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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

Sarum DFAS enjoyed a visit to Norfolk, staying in the heart of Norwich. A guided tour of the cathedral was followed by a City Walking Tour, taking in cobbled lanes and Tudor merchants' houses. The highlight was a private guided tour of Holkham Hall, full of wonderful paintings, furniture and treasures, yet still a family home. At Sandringham House the group saw the Royal Family's residence and all their memorabilia. En route to Norfolk the group visited Hatfi eld House, catching the fi nal week of the Henry Moore exhibition (below).During its Dedication Day Service on 6 November, Holy Trinity Church, Watermoor (in Cirencester) was presented with its Church Record by the Cirencester Church Recording Group. The service celebrated the church's 160th birthday and this happy occasion was followed by a delicious high tea and a chance for the Church Recorders to meet the parishioners.The architect of Holy Trinity was George Gilbert Scott and this was one of his fi rst churches to be built after he set up his own architectural practice. Among the treasures of the church are the amazing stone carvings of the Gefl owski brothers. Edward and Maurice are little known today, but Edward was famous in Victorian times.Cirencester gives a 160th birthday present to Holy Trinity churchSarum takes in Norfolk wondersBucks young carers get chance to run wild Photos: The children enjoyed creating art using natural materials ? ANNE HOPKINSONDukeries DFAS is sad to announce the death of its founding member, Anne Hopkinson, on 21 September.Anne (who is pictured below) founded the Dukeries Society 30 years ago. At that time this warm, friendly, energetic lady had just settled in Worksop, after her husband, Dick, had retired from the Army. Societies in Sheffi eld had lengthy waiting lists at the time, which is what prompted Anne to start the Dukeries Society. Anne had two successful terms as Society Chairman, was an Area Representative and also organised the Society's Study Days until comparatively recently. Anne loved the arts and will be greatly missed by her many NADFAS friends, both members and lecturers alike. Our thoughts are with Dick and his family.OBITUARIESAt the end of May, West Wycombe DFAS sponsored a 'Day in the Woods' at Aston Rowant Nature Reserve for 30 young carers from the High Wycombe Area. The idea was to give these children, many from troubled backgrounds, a day of freedom and fresh air; and the opportunity to be creative in a natural environment.After a tractor ride, the six-to-10-year-olds started on an adventure trail stopping fi rst to create clay wood fairies from feathers, dead snails, moss and anything else that could be scavenged. Then it was time to design monsters and dragons from fallen logs and twisted branches, followed by den building.The day was impressively organised by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofi eld of Run Wild. The children declared the day to be a huge success, giving them a new experience through art.www.nadfas.org.uk NADFAS REVIEW / SPRING 2012 69 SOCIETIES/AREAS NEWS