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Offi ce and HR Manager for NADFAS Christina Briant recently celebrated 20 years working for the Association. Her long service was toasted at a small ceremony where she was thanked by NADFAS National Chairman Gri Harrison for all her hard work. Christina, who has worked in various departments over the years, is a popular and familiar face to many regular visiting volunteers and staff. In the NADFAS Education Department there have also been changes, with another long-serving member of staff, Edward Bradshaw, taking on the role of Acting Education Manager. Edward, who has been working for NADFAS for 10 years will be covering for Katherine Hill while she is on maternity leave. Katherine gave birth to twin girls, named Jessica and Eleanor, earlier this month. Suzanne Coulman will be acting as Education Offi cer during this time. National Chairman Gri Harrison's term of offi ce has been completed and NADFAS extends a warm welcome to her successors. From May, the new National Chairman is Jill Makepeace-Warne and the Vice Chairman is Janet Thomson. Profi les of both will feature in the summer issue of the Review.National News National Association headlines and updates, plus news of events and projects from around the UKNADFAS House celebrates longservice and new appointmentsNADFAS welcomes new National ChairmanBelow: Taking the helm: Jill Makepeace-Warne (top) and Janet ThomsonPictured top: National Chairman Gri Harrison (left) presents a gift to long-serving staff member Christina Briant, in recognition of the two decades she has worked for the AssociationPictured bottom: Edward Bradshaw, who takes up the role of Acting Education Manager, with Suzanne Coulman, Acting Education Offi cer 6 NADFAS REVIEW / SPRING 2012 NEWS

Isle of Man DFAS recently awarded two young artists a £250 bursary each and later found the story covered by the local BBC news website. Isle of Man DFAS member Helen Leigh, together with the local Department of Education, managed to bring the story of bursary winners Alex Beadle and Tamara Halsall to the attention of the local BBC. The article highlighted NADFAS's activities, including its Young Arts and heritage conservation remit, and can be viewed at the following link: online coverage follows Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt's recent enthusiastic tweet for NADFAS in which he held the Association up as a "great example of the power of volunteering in the arts".NADFAS's presence on online and social media sites, including Twitter and Facebook, continues to grow. Follow www.twitter/NADFAS or search 'NADFAS' on The Association is also about to launch its new website (full update in the summer Review) - but in the meantime, do visit for Association news and updates.Hebridean Island Cruises has received Royal approval with the award of a Royal Warrant. The company, part of Roger Allard's All Leisure Group, operates the 50-passenger Hebridean Princess.The vessel was chartered in 2006 and again in 2010 by Her Majesty the Queen for private holidays with her family, cruising in the Western Isles of Scotland, as they used to do in the former Royal Yacht Britannia. Everyone at Hebridean Island Cruises is absolutely delighted to have been awarded the Royal Warrant by Her Majesty the Queen. This is a great honour especially to be the only cruise CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONSIn last issue's National News section (see page 7) we ran an item entitled 'How to take a good photo' accompanied by a photograph of a NADFAS group tour. We omitted to caption the photograph, which showed members of Stratford-upon-Avon DFAS during a visit to St Petersburg. We would like to thank Stratford-upon-Avon for their photograph, which was chosen for its strong composition and because it refl ected members' enthusiasm and enjoyment. You can read a full report of their time in St Petersburg on page 72.Isle of Man bursary awards get local BBC news coverageNADFAS travel affi liate receives Royal WarrantSave the dateThe Guildhall Art Gallery will be showing treasures from the Livery Companies in its Diamond Jubilee/Cultural Olympiad summer show, Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker - 850 Years of London Livery Company Treasures(www.guildhallartgallery.cityofl Such gems are not normally available for viewing by the public, so the event offers a unique opportunity to see the works of these historic City of London guilds. The exhibition begins on Friday 22 May. Full details will follow in the summer Review.ship to have received such an accolade.Hebridean Princess is currently nearing the end of a major refi t and refurbishment before re-entering service on 1 March for what will be a 24th season cruising the Clyde Estuary and Hebrides.In further tours news, Tailored Travel Limited has now stepped down as a Tour NADFAS Travel Affi liate. They will continue as one of our travel advertisers offering their range of holidays to Societies. We would like to thank Tailored Travel for their support since joining our Affi liate Programme in NADFAS REVIEW / SPRING 2012 7NATIONAL NEWS