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Dorking DFASjudgesBookplateCompetitionWinners of a Bookplate DesignCompetition for Dorking'ssecondary schools - part of a two-year Young Arts project run byDorking DFAS, were recentlyannounced. Both the winner andthe runner-up came from StarhurstSchool, a school for boys withsocial, emotional and behaviouraldifficulties. The culmination of theproject saw the winning bookplateused for the nine two-volume setsof Art Books for Children, whichthe Society presented to schools inthe Dorking area.Above:The winning pupils fromStarhurst School with BeverleyMehta, DDFAS Young ArtsRepresentative (left) and SueTatham, DDFAS Chairman (right)and Rebecca Fuller, StarhurstArt teacher (centre).www.nadfas.org.ukNADFAS REVIEW / AUTUMN 2011 69SOCIETIES NEWSHoniton DFAS gets a'taste of Cornwall'Following a lecture on "Houses and Gardens of Cornwall" in April byHelen McCabe, Honiton DFAS took a four-day trip to Cornwall to see forthemselves. They visited vibrantly colourful gardens at Caerhays Castle(pictured, bottom), Boskenna Manor and Trelissick Gardens as well asPenlee House Gallery and Museumand Prideaux Place. They alsomanaged to take in King Learstarring Sir Derek Jacobi.Another highlight was visitingLeach Pottery in St Ives. NADFASSW Area helped support theLeach Project (pictured, left), whichcelebrates the life, work, influencesand legacy of Bernard Leach. Theweather was perfect - even thesailing to Trelissick Gardens waswithout a ripple! ?CIRENCESTER DFASCirencester DFAS celebratedits 25th anniversary in April2011 with a luncheon held atRendcomb College formembers and spouses. Over 100 people attendedthe event and theentertainment was providedby Peter Medhurst on Gilbertand Sullivan.The photograph shows (leftto right) Jenny Colmer,President; Sally Kitching,Chairman of West MerciaArea; Peter Medhurst,NADFAS lecturer; StellaMartin, Chairman.?KENNET DFAS Kennet DFAS celebrated its25th anniversary at the Maylecture with a celebrationcake for all those present, andfour of its past Chairmenjoined the current committeeat lunch - pictured (l-r) are LizTurner, Deborah Stewart-Lockhart, Jane Fox and NestaWaine (Founding Chairman)with the current Chairman,Vanessa Hallam, at the rearANNIVERSARIES

70NADFAS REVIEW / AUTUMN 2011www.nadfas.org.ukSOCIETIES NEWS?TEST VALLEY DFAS In June, Test Valley DFAScelebrated its 40thanniversary with lunch forover 100 Members. Guestswere Heather Stewart,Hampshire Area Chairman,and Gri Harrison, NationalChairman of NADFAS who cutthe Anniversary cake andspoke of her vision forNADFAS. Jonathan Hindengave an excellent lecture onBizet's Carmenwith pianoaccompaniment.Pictured with Gri Harrisonare Sylvia Burson, Chairman,and sitting Jean Ward,President and foundermember.?BRUSSELS DFAS Brussels DFAS marked its25th anniversary with alecture by Deborah Howard,Professor of ArchitecturalHistory at the University ofCambridge. Her lecture on theImpact of the Islamic Worldon the Architecture of Venicesupplied the inspiration for theevening's Venetian theme. TheBrussels Madrigal Singersdelighted members with aselection of Venetian, Britishand Belgian madrigals. In lieuof a lecture fee, the Societymade a donation to theCambridge 800 Campaign, amajor fundraising effort whichmarks the University's 800thAnniversary and provides anendowment to safeguard itsfuture excellence in researchand scholarship. ANNIVERSARIESTwenty-five LeDFAS and East Surrey Area Members recentlyreturned from a trip to Santiago de Compostela, where theytook in the three ancient'caminos' - ingles, norte andfrances - visited the cities ofOviedo, Lugo, Santiago, LaCoruña, Leon, Burgos andBilbao, as well as theancient towns on thepilgrimage route ofSantillana, Betanzos,Ponferrada, and Astorga.The group visited awealth of Romanesque and Gothic art and architecture enroute, and an enjoyable time was had by all. To find out more about the sitesvisited, see www.ledfas.org.uk/Gallery/Santiago/Pictures.aspxAbove:The group visited Arco de Santa Maria, Burgos Right:JPG Gaudi's Episcopal Palace Astorga also featured in the trip itineraryHolderness DFAS launches Church Trail (with cake!)Intrepid Leatherhead DFAS travellersFollowing a major fundraising effort to renovate their parish church, The Paull Village Heritage Group have set up a Village Trail that begins at the parish church of St Andrew's and leads visitors around this small village on the estuary of the Humber. Visitors enjoy looking round the delightful church, which opens forrefreshments (including wonderful home-baked cakes) during the spring and summer months on Saturday,Sunday and Bank Holiday afternoons. To enhance this experience the group asked HoldernessDFAS to write a Children's Church Trail under the guidanceof NADFAS. Four members worked with St Andrew's Parish to create a Trail for 8- to 12-year-olds, which hasboth drawings and photographs to help the children findtheir way around.David Hall, Vice Chairman of Holderness DFAS, presentedthe church with the Trail in the presence of some 30 guests including local councillors, Holderness DFASmembers, members of the Paull parish and 30 children from the Junior Class of Paull Primary School, who then greatly enjoyed doing the trail; not to mention the cakes afterwards!Members of Newmarket DFAS recently headed westwardsto Tewkesbury Abbey where they saw some beautifulElizabethan copes, Elgar's birthplace and Worcester'sPorcelain Museum. After a visit to the Chained Library andMappa Mundi at Hereford, the group was delighted to haveSir Roy Strong talk to them at Lasketts garden followed byan explanation of the strange carvings at Kilpeck Church.Finally, the members travelled to Cardiff to visit LlandaffCathedral and see Jacob Epstein's statue of the RisenChrist, the delightful Castel Coch and the harbour area andArt Gallery. A very full and worthwhile five-day tour!Newmarket's tour to the Welsh Marches