Clubs: Havering Antiques Collectors Club looks forward to the year ahead
PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 March 2017
The Havering Antiques Collectors Club is the borough's premier place for antiquity enthusiasts. The club is looking forward to its biggest year yet with a range of guest speakers set to deliver talks at monthly meetings throughout the year.
WHEN: Meetings and talks on the third Friday of every month. Talks begin at 7.30pm.
WHERE: Harold Wood neighbourhood centre, Gubbins Lane, Harold Wood, RM3 OQA.
COST: Annual membership is £25. One-off sessions £4. Guest speakers lectures £7.
CONTACT: Christine Lovett on 07947 367258.
Havering is home to numerous clubs which offer residents the chance to delve into their interests, no matter how niche, alongside a friendly bunch of people.
The Havering Antique Collectors Club is one such group and for 36 years has been the go to place for people with a deep interest in historical items.
The club holds monthly meetings which feature lectures delivered by revered antique experts from TV programmes such as Antiques Roadshow.
At February’s meeting Eric Knowles, from Antiques Roadshow and Noel’s House Party, gave a talk on art nouveau and art deco sculpture.
The ceramics expert certainly made an impression on the members with the club’s chairman, Chris Lovett full of praise.
“Through his many slides Eric took us on a fascinating journey of nymphs, mythological figures, dancers, fairies and birds to name a few,” said Chris. “He showed us beautiful and stylish pieces, mostly cast in bronze and mounted on marble plinths.
“Delicately poised slender figures on ti toe, striking dramatic poses with swirling skirts and intricate details.
“We were captivated by the beauty and agility displayed by them all. Add to this Eric’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject, peppered with amusing anecdotes, we could not fail but to have a wonderful evening of entertainment.”
This month’s guest speaker will be Mark Lewis whose lecture Hester Bateman & Women Silversmiths of the 18th Century promises to be equally entertaining.