splendid, and in the kitchen garden they had grown some unusual pumpkins, squashes and gourds which were most attractive.   All in all it was a very interesting visit.

    John Hallett                                                                            

    September 2019  Picnic in the Gardens of Arundells

    25 Friends and Volunteers and their guests attended a picnic in the beautiful
    gardens at Arundells.   The marquee was available in case it rained.   Ivan kindly donated tea and coffee and there was also cake available to purchase.   With the money from the cake sales, raffle and silent auction and three donations the picnic raised £190.13 which will go towards the purchase of a second bench for the garden.

    Special thanks to Tricia for all her hard work on the day.

    August 2019   Visit to Alan and Jackie's House

    Alan and Jackie invited a group of volunteers to visit their home to view the extensive collection of artwork and artefacts which they have on display followed by some tea and nibbles.
    15 volunteers came along which was a comfortable number.  Alan and Jackie were excellent hosts and their house is quite remarkable.  Alan served us with a lovely glass of prosecco and then gave an introductory talk and then we were free to wander at will around the house.  Malcolm Green couldn't resist playing their beautiful piano, but that didn't detract too much from our enjoyment!!
    At the end of the visit Bob passed around "requesting" voluntary donations of £5, so we expected £75 but quietly hoped for £100.   The final tally was £145 so we were delighted.  Two thirds of the way to a second bench for the garden!
    Plenty of positive comment on the visit but I think that the sum raised says it all.
    Grateful thanks to Alan and Jackie for hosting it, and to Bob for help on the day.

    July 2019    Visit to Poole Museum

    At the request of The Friends, Arundells curator Wendy Read organised a visit to Poole Museum for volunteers to see her in her other role at the museum.
    A group of thirteen made their way there and met up in the splendid rooftop cafe for a coffee and a chat before the arrival of Michael Spender, Museum and Arts Manager, who gave a short talk about the museum before taking the group to each of the three floors of the museum and explaining the layout  and regaling us with some stories about the various artefacts.   Some free time to wander at will followed with time to see the current art exhibition featuring the works of Henry Lamb and other areas of this fascinating place. 
    A  definite recommend and a very successful visit.





    December 2018   Volunteers Christmas Lunch get together

    A group of 55 Arundells stalwarts got together at the Rose and Crown Hotel, Harnham on December 6th for what turned out to be a very successful and enjoyable afternoon of socialising, eating and drinking.  Meeting in the bar, the conversation created quite a buzz and got everyone in a party spirit.  We moved through to our beautiful private dining room, overlooking the river, with a flock of sheep in the field opposite, and the Cathedral in the background, it was a beautiful scene.

    Following a few words of introduction from organiser Gerald Gibson our three course meal was served by the efficient hotel team.  A planned pause before the final course allowed Trustee Gordon MacDougall to say a few words in praise of the volunteers and to update us on plans for the future, all much appreciated.

    Overall a lovely afternoon, and judging by the feedback from those attending, a very successful one.   A provisional booking has been made for 5th December 2019 to do it all again.





    July 2018    Evening Sail on a traditional Thames Sailing Barge

    On Thursday 5th July nine intrepid Arundells volunteers set sail on an evening adventure on the Solent aboard a Thames Sailing Barge called "Alice".
    We all arrived promptly at Gunwharf Quays Portsmouth at 5pm to board the vessel for a scheduled departure at 5.30pm , we all went below to hear some of the history of the vessel and to hear of the dangerous places not go whilst on board.
    The Barge was well equipped for extended trips with two cabins for sleeping in, a large cabin for eating etc. a small well equipped galley, toilets and crew accommodation, an ideal vintage vessel for a long cruise.
    We left Gunwharf  Quay at 5.30pm getting out on the engine, once out of the confines of the harbour we set sail and had a leisurely sail towards Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Richard Lord was at the helm for most of the outward part of the journey, with a few tips from our host, Alan Gick.
    As we approached Ryde we came about and changed tack to the opposite side and began the journey back.   The sail back was a lot faster as we were on a partial run and the breeze had strengthened.   We sailed back towards Portsmouth.   Having come into wind to get the sails down, we came into the harbour just as the sun was setting.
    After saying our goodbyes to the crew and 'Wilson' the dog which had adopted Tricia as its best friend, we set off to find a suitable restaurant.   Five of us settled on the 'Cafe Rouge' on recommendation from Alan, although it is part of a chain we had a very satisfying meal.

    Ron Carter





    June 2018    Visit to Clare Lallows Boatyard and tour of the Royal Yacht Squadron Isle of                           Wight

    The day dawned wet and windy, and by 10.30 am the eight Friends/Volunteers had gathered at the Red Jet Terminal in Southampton, ready for their nautical day of adventure.
    After a 25 minute smooth crossing, the party disembarked and walked up Cowes High Street and onto the Clare Lallow yard in Medina Road.  We were met by Laurie Boarer, the Proprietor, and his wife Pat, who helps him run the Business.   This is a very traditional and historical English Yard, specialising in the repairs and renovations of wooden yachts and motorboats.  "Opposition" (ex Morning Cloud No.,2.), having wintered undercover in the yard, was in the process of being got ready for her launch.
    Laurie took us round his premises which are considerable, including a fuelling pontoon, and pointed out a variety of different projects they were involved with.  This included making part of a huge wooden sign for a major Transport Company.  It was very clear that the general business is something of a labour of love for Laurie, and Pat lets him run it in his own way, helping where she can.   The metalwork shop, woodstore, GRP shop, rigging shop, all full of equipment and old machinery, added to the fascination of the place.
    By now the sun had come out and the temperature started top climb quite rapidly.   It was soon time to leave, and we made for the Fountain Bar and Restaurant back down the High Street for lunch.
    It was time to move again, and following a short walk along the sea front we arrived at the Castle of the Royal Yacht Sqaudron, on schedule at 14.30 hours.   We were met by a charming Italian Duty Steward called "Biagio", who went into great detail about the history of the RYQ, before giving us a conducted tour of the various rooms, including the Entrance Hall, Library, where we saw a copy of Sir Edward's book on Sailing, the Members dining room, full of glittering silver trophies, the Ladies dining room and lounge, the Pavillion, and finally a day room overlooking the Solent where we were served with tea and cakes, before departing for the ferry terminal to catch the 16.45 boat back to Southampton.
    It had been an interesting day, with the opportunity of seeing two very different premises, each a unique venue.   The weather was perfect right up till the end, and the party finally dispersed around 17.30.






    December 2017   Volunteers Christmas Luncheon

    A group of 36 volunteers and some partners got together at the Rose and Crown Hotel in Harnham, Salisbury for a Christmas lunch and social get together.

    Assembling in the bar area, the chat got under way as volunteers met up with colleagues and names were put to faces with some volunteers bringing their significant others with them.

    Lunch was served in the Orangery restaurant with beautiful views across the hotel gardens and the passing River Avon.   There was a good choice of dishes on the menu and the option of two or three course meals.  The service and food were both very good and not one single complaint or grouse was received so I think that we may be back next year given the very positive feedback from those who attended.

    At the end of the meal Trustee Gordon MacDougall gave a vote of thanks to volunteers on behalf of the Trustees and read out special messages from Chair David (Lord) Hunt and Lincoln Seligman, one of Sir Edward's many godchildren.

    The Rose and Crown did very well for us and the special party balloons on the tables provided some lighthearted amusement throughout the afternoon.  A hardy few stayed on at the bar to down a seasonal malt whisky, no names obviously.....