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Newsletter - December 2009


Christmas Party & Lecture

We hope a good time was had by all 180 or so members and guests at our Christmas Party on 15th December. Our Committee not only worked hard but succeeded in turning the foyer of the John Innes Centre into an appropriately festive setting with eats and drinks.  As Chairman David Wines said in his welcome, the wish is that we succeed in making the evening both a social and a sociable one, where members can become acquainted rather more.

An innovation in the talk by Jeanne Dolmetsch was the blending of music with slides and her readings. The wonders of a PowerPoint presentation!

Received from Jeanne today was a message saying she had enjoyed her time with us, and that our venue has ‘the best equipment I have ever experienced for a lecture’.

Goldsmiths’ Hall

Many members who were at the November meeting, the talk by Rosemary Ransome Wallis on silverware, have expressed their interest in a visit to the Goldsmiths’ Hall, as mentioned by Rosemary. We now have the necessary contact details from her to look further into seeing if such a trip is possible.

You may remember that Rosemary provided us with a catalogue, ‘Treasures of Today, Silver from Goldsmiths’ Hall, 1980 to 2008’. The catalogue will be available at our forthcoming meetings for any members who would like to leaf through its beautiful illustrations.

And for the future, we have been in contact with one of the Norfolk silversmiths mentioned in the talk to consider a visit in 2011 to Ickworth Hall, where a series of lectures and workshops on silverware will be held. Watch this space.

A New Year

As you know, a Norwich DFAS year begins in May, not January. Our various committees are hard at work now compiling lectures, visits and events for 2010/2011 and already some different and exciting possibilities are taking shape. We aim to be able to publish our full programme, both printed and online during March.

This has been a very successful year for adding new members to Norwich DFAS but, as we have space at the John Innes, we are always keen to have more join us. Please be thinking of relations, friends and acquaintances who would enjoy what we offer ‘with the best equipment ever experienced for a lecture’.  We gave out six NADFAS 2010 diaries as a thank you to members who recently introduced new members to us.

From all of us at Norwich DFAS ’command’, a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year. We look forward to meeting again and exploring the arts in 2010.


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