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page 76 REVIEW / WINTER 2011 71SOCIETIES NEWSRibble and Craven work on church trioThree churches have been keepingmembers of Ribble and CravenDFAS busy.When members presented theirbound Record of St Nicholaschurch, Sabden, in Lancashire, tothe vicar and congregation, thepresentation (pictured) had to takeplace in the church hall whereservices are being held pending?CAMBRIDGE DFAS On 16 June 2011, over 90members and guestscelebrated Cambridge DFAS's40th Anniversary at a summerparty in the Betty Wu LeeGardens at Wolfson College,Cambridge. The weather waskind and the conversationflowed freely while membersenjoyed deliciousrefreshments. Among thosewho attended were CDFASfounder and President VivianTubbs (left), Vice President,Val Chivers (second left)National Chairman GriHarrison (second from right),together with currentChairman Janet Dye (right) andseveral past Chairmen. Shortspeeches by Val Chivers andGri Harrison paid tribute tofounder and current PresidentVivian Tubb's pioneering work,which led to the establishmentof the Society in 1971. Acelebratory cake was cut anda toast was made to the futureof the Society, which has nowgrown to 430 members.?CLAREMONT DFASCLADFAS members marked the Society's 35th anniversary with a summer day of 'Dance in Art' and a delicious lunch at The Menuhin Hall. Chairman Maureen Sykes was delighted to welcome National Chairman Gri Harrison; East Surrey Area Chairman Lyn Slade; founder member and former Chairman Ann Wickham; and Pamela Rider from Claremont Fan Court School.ANNIVERSARIESNeedwood DFAS has had a busy year,supporting a number of different ventures: thecontinuing support of the art department ofthe local high school; and arranging donationsto the repair fund at Lichfield Cathedral stafffor the seven 16th-century FlemishHerkenrode windows in the Lady Chapel ofthe cathedral, which are in urgent need ofspecialist repair.On a day out, members visited LaskettGardens in Herefordshire, home of writer,broadcaster and art historian Sir Roy Strong,as well as Kentchurch Court inMonmouthshire, the home of the BoscobelHouse where King Charles II hid after thebattle of Worcester. Visits were also made toDumfries House, Stirling Castle, HopetounHouse and Edinburgh. A day study course entitled 'Cats in Art'lead by lecturer Adrian Sumner was also ahigh point of the year.repairs to the building after part ofthe ceiling fell down. SocietyChairman Janet Cummings said:"It's a reminder of how vital it is tohave these Records; churchbuildings can be subject to somany changes."Meanwhile, the team arecompleting work on St James,Altham, and will present the finalRecord in time to celebrate its500th anniversary in 2012.Members are also recording theirfirst Catholic church, St Mary's,Osbaldeston, which has anunusual altarpiece depicting theLancashire Martyrs. Notsurprisingly this varied work hasfeatured in the local press, helpingto raise awareness of their work.Needwood hasbusy yearBrighton and Hove DFAS sends an invitation to meet theSociety on the first Tuesday in each month at Hove TownHall. Coffee is served between 10:00 and 10:30 and ourlectures start at 10:45. Parking is available close by and theTown Hall is well-served by public transport. For further details please contact our membershipsecretary, Christine Goodman, on 01273 461889 or emailher at dmgood33@hotmail.comAbove:NADFAS Lecturer Ian Kelly at BHDFASNo waiting list at Brighton and Hove!

72NADFAS REVIEW / WINTER NEWScopy dates fornadfas review2012Spring 2012:09/01/12Summer 201223/03/12Autumn 2012:29/06/12Winter 2012:10/09/12If you are sending in newsitems for NADFAS Review andyou are able to email them,please send them sent separatelyshould be clearly labelled. Also, please avoid sendingphotos embedded in textdocuments as we are unableto use these.If text was previouslyemailed, please send a copyfor reference.We still welcome stories fromSocieties and members whodo not have access to email.We welcome all entries frommembers and would like toreceive more updates aboutSocieties to help us fillcapacity. We apologise tothose that have sent in stories that do not appear onthese pages; for us to be ableto reproduce your story inprint, photographic quality is key. Ideally, photos shouldbe emailed as jpeg or tiff files at print-quality highresolution (300dpi).Many stories about Society activities are still being sentwithout accompanyingphotos. We encourage readersto always send in pictures.They make for a nicer lookingmagazine and give your storya much better chance of being featured. For details ofpicture specifications, pleaserefer to the information at thebottom of this page.South West London's adoptedpainting to make its debutTo celebrate its 35th anniversary,South West London DFASadopted a painting in need ofconservation and restoration atDulwich Picture Gallery. Thepainting of The Madonna and Childwith St Johnafter AnnibaleCarracci was languishing in thevaults of the gallery. The Societyraised a magnificent £2,500, whichincluded a grant of £500 from theGreater London Area of NADFAS,to enable the project to proceed.So that the painting could bereturned to its rightful place in thegallery following conservation, aspecial Cassetta picture frame hadto be made. To celebrate its 40thanniversary, the Society decided tofund this frame and £1,300 hasnow been raised and donated tothe gallery to complete the project. A fitting end of this project willbe the unveiling of the painting inDulwich Picture Gallery during itsbicentenary year, in time for theSociety's 40th anniversary in 2012.Above:Greater London AreaChairman (second left) and Societymembers with Sarah Moulden,Assistant Curator (centre)On a brilliantly sunny day, Fundraising ManagerStephanie Dennison at the Watts Gallery welcomedover 130 members and guests to thank the ShalfordDFAS for their generous help and support for over 25years since 1985. As part of the Hope Appeal, A Sea Ghostwasadopted by the Society in 2008 and this yearShalford is funding the purchase of a printing pressfor the Foyle Art for All learning studio, where work forThe Big Draw 2009 and 2010, sponsored byShalford, was also on display. After an introductory talk by Curator Mark Bills,everyone was free to explore the restored gallery: an exciting prospect as many members were familiar with the old layout. The verdict? "A transformation!"; "A spectacular gallery withpaintings and sculpture to inspire old and youngalike!"; "A wonderful place to visit and, of course,excellent tea and cakes!"Left: Amember of Shalford DFAS with Watts' AlfredLord Tennyson sculpture at the Watts GalleryShalford enjoysthanks, talk and teaat Watts Gallery