62NADFAS REVIEW / AUTUMN 2010www.nadfas.org.ukSOCIETIES NEWS?GRAYSHOTT DFASGrayshott DFAS celebrated its25th anniversary with agarden party in the grounds ofcommittee member JennyLee's home. The HampshireArea Chairman joined thecelebrations and everyoneenjoyed the canapés andsunshine as they appreciatedthe garden in full bloom.?EXMOOR DFASExmoor DFAS marked its 25thanniversary in May with alunch at the Tythe Barn inDunster. Over 80 membersattended, together withNational Chairman GriHarrison. After lunch themembers were given a talkabout Dunster Castle and aguided tour.?LIMPSFIELD DFASLimpsfield DFAS celebratedits 35th anniversary at its Maylecture. The cake-cuttingceremony was performedjointly by Chairman AnnHollywood and patissierEileen Perryer.ANNIVERSARIESBrecknock's poll putsHarewood in the leadIn May, members of BrecknockDFAS spent five glorious daysexploring some of the finest statelyhomes and buildings of Derbyshireand Yorkshire. Returning to Wales,with a five-hour journey ahead,Jane Moyle, Visits Secretary,decided to operate a straw poll ofwhich they had enjoyed best. Itwas judged by ProportionalRepresentation, with people'ssecond, third, fourth, fifth and sixthchoices being taken intoconsideration.The result, with the most popularEngelmere DFASsupported a YoungArts project for Year 6pupils at GreatHollands School,Bracknell. The childrenworked with ceramicartist Sadie James tocreate a work of art tocelebrate UNICEF'schildren's rights work.They created aroundel in the form ofa jigsaw, which nowgraces the school'sentrance. The childrencut the pieces anddecorated them withthe words 'hello' and'peace' in thelanguages of theirdifferent ethnicbackgrounds.Engelmere promotes a peaceful hellofirst, was as follows: HarewoodHouse; Haddon Hall; CastleHoward; York Minster; ChatsworthHouse; Hardwick Hall and CalkeAbbey. In essence, the smallerprivate houses, which have notbeen too commercialised and havethe owner's personaltouches, came out on top.
www.nadfas.org.ukNADFAS REVIEW / AUTUMN 2010 63SOCIETIESNEWSGade Valley DFAS wanted to ensure that its 40th-anniversary year would have an impact on the localcommunity. It embarked on a Young Arts project atWoodfield School, Hemel Hempstead, which catersfor children with severe learning disabilities. With a donation of £500 from Gade Valley and anadditional grant of £150 from the Patricia FayMemorial Fund, the school was able to arrange an artday run by sculptor Joanna Scott. With her help,students decorated a large kinetic sculpture in theshape of a Chinese Air Dragon and made individuallanterns from flexible wire. The structures were lit by solar lights and hung inthe trees in the school grounds as a lasting reminderof the students' work.The Society celebrated its 40th anniversary atChenies Manor in Hertfordshire, where the NADFASinaugural meeting took place in 1965. Gade Valley project lights up local schoolCLAIRE BURGE We are sad to report the deathof Claire Burge, the founderand President of Orwell DFAS.Members will miss herfriendship, calm manner andexcellent advice. Claire foundedthe Society in 1999 and wasChairman until 2004, afterwhich she became President.JENNIFER OTLEY 1939-2010A tireless member and long-time Treasurer of ScarboroughDFAS, Jennifer Otley (pictured)served as a Heritage Volunteeron a variety of projects andwas also a Church Recorderand Area Representative. Herpresence and wise counselwill be sorely missed. Jenniferis survived by her husbandJohn, sons Kevin and Darrelland grandson Jake.JOHN WEBB-JENKINS1939-2010It is with great regret thatWalton & Hersham DFASreport the sad loss of theirChairman, John Webb-Jenkins. John was adedicated and committedChairman and his suddendeath in April came as a greatshock to the Society.John joined Walton andHersham DFAS in 2004 afterhis retirement and he wassoon persuaded to stand forVice Chairman and thenChairman in 2008. OBITUARIESSchomberg retires from Magic Lantern postDiana Schomberg is retiring after 16 years as theAdministrator of Magic Lantern. The organisation, which aims to inspire youngpeople with an enthusiasm for the arts, has deliveredaround 700 presentations a year in schoolsthroughout London, the Midlands and the NorthEast. Diana wishes to thank the various NADFASSocieties and individual members for what has beentheir valuable support over the years.Pictured right:A local school child takes part in a Magic Lantern presentation