Busy month ahead for Friends group

Tom Ratcliffe, chairman of Friends of the Rydings, at the Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse
Tom Ratcliffe, chairman of Friends of the Rydings, at the Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse

It is been an eventful time for guest speakers at the Friends of the Rydings group meetings.

Pat Osborne arrived with a broken wrist to give her talk on “The Secret Life of Charles Dickens” and the previous event with David Glover had seen a substitute reading his presentation after losing his voice. Nonetheless, both carried on bravely and were able to captivate the audience with well researched and presented themes.

Pat enthralled the audience with the more intimate details of Dickens’ life, examining the relationship with his estranged wife and mistress. The details of his life provided an insight into his subject matter, his attitude to social reform and demonstrated parallels between his life and art.

The next talk in the series will be given by Robert Goulding and will look at Brighouse during the Great War. This will be on Friday, April 24, at 2pm in the Smith Art Gallery.

Robert will also be providing open training days for volunteers who now regularly staff the art gallery on April 13, 20 and 27 at 11am. These are open to the public and particularly valuable to those who are considering volunteering with Calderdale Council.

The Friends have been offering Coffee, Cake and Chat sessions once a month and the next meeting will be on Saturday, April 4, from 10am. Come along and meet the friendly team, learn a little about the Smith Gallery and generally share some convivial chat.

The Friends of the Rydings AGM is on April 13 at 4.30pm and all members of the public are invited to attend. For anyone thinking about joining the group, this is an opportunity to meet the members and find out more information.