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6NADFAS REVIEW / SUMMER NewsNational Association headlines and updates, plus news from our sponsors and members' letters Lady Ford A tribute by Pamela Cohn, NADFAS National Chairman 1998-2000Valerie Ford, who sadly died inMarch after a short illness, hadbeen involved with NADFAS overmany years. She was FounderChairman of Wey Valley DFAS andthen Surrey Area Representative inthe 1990s. By the mid-to-late1990s the Surrey Area of NADFAShad grown so large with so manySocieties that a division seemedinevitable. This task was entrustedto Valerie, who possessed therequired skills of diplomacy toachieve it: and so, the East andWest Surrey Areas of NADFAS were created.In 1998 Valerie was elected tothe Executive Committee ofNADFAS. Her role was to head theEvents and Forward PlanningCommittee - a brief which suitedher well. Her organising abilitiesand meticulous attention to detailAND A FURTHER TRIBUTEFROM THE SOCIETYFOUNDED BY LADY FORD.It was with immense sadness that everyone at The Wey ValleyDFAS learned of the death of ourFounder Chairman, Lady Ford. Valerie will be greatly missed,especially in this, the 21stAnniversary of our founding. Sheremained an enthusiastic andactive member of our Society since she became our firstChairman in 1989; she was alwayssupportive of and interested in ourcurrent programme, giving praiseor, when asked, offering help orsage counsel. She always said that she initiallyjoined NADFAS as she thought itwould be "a wonderful way tomake new friends". We shall allmiss her kindness and friendship.The National Churches Trust,which works in close partnershipwith NADFAS Church Recorders,has launched a survey of the UK'schurches, chapels and meetinghouses -the first of its kind. The National Churches TrustSurvey 2010 includes buildings ofevery Christian denomination, of allages and conditions, and looks athow they are maintained, repaired,funded and used by their localcommunities. The survey, whichaims to create a national picture ofthe status of these churches, willremain online until mid-June.were exercised to the full. This wasclearly evident when thePresident's Annual Receptionswere held - especially the one atthe Dean Gallery of Modern Art inEdinburgh, in 1999.Among Valerie's other interestswere her love of flowers and herskill as a flower arranger. In duecourse this led her to becomePresident of the NationalAssociation of Flower ArrangingSocieties (NAFAS).Valerie possessed great charmand dignity, as well as a livelysense of humour. She was a mostloyal and conscientious colleagueand over the years she contributedgreatly to the continuing successand development of NADFAS.Left:Lady Ford, an individual ofgreat charm and dignityFirst UK survey of Christian places of worshipAll churches, chapels andmeeting houses in the UK arebeing encouraged to complete thesurvey. The online survey offersguidance, useful tips and technicalsupport to help participants.The National Churches Trust hasdesigned the survey in close co-operation with heritage bodies,Christian denominations and thoseresponsible for churches' upkeep. The survey offers a uniqueopportunity for communities withresponsibility for a church buildingto share their successes and raiseany concerns. By understandingthe experiences of communitiesacross the UK, the Trust can offerpractical assistance and advice.Andrew Edwards, ChiefExecutive of the National ChurchesTrust, said: "A single, nationalsurvey will make a considerabledifference to ourunderstanding of churchbuildings across the UK.These buildings areimportant, not just asplaces of worship butalso as centres of locallife. This survey isseeking to capture thecontribution they make to ourheritage and our communities."The survey can be found at www.survey.nation-alchurchestrust.orgQuestions about filling in thesurvey can be addressed directto Charlotte Walshe at, pleasewrite to: The National Churches Trust, 31 Newbury Street,London EC1A 7HU

NEWSIn an article about the Wissa Wassef tapestries in the spring issue ofNADFAS Review (page 11), the writer refers to tapestries being acquiredby the British Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. Wewould like to clarify that the tapestries wereactually gifted to both institutions by the RamsesWissa Wassef Exhibition Trust. In our winter 2009 issue the writer of the featureabout the Ashmolean museum failed to creditJohn Tradescent Snr (c1570-1638) and his son,John Tradescent (1608-1662), who began thecollection, display and charge system to viewtheir "rarities" at their home in Lambeth. Uponthe death of the younger man, the collectiontransferred to Oxford University to provide thefoundation of the Ashmolean Museum.NADFAS travel affiliate Swan Hellenic haslaunched its new-look 2011 summer brochurewhich includes a host of exciting freshdestinations and cruises. While Minervawill callat some of the world's most celebrated citiessuch as St Petersburg, Venice, Bordeaux andDubrovnik, her itineraries also include new,lesser-known ports.Swan Hellenic launches Summer 2011Discovery Cruising ProgrammeReaders with internet access may beinterested to know that NADFAS nowhas a presence on social media sitesTwitter and Facebook. To find us onFacebook visit andsearch 'NADFAS'. NADFAS tweets canbe found at enterssocial media spaceCorrections and clarificationsREVIEW£2.50THE MAGAZINE OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DECORATIVE & FINE ARTS SOCIETIESSPRING 2010REVIEW£2.50THE MAGAZINE OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DECORATIVE & FINE ARTS SOCIETIESWINTER REVIEW / SUMMER 2010 7In 2011, Minervawill call at Rovinj and Pula,both on the Istrian Peninsula - the latter abeautiful small town with a RomanAmphitheatre at its heart.2011 also sees Minervareturning to herroots, offering in-depth cruises to the Hellenicworld, visiting some of the major sites such asthe royal tombs of Vergina and themonasteries of Meteora, but also some of thesmaller, less-visited, Greek islands includingLesbos, Chios, Melos, Symi and Delos.And in further news, from summer 2011,Minerva's 'no-fly' cruises will sail from thehistoric naval port of Portsmouth, offering themost convenient facilities, with an excellentinfrastructure of travel connections to all partsof the UK and further afield.To view ordownload a brochure visit: 2011 Minervacan be found inlesser-known ports