Author Archives: Glen Dallas

Thought for the Week – 20.11.17

“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude”

JOHN C. MAXWELL (b.1947)

John Calvin Maxwell (born 1947) is an American author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership. Titles include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. His books have sold millions of copies, with some on the New York Times Best Seller List.

Thought for the Week – 13.11.17

“I shut my eyes in order to see”

PAUL GAUGUIN (1848-1903)

Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a French post-Impressionist artist. Underappreciated until after his death, Gauguin is now recognised for his experimental use of colour and Synthetist style that were distinctly different from Impressionism. Towards the end of his life he spent ten years in French Polynesia, and most of his paintings from this time depict people or landscapes from that region.

His work was influential to the French avant-garde and many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Gauguin’s art became popular after his death, partially from the efforts of art dealer Ambroise Vollard, who organised exhibitions of his work late in his career and assisted in organising two important posthumous exhibitions in Paris. Gauguin was an important figure in the Symbolist movement as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramist, and writer. His expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings, under the influence of the cloisonnist style, paved the way to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral. He was also an influential proponent of wood engraving and woodcuts as art forms.

Thought for the Week – 06.11.17

“It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe”

ROBERT W. SERVICE (1874-1958)

Robert William Service (January 16, 1874 – September 11, 1958) was a British-Canadian poet and writer who has often been called “the Bard of the Yukon”. He is best known for his poems “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” and “The Cremation of Sam McGee”, from his first book, Songs of a Sourdough (1907; also published as The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses). His vivid descriptions of the Yukon and its people made it seem that he was a veteran of the Klondike gold rush, instead of the late-arriving bank clerk he actually was. Although his work remains popular, Service’s poems were initially received as being crudely comical works.


Don’t forget to put the 18th of November in your diary because it’s the date of the AGS Art Fair and Christmas Market.  And what’s more, entry is completely free for everyone.

Seventy artists and crafters from across Buckinghamshire will be showing and selling their work at the AGS between 10.30am and 3.30pm.  Our Art Café will be ready with delicious bakes and tempting treats.  And there will be some amazing craft and artisan demonstrations including pottery and stonemasonry.

So, come along with the whole family for a truly brilliant event.  You’ll get yourself organised for Christmas and help raise vital funds for AGS.

Thanks so much.



I hope you had a great half-term.  Be honest, you missed getting an email last week, didn’t you?  Well, to make up for that I’ve got some big news for all you booze-hounds.

This year’s top prize at the Xmas Raffle is a Christmas Booze and Choccie hamper.  The hamper contains a bottle each of champagne, prosecco, brandy, rum, whisky, red wine and white wine (oh and some chocolates too).  To try and win, just fill out the raffle tickets that your son brought home this week and get them back to school by December 7th (the draw is on the 8th).  If you haven’t been given any tickets by your son, they’ll probably be at the bottom of their bag, have a look.

Thanks so much.