www.nadfas.org.ukNADFAS REVIEW / WINTER 2010 59SOCIETIES/AREAS NEWSCeramic project takes Young Arts coordinator down memory laneAn entrancing ceramic wall decoration (pictured above) was installed on22 June 2010 at Ewhurst Church of England Infant School, Surrey, tocelebrate the completion of a £250,000 building project at the muchpraised village school.Every pupil was involved in the two-month Young Arts project, ablyguided by local ceramicist Penny Green.The finished work features significant local buildings, including thehouse in which Greater London Young Arts Area Representative GillianEeley, lived as an evacuee. She was a pupil at the school between 1940and 1947. Gillian generously sponsored the project in token of her sevenhappy years at the school.Pictured (l-r): Penny Green, Gillian Eeley, Sheila Drew (West SurreyYA Area Representative), and Yvonne Farrington and John Baker, YA Representative and Chairman of Cranleigh DFAS respectivelyStratford pupils discover thepower of musicStratford-upon-Avon DFAS sponsored two members of the City ofBirmingham Symphony Orchestra to share their skills with key stage 1pupils at the town's Wilmcote Primary School. Jackie Tyler (cello) andPeter Walden (cor Anglais and clarinet) demonstrated how musicalinstruments could tell a story and evoke atmosphere using differentrhythms, chords and notes.Pupils learned how to tell the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff withmusical accompaniment. The music workshops were interspersed withart sessions as pupils created background scenery and images of thecharacters in the story.The children learned a great deal during the day then presented a verysuccessful performance to the school and their parents. North Wilts Young Arts Group heldan inspiring Seaside Painting Dayearlier this year. The colourful beach-inspiredcreations "put everyone in aholiday mood", according to theGroup Organiser Susie Weaver. The North Wilts Young Artsprogramme of summer eventsculminated in the annual Fun Day- a highlight was the 'HistoryMan', who showed medievalarmour and offered classes inarchery and jousting.Painting puts North WiltsYoung Arts in a summer mood
60NADFAS REVIEW / WINTER 2010www.nadfas.org.ukSOCIETIES/AREAS NEWSA group from East Surrey Area visitedBuckingham Palace in September. After viewingthe lavishly furnished State Rooms, they tookthe opportunity to see The Queen's Yearexhibition. Recreating the spectacle of the royalcalendar, the show illustrated the sovereign'sseasonal fixtures of high ceremony and theweekly routine of investitures, receptions andaudiences. The display included ceremonialrobes and stunning jewels, as well as archivephotography and film to illustrate key events inHer Majesty's Diary.The group also enjoyed atour of the Queen's gardens, including theHerbaceous Border, the Summer House, theRose Garden and the Waterloo Vase.East Surrey Areasees royal splendourBeds and Herts in partnership topromote traditional arts and craftsA grant from Tring ParkDFAS, Beds and Herts Areaand the Patricia FayMemorial Fund hassubsidised an excitingtraditional arts and craftssummer school at theUniversity of Hertfordshire. The course providedyoung people between theages of eight and 17 withthe opportunity to learn awide range of traditionalskills from weaving toceramics. They were able to exchange ideas with local artists and find outabout different careers inthe art world. Ann Hollis, Chairman ofthe Beds and Herts Area,said: "We are delighted tobe co-sponsoring thisinitiative which will giveaspiring young artists anexcellent insight intotraditional skills in arts andcrafts. Our aim with theUniversity is to ensure thatsuch important talents arenot lost and forgotten andto encourage young peopleto learn and continue tocreate new exciting ideasand products for the future." Stafford Church Recorders were delighted tocome across the remains of a sundial datingfrom the 1660s when compiling the Record for the chapel within Noel's Almshouses in Stafford. The dial was found between two of thehouses and was probably designed by a clergyman. The Recorders contacted the British SundialSociety, which sent an expert to record the dialfor their inventory. Such 'vertical vernacular' dials were based onchurch sundials which appeared in the early17th century and were marked out to tell thetime using a sloping gnomon (fixed arm). Thenumerals showing are V, VI, VII, VIII (under thedrainpipe). IX, X and XI. The stone block has been cut on the rightside during building extensions in 1962, so theother numerals are lost. The gnomon is missingand evidence of its fixing has been obliteratedby mortar.A timely find by StaffordChurch RecordersSarum DFASsupports memorabledrama in SalisburyThanks to sponsorship from Sarum DFAS, twoyoung people were given the opportunity to take to the stage at Salisbury Playhouse this summer.Twenty-five young people created a play injust two weeks for the Summer Stage 2010project. The theme of the one-hour productionwas 'forgotten things', and an attic full ofmemorabilia had a key part to play. Considering the short time scale, the resultwas a remarkably imaginative, fast-paced andlively production.