The Solihull Society of Arts has awarded life membership - its highest honour – to John Hart of Knowle, Adam Pearce of Olton and Nigel Cameron of Solihull.
John joined the society’s Recorded Music Circle when its equivalent at Shirley Institute closed in the mid 1990s. He was elected to the Circle’s committee in 2000 and served as its director from 2003 to 2009.
He created the Circle’s website and newsletter – much admired by other sections – and he continues as the Circle’s publicity officer.
Adam is the society’s treasurer, a position and also treasurer of the Local History section.
Nigel became secretary of the society in 2005 and is also a member of the Recorded Music Circle and Local History section, working as its director from 2007 – 10.
They are the first life memberships to be awarded by the society since 2007. At present there are 10 other life members, the most senior being Francis Findlay, who was awarded the honour in 1971.
The Society of Arts was founded in 1944 ‘to foster the appreciation and understanding of the arts amongst the inhabitants of Solihull’.
It currently has 200 members in four sections - Art, the Operatic Society, Local History and Recorded Music – most of which meet in Alderbrook School.