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Medway DFAS has, for the last two years, sponsored Robert Roach, a promising young student who is studying the BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design at UCA Rochester. The bursary has helped with the cost of travel and the cost of purchasing specialist materials. Robert said: "I plan to do the BA in contemporary photography at UCA Rochester in the hope of becoming a fashion photographer for magazines like Vogue. I would like to thank all at Medway DFAS for their help and encouragement."Sparkenhoe Arts Society raised £2,250 for the charity Pass It On Africa during a magic evening with NADFAS-accredited lecturer and Magic Circle magician Bertie Pearce in November. Members so enjoyed his lecture on Wonder Workers and the Art of Illusion earlier in the year that they invited him back for their latest Young Arts project: to raise funds for an arts and crafts facility in Busumbala in the Gambia. The facility is intended to support up to 65 children a year, many of whom are orphans or victims of abuse. Here they will learn different skills, including Bath Evening DFAS has been welcomed back to the top picture gallery of Holburne Museum after four years' absence at the Guildhall, during which the museum has undergone a £10m extension. State-of-the-art projection equipment, new chairs and a lift now make lectures a more comfortable and pleasurable experience. The October lecturer, Dr Celia Fisher, joined members in celebrating the occasion together with Ann Hopkins-Clark, the Chairman at the fi rst meeting 20 years ago, and Dr Philip Jones her most recent successor. Seen in the photograph are (from left) Ann Hopkins-Clark, Dr Philip Jones, Rosalind Macdonald, Dr Celia Fisher, Alastair Cowan (Treasurer) and former Programme Secretary Olive Turner.Wilmslow DFAS travelled by coach over to Normandy and the Loire Valley during the second half of September 2011. This was a week's holiday organised by member Stephen Swinfi n in conjunction with Tailored Travel. The weather bathed all the sites in glorious sunshine. What better way could there be to see Rouen, Tours or Honfl eur? The fl owers and vegetables in the gardens of Villandry, Valloires and Giverny A Vogue ambition Sparkenhoe supports Africa charityWelcome return to the HolburneWilmslow DFAS discovers French majestytraditional African arts and crafts, which will enable them to earn a living while also helping to ensure that local African arts and crafts skills are passed down to the next generation. To learn about Pass It On Africa, or to make a donation, visit www.pioafrica.org.uksparkled with colour. The Chateaux of Chenonceau and Beaumesnil hovered imperiously over their watery moats. Those of Amboise, Angers and Azay-le-Rideau reminded the tour of the opulent life enjoyed by French nobles. The Abbeys of Fontevraud and Le Bec were pristine examples of past and present monastic life, whereas that of Jumieges was a majestic ruin. www.nadfas.org.uk NADFAS REVIEW / SPRING 2012 67 SOCIETIES/AREAS NEWS

At least one annual treat in the shape of a short cultural adventure holiday, promoted and organised by the redoubtable Frances Clarke, has become an important part of the Ross-on-Wye DFAS calendar. In September, a party of 35 members fl ew from Bristol to Krakow in Southern Poland for a fi ve-night stay in the wonderful and surprising medieval city. As well as the cathedral and several icon-fi lled churches, the group walked to the Cloth Hall and to the Jewish Quarter, where dinner was regaled by a troupe of local dancers and singers. Another evening's dinner, in an 18th-century palace, was preceded by a Chopin concert given by a talented local young pianist. Some members undertook the solemn pilgrimage to Auschwitz nearby, but perhaps the highlight for many was a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, from which salt has been extracted for 700 years. An enormous cathedral has been carved out underground and the salt statuary was awe-inspiring.Church Recorders from Beds & Herts Area gathered at Clifton, Bedfordshire, on 28 September to celebrate the completion of 100 Church Records since 1973. The 101st Record (All Saints, Clifton) was presented in the church and a celebratory tea was enjoyed in the church hall where a certifi cate for the 100th record (St Michael & All Angels, Waterford) was presented together with a toast to past, present and future Recorders. Past Records were on display including the fi rst two from 1973 and 1974. A celebratory cake was made by one of the group leaders. Photo: (l-r) Alexa Holland, Volunteering Offi cer, NADFAS House; Joyce MC Wallis, Church Recorders Area Representative; Ann Hollis, Area ChairmanThe Big Draw on 8 October in the Richmond area was funded and organised by North Yorkshire & South Durham DFAS. Students and staff from the Darlington Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College lent their enthusiastic help in what was a hugely successful and creative day. Over 300 children and adults from all over the region took part in various 'drawing' activities, creating illuminated letters, thumb-print animals, portraits, cartoons, earthly, unearthly and undersea worlds... at one point the converted station at Richmond, where the event was held, was entirely wrapped in a giant eye-catching charcoal and chalk mural!Carole le Duc, Chairman of the Society, was delighted with the attendance and atmosphere on the day, commenting: "What an amazing buzz! We hope that the event has inspired children and adults to just pick up a pencil or pen and keep drawing."Ross-on-Wye enjoys iconic KrakowBeds & Herts Recorders join one hundred clubNorth Yorks & South Durham provides a Big DrawPhoto: All generations took part ? JIM BURGESSNewbury DFAS is sorry to report the death of Jim Burgess on 13 November at the age of 92. In 1988 Jim set up the book conservation project at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and led the teams from the Newbury and Goring Societies for 12 years, when he left to join a Church Recorders group nearer to his home, where he was able to use his great skill in draughtsmanship. Jim devised the 'Burgess Box' for dusting books and supplied a number of these to the Heritage Volunteers who were working on the books at Windsor Castle after the major fi re there in 1992. Book conservation at Harris Manchester College has now been completed, two weeks after Jim's death. ? JOHN TARRANTJohn Tarrant died very suddenly on 29 September, aged 78 years. John Tarrant was Chairman of Rushcliffe DFAS from November 2005-2008. From May 2008 he was the East Midlands Deputy Area Chairman and East Midlands Area Trainer. Assisting NADFAS Trustee Sally Wykeham and Chairman of Training Sue O'Brien, were among his many duties.John was an incredibly conscientious and dedicated individual, and he always managed to fi t his NADFAS activities into his busy and very diversifi ed life. Sally Wykeham attended John's funeral as a representative of the NADFAS Trustees. He will be greatly missed.OBITUARIES 68 NADFAS REVIEW / SPRING 2012 www.nadfas.org.ukSOCIETIES/AREAS NEWS