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page 76 REVIEW / SPRING 2011 67SOCIETIES/AREAS NEWSFor its 2010 Young Arts Project,Beckenham DFAS sponsored acompetition and exhibition forchildren in local schools to createartwork on the theme of the RiverBeck and its wildlife. A whopping 50 entries were submitted from five local primaryschools. Beckenham DFAS funded the prizes and the Greater London Area met thedisplay costs. Three of the award-winningartworks are shown, together with a group of prize winners at the exhibition and presentationof the work at the Society'sNovember meeting.Beckenham inspires young artists For the first time, Isle of Man DFASdecided to award a bursary to a school leaver as part of anattempt to encourage the study of the arts in young people. The award was advertised in theManx Department of Education'sbooklet for school leavers, andapplicants had to be studying artsor an art-related subject. Thecommittee chose Corrine Payne as the winner, decribing herapplication as "outstanding".Corrine is now studyingArchitecture at Liverpool University. Photo: Corrine is picturedreceiving her award, withMargaret Duncan (Secretary),Pamela Martin (ProgrammeSecretary) and Anne Lee(Chairman)Isle of Manlaunchesstudent bursaryscheme Solihull helpsart BlossomSolihull DFAS donated £1,460 to sponsor a project at Blossomfield Infant and Nursery School. A permanent installation has been created in the outdoor learning area of the school, thereby promoting the children's understanding of art and enhancing the school environment. Over 200 children, supervised by staff and parents, worked with a sculptor to design and construct the artwork, which consists of five large-scale mosaic models of flowers and now sits proudly at the school's entrance.Rugby bowledover by OpenArt workRugby DFAS Vice Chairman TonyPernyes and committee membersMyra Holmes and Joy Lunnchose Patrick Flynn as the winnerof the Rugby DFAS trophy andcheque for his Open SegmentedBowl (2010) made from sapele,maple, yew and English walnut.The bowl was one of 57 entries inthe annual Rugby Open ArtExhibition. The judging took placeon 11 November 2010, at RugbyArt Gallery and Museum. Thephoto shows Tony Pernyes andMyra Holmes with the bowl.

68NADFAS REVIEW / SPRING NEWSSouthport and Formby DFAS held its 40thanniversary lunch in the stunning setting ofLiverpool Town Hall on 27 October. The guestspeaker was Lars Tharp, one of the original andstill current Antiques Roadshowexperts andDirector of the Foundling Museum in London, towhich he donated his fee. The Society is one ofthe largest in the country, with 500 membersand a waiting list. Photo: The committee, along with Lars, areseen standing on the staircase of themagnificent Town Hall.Back row (l-r): Stuart Fish, Pat Morris, JohnSettle, Lars Tharp, Anne Stark, Viv ColeMiddle row (l-r): Pauline Martin, (Chairman),Angela Taylor, Sue Forbes, Jeff RatcliffeFront row (l-r): Sue Stephenson, Val CarrollAnniversarycelebrationsBlockley transforms frontal fromglue to goldBlockley HeritageVolunteers are celebratingafter completing therestoration of an altar frontal from Blockley village church, St Peter and St Paul.The beautiful gold andivory frontal had sufferedserious damage - and evenworse, earlier repairs hadbeen done with glue. Some£2,500 was needed forrestoration, so a letter wascirculated to potentialsponsors. One of thoseletters was sent to PamelaHudson-Bendersky, theformer Chairman of Blockley DFAS and nowleading the HeritageVolunteers. Pamela offeredthe help of the HeritageVolunteers to repair andrestore the altar frontalwithout charge other thanpayment for the necessarymaterials, which wereestimated at approximately£200-250. Months later, the frontal was restored toits previous glory and wasseen glowing in theflickering candlelight ofBlockley's carol service. Forty members of Sanderstead DFAS spent five days in Cardiff exploring its rich culture,including the cathedral, the castle, the NationalMuseum and the Millennium Centre. Another highlight was the visit to the Big PitNational Coal Mining Museum near Blaenafon,where members were kitted out in mining gearto learn more about the town that played a vitalpart in the Industrial Revolution. The tour was organised by MembershipSecretary Gill Duthie.Sandersteadmines Cardiff'scultureSussex bookdonation for WestDean CollegeDeirdre Booth, Sussex Area Chairman,presented Robert Pulley, Principal of West Dean College, Sussex with a copy of Behind the Acanthus -The NADFAS Storyfor the college library, when she visited on 16 November 2010. Sussex Area currently makes a generouscontribution to Rachel Lawson, who ispassionate about ceramics and is undertaking a postgraduate course in ceramic conservationat West Dean.