The Arts Society Wensleydale visit Newby Hall.

Newby Hall outing 

If you were organising an outing for the Arts Society, you would be keen for all the arrangements to run smoothly.  Imagine the nightmare scenario if, on the day of the trip, the only road to the place of the visit was closed for resurfacing.  No advance warning, no alternative route, no way of letting people know before they came across the road closed signs.

Dr Tobias Capwell Lecture Review

(The photo in the slide is by Andy Rain, the main photograph was taken by Martin Haywood).

Dr Tobias Capwell, a world authority on medieval armour, gave a fascinating 50th Jubilee lecture on Richard III for the Arts Society Wensleydale, at Tennants Gardens Rooms. He entertained the 190 members and guests with stories of his childhood obsession with knights, his role as Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection, and his participation in modern competitive jousting. 


In the early 1990s when the Young British Artists were making waves, Carole Binnie, a mild-mannered, retired, primary-school teacher in West Yorkshire, was making a few waves herself.

Now with more time on her hands and life-long interest in the Arts she was keen to learn more. But the existing Decorative and Fine Arts Societies in Leeds and Harrogate had waiting lists. 

Undeterred she decided to start her own. Her plan on how to make Art, in all its glorious forms, available to a wider general audience, began to take shape.

Children's Church Trails

Hunting for more than Easter eggs

Pupils from Richmond Church of England Primary School were the first to try out the Children’s Trail of St Mary’s Church Richmond, devised by members of The Arts Society Wensleydale.  Teacher Lucy Hodges and 30 excited Year 4 explorers spent an hour researching, hunting and discussing answers to the quiz. 

“I did not know there was anything under the seats but I really like the dancing pigs” exclaimed one youngster on examining the choir stall misericords.