Sat June 3rd
St George's Church, Millom
Leaving his bright trail over Black Combe’s dark sky
Join us to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Norman Nicholson at a commemorative event at St George’s Church, Millom (2pm-4pm).
At this special event we will reflect on the themes of Mortality and Immortality as we celebrate Norman’s life and legacy with readings, music and conversations. There will also be opportunities to view the spectacular Nicholson Memorial window and to visit the grave of Norman and Yvonne Nicholson.
Our special guest will be CHRISTINE BOYCE, designer of the Nicholson window which was installed in 2000.
We will also be joined by the poet PHIL HOUGHTON who will read his own work ‘Echoes’ and explain how this was inspired by, and connects with, two of Nicholson’s poems; and also by the Rev Canon Dr DAVID SCOTT, himself a poet, who led Nicholson’s funeral service.
NB this is an event organised by the Norman Nicholson Society and is not a religious ceremony.
Sat July 8th or Sun July 9th Summer Event, Millom
Further details will be posted here in due course.
Sat Oct 7th: Autumn Event
Sat Dec 2nd: Christmas Lunch
AGM and presentation by Dr Antoinette Fawcett: Nicholson and Italy, April 1 2017
Network Centre, Salthouse Road, Millom LA18 5AB
The AGM proper was preceded by a presentation by Charlie Lambert, the Society's chair, on the progress of the Norman Nicholson House Project. Charlie recounted the main developments over the last 12 months and concluded by stating that the working group was now in a position to submit a formal application to the Lottery for a 'Resilient Heritage' grant to pay for John Coward Architects, of Cartmel, to undertake a detailed survey of Nicholson's former home, to prepare estimates for the cost of renovating and extending, and to work with us in developing our concept for the long-term future. Full details of the NN House project can be found here.
Detailed minutes of the AGM will be sent to members in due course. The main points were: Brian Charnley kindly offered to take over from Dot Richardson as treasurer and his appointment as such was duly approved. The Society's updated constitution was approved. Reports were presented by Glenn Lang (secretary), Dot Richardson (retiring treasurer), Antoinette Fawcett (membership secretary) and Sue Dawson (schools & communities). Under 'Any Other Business' Charlie Lambert reported that our Heritage Lottery Fund officer had recommended that we join the Heritage Trust Network, an organisation which offers advice and support to groups like ours who are interested in acquiring a property of significance. Members agreed that we should go ahead with this.
The current rate of membership fees was discussed and it was decided to make a modest increase in the subscription from March 2018. The cost of adult membership will rise from £12 to £15, and the cost of a couple's membership from £18 to £20. Youth membership will remain at £6.
Antoinette's fascinating talk revealed that Nicholson's poetry (from the Pot Geranium collection) had been translated into Italian by Roberto Sanesi (1930-2001). It was a sign of the esteem in which Nicholson was held that Sanesi should take on the task. He was a highly-respected literary translator who had been commissioned by TS Eliot personally to translate his own poems. In the course of her research at the John Rylands Library, Antoinette came across a previously undiscovered letter from Sanesi to Nicholson, written in 1958, the letter now being an important contributor to our understanding of the links between Nicholson and Italy.
Antoinette also stated that Nicholson possessed works in the original Italian and learned the language himself, encouraged and tutored by Enrica Garnier.
She concluded by quoting another of Norman's Italian admirers, Spartaco Gamberini, who, after reading the Pot Geranium collection, wrote to Norman: "You are a European poet, free at last from the cosmopolitan provincialism of London".
Christmas Lunch, December 3rd 2016
Around two dozen members gathered at the Netherwood Hotel in Grange-over-Sands for a very enjoyable social event. This was our second such occasion and, as in 2015, the staff at the Netherwood looked after us superbly. Following an excellent meal our membership secretary Antoinette Fawcett announced the creation of Honorary Life Vice-Presidencies for three members who have, over the years, contributed in a truly outstanding way to the study of Nicholson's work: Neil Curry, Kathleen Jones, and David Boyd.
Pictures by JOHN TROLL
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