The Society met on Tuesday, March 18 to hold the Annual General Meeting to elect officers and also to hear Dr Sylvia Pinches speak on the life and career of Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe OBE, RA a wildlife artist born in 1901 in Cheshire.

Charles Tunnicliffe was a true countryman, spending his life drawing - mainly birds but including all animals of the countryside. His illustrations won him an exhibition at the Royal College of Art, followed by a scholarship. His main work was illustrating books such as Henry Williamson's Tarka the Otter, The Shell Book of Birds and several Ladybird books for children. (These are now collection books of great value.)

Mr Tunnicliffe moved to Anglesey in 1947 to spend the rest of his life painting and drawing the animals and birds of country and coast. He became famous for the whimsy and artistry of his work besides being botanically correct. A sheer delight to see and he also left a detailed history of the real country coastal life between WWI and WWII and postwar. He died in 1979.

The evening concluded with a short AGM meeting when a new chairman David Kennett was elected together with the officers and committee. The 2014/15 programme of speakers and visits was outlined. On April 15 Jane Freear-Wyld will speak on design in contemporary tapestry and our new programme starts on May 20 with James Kerr on Shakespeare's Scenery - garden photography. Our meetings are held at the Catholic Church Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.