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Dear All, 
We are very happy to announce the return of a limited number of classroom based courses, and hope to welcome you back as a participant and perhaps even as a volunteer! 
Staff at the William Elder Building have done a great job in making the Conference Room as safe as possible for our return. There will be extra cleaning in place in the building as a whole, and the Conference Room will be well ventilated and the seating socially distanced. Mask wearing will be expected until you are seated, and refreshments will be provided in the break for those who want them. If you would like to help with checking the register or providing refreshments for any of our classroom based events we would be delighted to hear from you, please contact or phone 01289 303030. 
We will not be taking any payments on the door so please book in advance for our classroom based events if at all possible. None of our events assume previous knowledge and all are welcome.


Prof Maria Chester will be introducing her next highly illustrated course on Ancient Eastern Civilisations on zoom, beginning Thursday 24th Feb at 4pm. The six part course costs £18 and can be booked here.
The Granary Gallery in Berwick welcomes a new travelling exhibition from the Arts Council on February 19th, The Printed Line (exhibition details here), and we have five guided tours of the exhibition led by Prof Chester which can be booked here. Places are limited to 10 on each tour.

Maria will also be giving a lecture examining the printing techniques and styles that can be found in the exhibition at the Henry Travers Studio in the Maltings on 28th April. 'Rubbing, Scratching, Etching, Engraving: The Printed Line in the 20thC' can be booked here.
We have decided to postpone Linda Bankier's classroom based palaeography course, which was to start in March, for now, as numbers have been affected by Covid uncertainty. We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to holding it later in the year. 
The last of Liza Cole's talks on local wildlife will be held on zoom on Sunday 6th March at 6pm and the subject is 'Seabirds of the British Isles' (booking link).

Liza has also organised a boat trip from Eyemouth to St Abb's Head for us on Sunday 24th April which can be booked here. Numbers are limited to 12 for this trip.
We welcome a new lecturer, Madeleine Ravetta, who will give three classroom based lectures on the fascinating stories behind the art collection at the Foundling Hospital. The lectures will be held in the William Elder Building in Berwick beginning Monday 28th March at 10 am, further details here
Local artist Gail Wareham will lead three more sessions on drawing architecture to be held at the YHA in Berwick starting on Tuesday 12th April at 10 am. Gail's previous sessions have been well received and very popular, and further details of how to book for the last three sessions can be found here.
Save the dates! We are delighted to inform you that the Berwick Music Series 2022 will take place over three weekends: 23rd to 25th September, 7th to 9th October, and 21st to 23rd October. The theme will be Solo Strings, and there will be concerts, lectures, workshops, schools activities and a composition competition. We hope you can join us!
For more details of our event programme, please go to Eventbrite, or to our website


For devotees of modern music, there are two interesting events coming up:
On Thursday Feb 17th, Sisters with Transistors at the Radio Rooms documents the history of women in electronic music.

On Saturday Feb 19th, there is  a talk in Wooler by composer John Casken on the influence of Northumberland on his work.

Genni Poole, coordinator of the Berwick Film Society has asked us to mention the new BFS Programme. BFS has also introduced a new type of membership which you can set up on their website The new season runs from Jan to May and Sept to Dec, and the excellent programme is already underway! One or two tickets to each film can be bought for the discounted price of £5 by members, and membership costs just £10 per year. Full details of the first six films of the year are available on their website.

Norham Arts Group are planning their summer exhibition and affordable art fair, ‘Water & Light'. and invite submissions from artists who would like to participate. The event dates are 24th June - 27th June and you can find full details here. 

Best Wishes
Pam Campion


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