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Club Day and Summer Party

July 14, 2018 at 10:00 am - 2:30 pm


Club Day and Summer Party – 14th July 2018, Stanton St John Village Hall

We hope you will be able to join us on Saturday, 14th July for the next Club Day and our Summer Party. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available throughout the day.

The programme for the Club Day is as follows:

10.30 –11.30 am – Meet and mingle

Collect your newsletter and browse the library books. Special displays:

Calligraphy for a laugh –  A display of, for example:   

  • Cartoons featuring scribes (often monks!)
  • Cartoons by calligraphers 
  • Cartoons displaying an interesting use of lettering 
  • Newly invented captions for amusing pictures from the margins of medieval manuscripts: (“Postscript” recently ran a series doing just that)
  • Any cartoons that members care to create for the occasion (preferably incorporating some calligraphy)
  • Anything else calligraphic to raise a laugh or smile (some of Long Gone Anon qualifies!)

Diana Porteus has been busy digging out examples of the above but please feel free to bring along anything you have (or feel inclined to make for the occasion) to supplement her efforts.

Photography – Andi Bennett has kindly offered to repeat the photographic session she first held during last year’s Summer Club Day. If you have any work (preferably unframed) you would like photographed do bring it along. Many of the photos Andi took last year are now on the gallery pages on the website – take a look and see how good the works look!

Brother James Kimpton – we hope to be able to show something of the work of Brother James, one of our Honorary Members, who died in October 2017 and who you’ll read about in the Newsletter.

A book of Brother James’ calligraphy and drawings will be on display, and there will also be a donations box in case you would like to support the charity he founded, Reaching the Unreached (see  http://www.rtu.org.uk/about.htm) which provides orphanages, housing, health-care, education & water in poverty-stricken parts of rural South India.

11.30 –12.30 pm – Guest speaker Gregory Stores – Surprising Aspects of Medieval Manuscripts

As Emeritus Professor of Developmental Neuropsychiatry in the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of Linacre College, Gregory brings a very different eye to the study of medieval manuscripts. His clinical work, research and publications have mainly concerned aspects of child neurology with special interests in epilepsy and sleep disorders of neurological origin. However, amongst his non-professional interests is medieval history.

Gregory’s illustrated talk will consist of a brief review of illuminated manuscripts and bestiaries followed by examples of the curious components of some manuscripts often in the form of marginalia the content of which includes strange animals, monsters and even lewd activities. Surprising medical practices are depicted in other manuscripts. The origins and meaning of many marginalia are debatable, especially when they are at variance with the adjoining manuscript text, and commonly they remain a total mystery! 

A good match with the Calligraphy for a laugh display?

12.30 – 1.30 pm – Lunch

Weather permitting, we will have lunch al fresco, and as in previous years it will be a Bring and Share lunch. 

Don’t forget to bring your own cutlery and serving implements for the dish you bring.  Although the hall has plates, bowls, glasses and mugs aplenty there is no sign of cutlery.

Wine and soft drinks will be provided to accompany lunch.

1.30 – 2.30 pm – Barbara Jupe will demonstrate how to make an origami box with tato closure

Members wishing to ‘have a go’ following Barbara’s demonstration should bring a pencil, metal ruler, scalpel, bone folder, Pritt stick, cutting mat to work on, and decorative paper. Barbara will bring paper already cut to size for our first attempts!


Club Day and Summer Party


July 14, 2018
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Village Hall, Stanton St John
Stanton St John Village Hall
Middle Lane, Stanton St John, Oxfordshire OX33 1HD United Kingdom
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