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64NADFAS REVIEW / WINTER NEWScopy dates fornadfas review2011Spring 2011:10/01/11Summer 2011:25/03/11Autumn 2011:01/07/11Winter 2011:12/09/11If you are sending in newsitems for NADFAS Review andyou are able to email them,please send them sent separatelyshould be clearly labelled. Also, please avoid sendingphotos embedded in textdocuments as we are unableto use these.If text was previouslyemailed, please send a copyfor reference.We still welcome stories fromSocieties and members whodo not have access to email.We apologise to Societiesthat have sent in stories thatdo not appear on thesepages. We welcome allsubmissions but due to anoverwhelming amount ofentries we are not always ableto publish all of them. For abetter chance of seeing yourstory in print, photographicquality is key. Ideally, photosshould be emailed as jpeg ortiff files at print-quality highresolution (300dpi).In September, 47 members from the East Midlands Area visited the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon for a 'behind-the-scenes' tour of the CourtyardTheatre. After the tour, which was led by NADFAS lecturer and RSC member Vivien Heffernan, the group enjoyed a matinee performance of As You Like It. The group was also addressed by a theatre insider who discussed how the schedule for rehearsals, performances and future works is organised.East Midlands looksbehind the scenes in Shakespeare's StratfordMembers of Windlebrook DFAShave enjoyed a fascinating andpacked tour around the treasuresof north-east England. From their base in the cathedralcity of Durham, the group of 38visited a variety of historic sights. A highlight was the Holy Islandof Lindisfarne, with its castlestrikingly situated on a smallpyramid of rock alongside theseashore and the sandstone ruinsof Lindisfarne Priory. Members also took in HardwickHall (pictured), Cragside, the homeof Victorian inventor andlandscaping genius LordArmstrong, and Alnwick Castle, a property that has been owned by the same family since 1309.Windlebrook makes a journey intonorth-eastern historyMany stories about Society activities are still being sentwithout accompanyingphotos. We encourage readersto always send in pictures.They make for a nicer lookingmagazine and give your storya much better chance of being featured. For details ofpicture specifications, pleaserefer to the information at thebottom of this page.Ashmoleanthanks SouthMercia for giftThe Ashmolean Museum organised a smallcelebratory event on 29 June in Gallery 61 tothank the NADFAS South Mercia Area Societiesfor their donation of £2,500. The donation has enabled the museum'sDepartment of Western Art to purchase thepreparatory sketch of a church by Cotswoldartist FR Griggs for an etching already in themuseum's collection. Director Christopher Brown warmly thankedthe South Mercia Area members for theirgenerosity and mentioned previous SouthMercia donations, all greatly appreciated. He also introduced the art expert andforemost authority on Griggs, Jerry NorthropMoore, who gave a most informative talk,explaining the process of developing a drawinginto an etching. The drawing itself was on display, as was thecopper plate used to produce prints.A picture of the Griggs drawing was includedon the Ashmolean June news website,accompanied by an acknowledgement andspecial thanks to NADFAS South Mercia Area. REVIEW / WINTER 2010 65SOCIETIES/AREAS NEWSWessex Areahelps boostDorsetexhibitionWessex Area and Dorset CountyDFAS are supporting a newexhibition at the Dorset CountyMuseum. Georgian Faces: Portraitof a Countywill include more than60, mostly previously unseen,portraits of the people who shapedDorset during the 18th century.Wessex Area Heritage Volunteersand DCDFAS members areinvolved in researching, designingand many other aspects of theexhibition, such as stewarding. (You can read about the exhibitionon page 30)Above:Sir Peter Thompson,Thomas Frye, c.1745, showingat the Georgian FacesexhibitionChichester backsPallant House youngportraits schemeCity of Chichester DFAS once again sponsored70 Year 1 and Year 2 pupils to take part inportrait workshops at Pallant House Galleryafter viewing some of the paintings with galleryexperts. This was the second time the childrenof Rumboldswhyke CE Infants School havebeen able to make this visit as part of their two-year topic cycle, and it inspired some reallyexciting pictures. Our photo shows ChairmanPhilip Down with some of the young artists. The school was delighted to add Pallant HouseGallery to the 'experience bank' ofRumboldswhyke children.Twenty-one years ago HildaSingleton, having moved toNorfolk after being an activemember and supporter ofNADFAS in Newmarket,founded the Glaven ValleySociety in the village hall ofCley-next-the-Sea.She became its firstChairman and subsequentlyits President. At the AGMthis year she announced herretirement and graciouslysupported the proposal toelect new President MaryMcLean -again a long-termsupporter and pastcommittee member invarious capacities. In thephotograph, Hilda holds theCertificate of LifeMembership conferred onher last year by GlavenValley for "20 years ofoutstanding vision, energyand commitment", resultingin today's flourishing Societyof 250 members that wasgiven to her at a mostenjoyable party for morethan 100 members andguests by the presentChairman FrancesChambers, standing onHilda's left. Mary McLeanstands on her right.Glaven Valleycomes of ageClaudia Grinnell, a 15-year-old whom Wrekin DFAS issponsoring in her organ studies, gave a magnificent soloorgan recital in St Mary Magdalene's Church, Albrighton,on 3 July. This was attended by more than 100 people,with about half of them then attending a fund-raising lunchin the church hall. A retiring collection and the proceedsfrom the lunch were donated to the church, designated forthe Organ Restoration Fund. Claudia has a mastery of the organ that many considerwell in advance of her years. Having played as a guest ofvarious Cambridge colleges she will be aiming for anOxbridge Organ Scholarship.Public recital for Wrekin'sorgan scholar