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Newsletter - June 2009


June Lecture, Queen Zenobia and the City of Palmyra

The new Lecture Assessment cards (please see below) provided at the meeting on June 16th, together with our Online Feedback reports (of which there was a heartening number), indicate that George Hart’s talk was enjoyed but thought to be lacking in what a cross-section of members would have preferred i.e. rather more about Queen Zenobia with a better variety of illustrations of this remarkable site. Nevertherless, the scale and magnificence of Palmyra’s ruins were a revelation to members unfamiliar with this ancient city. The lecture assessment analysis will follow.

Lecture Assessment Cards

Online readers will be aware that after each lecture we provide a Feedback link for members to help with our report to NADFAS House. For those not online, we have introduced a small report card of which a limited number are given out at each meeting for completion on the night. The gradings and comments on these cards joined with the online Feedback will give a better cross-section of opinion.

Crisis looming!

At Tuesday’s meeting David Wines informed members that our excellent Treasurer, Richard Bennett, at some time in the near future would be leaving Norfolk, hence vacating this vital post with us. It is imperative for the working of Norwich DFAS to have a competent Treasurer. If any member has bookkeeping skills, please will you make those skills available by volunteering to fill the post of Treasurer. Richard will be able to school any newcomer in what is needed. Please don’t be hesitant. Kindly contact David Wines a.s.a.p., phone and email details in your Membership/Programme card.

Round Up

As the June 16th meeting was our last until September 15th, here is a reminder of events taking place in the summer and soon after, so that members are able to support them. Full details have previously been supplied but contact details repeated below.

Thursday 2nd July, trip to Compton Verney, Art Gallery and Robert Adam Mansion. If interested and not already booked, please contact Monique Bourns NOW (details in Membership/Programme card).

BesthorpeThursday, 23rd July, Summer Garden Party, at Besthorpe Hall, from 2.30 pm.

Invitation and directions already provided. Acceptance required by 4th July. Please contact Gill Hatton. (Details in Membership/Programme card).




Thursday 3rd September, trip to Peterborough Cathedral and Elton Hall

Flyer distributed at the June 16th meeting or posted to those unable to attend. Acceptances to Madeline Weston by 31st July. (Details in Membership/Programme Card).

Tuesday, 6th October, Special Interest Day (previously titled Study Day)

‘Jewellery – Antique and 20th Century’ with John Benjamin, a frequent contributor to the BBC Antiques Roadshow television programme. The final, afternoon, session where items of jewellery brought along by members are appraised is reported to be the highly popular feature of the day. The Park Farm Hotel at Hethersett will be our new venue for this annual event. Acceptances, please, by 15th September to David Wines. (Details in Membership/Programme card).

BBC Eggheads Quiz

We have received an invitation to take part in an audition in Norwich for this popular BBC2 TV programme. We are required to provide six team members and at the time of writing there appears to be a possibility of doing this. If anyone is interested at this stage, please contact David Wines.

Turkey before Christmas

It’s very pleasing to report that all 20 places and more have been taken for our November visit to Istanbul, and tempting to think that our visit to the RA’s Byzantium Exhibition and April’s lecture on Istanbul helped kindle interest.

New Members

We are delighted to welcome a good number of new names to our 2009/2010 Year begun in May. Don’t forget that any existing member who introduces a new member to Norwich DFAS receives a thank you gift of the excellent NADFAS 2010 diary. We have already given out the first of these.

This year’s New Members’ Tea Party was held on Sunday 21st June in very considerate, rain-relenting weather at the home of committee member, Monique Bourns and we thank her for her hospitality. A total of 24 new members and committee stalwarts enjoyed a sumptuous strawberry tea.

Next Meeting Tuesday, September 15th

A little way off, but please mark your diaries, if you have not already done so. The lecture topic is Heraldry in English Churches; our speaker will be Chloe Cockerill.

Newsletter July and August

There will be no Newsletter for our 2 months’ break, but we will send out occasional reminders and any news of consequence.

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