January 2019

The January Lecture is titled ‘The Silk Road and The Great Buddha of Nara’ and the lecturer is Dr Meri Arichi.

The Great Buddha of the Todai-ji (Great Eastern Temple) of Nara Japan was commissioned in the first half of the 8th century by Emperor Shomu. The colossal bronze statue of Buddha, over 16 metres high, was the symbol of the imperial authority, and its completion in 752 was marked by the grand ceremony, attended by Emperor, Empress, aristocrats, thousands of officials and monks, as well as foreign guests from many regions of Asia.

Dr Meri Arichi studied Art History in London and Florence, and worked at Christie’s in Kings Street, London, returning to university to study Asian Art at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 1993, completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Asian Art (1994), MA (1996) and PhD (2003) .

The February meeting will be held on 12th February 2019, at 11.00am in Easterbrook Hall. Coffee will be available from 10.30am. Please note the membership card erroneously states that the meeting is on the 13th February.


Parish News 

The Committee would like to wish all a happy and prosperous New Year.

If you didn’t attend the Anniversary Lunch in October, then your copy of 50 Treasures of Dumfries and Galloway will be available to pick up at reception. Additional copies are available for sale.

The book for the raffle at this meeting is: ‘The Silk Road – A New History’ by Valerie Hansen.


Mike Wortley