AHA Committee thank all Members for joining us during 2019, and please note we will not be reconvening until 2020. Information regarding 2020 will be issued later this year.
However, the additional attraction of the many different types of models, all exquisitely built, included ships in just about every form imaginable. There were remote tanks which staged a reproduction of a well known battle shortly after the D-Day landings, and a huge variety of steam engine applications. This was certainly not just a day for steam enthusiasts, because there was something to suit all tastes. Conclusively the opinion was definitely a day to be remembered and a timely reminder of just how important steam was to the Industrial Revolution.
After a gentle day strolling around the attractions, some of us stopped off for an early dinner giving us another opportunity to reminisce before arriving home.
Ron Bryan & Rosemary Crumplin
In July a group of A-HA Members visited the Ancient Technology Centre at Cranborne, Dorset. A weekend visit was chosen as the Centre was holding open days, focusing on the Dark Ages.
Exhibits included several demonstrations of ancient crafts. Among them was an Alchemist using minerals, salts and plants to produce medicines, poultices and ointments. In addition, there was a Smith (Blacksmith) skilled in making swords using ancient techniques, plus a Bowyer making bows and between the two of them they had the skill of being a Fletcher/ Flights. Several members tried to draw a long bow with a pulling force of 70 to 80 lbs. albeit
All the participants were dressed in costume of the appropriate period, they were enthusiastic and very knowledgeable on their subject. The arena displays included an amusing yet informative display of the use of Viking weapons and forming a shield wall. There was also a display of falconry.
This month’s AHA trip started off badly due to bereavement; therefore sadly, I was unable to attend. Fortunately Ron Bryan was able to step in and was the Leader for the day. Thank you very much Ron for your support.
The weather was just perfect after having rain which felt like it had gone on for days. The group gathered together at Wickes car park and set off for Farnham, meeting up at the Maltings for coffee, where the official guide joined them
Farnham Tudor Buildings - Shop Frontages and the Maltings
On 24th May, due to last minute change of dates to accommodate this venue, a small group of members visited the New Arts Centre near East Winterslow.
The works on show ranged from line drawing to oil paintings. The draughtsmanship on some of the pencil sketches was outstanding, however opinions on his paintings was mixed. Works included several drawings and paintings of his long-term mistress Doirela McNeill and paintings of T.E. Lawrence and Thomas Hardy
So you don’t miss out on our mix bag of venues visiting, keep checking the web site!
Bob Taylor and Rosemary Crumplin
In April members of the Group travelled to the Guildford area to visit two National Trust properties. The first was Clandon Park, which you will probably recall that the house was badly damaged by fire in 2015.
The group then travelled a few miles to another National Trust property, Hatchlands Park.
After lunch we had an enjoyable walk around the bluebell woods and then proceeded to the house. There were a limited number of rooms open to the public, which contained part of the Cobbe family collection of old masters and keyboard instruments. The paintings included works by Titian, van Dyck and Gainsborough; also of interest was an anonymous work that is claimed to be the only life portrait of Shakespeare. The exhibition of keyboard instruments included ones owned and played by famous composers including J.C. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Elgar and Chopin. The oldest instrument was a Harpsichord dating from 1622, and there was also a piano played by Marie Antoinette. Most of the instruments are maintained in full working order and often played at recitals by leading pianists. The visit was enhanced by an excellent and knowledgeable tour guide.
Don’t forget to look at U3A Anton website, to see what is coming up over the next few months!
BobTaylor & Rosemary Crumplin
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