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Newsletter - November 2009


Turkish Delight

Please take time to visit our website,, to read an account from our party that visited Istanbul earlier this month. Once you have logged on, go to VISITS & EVENTS, and at the foot of that page you will see ‘TREASURES OF ISTANBUL’. Click on here and a wonderful selection of photographs by Erica Moore will run through to accompany Hilary Payne’s report of the visit. No more is needed in this Newsletter to better the website’s depiction of the excellent time had by those who travelled.

From now, should we call ourselves ‘The Dafs’, flowers all?

Rosemary Ransome Wallis – November Lecture

This month, we were treated to an outstanding Lecture on 20th Century Silver. When we receive a high quality lecture, the number of Feedback responses is correspondingly high, hence to date the results are still being collated. The summary will be sent in the next day or so, but there are many comments along the lines of ‘the best NDFAS lecture ever attended’.

Rosemary Ransome Wallis kindly presented us with an illustrated catalogue compiled by her, which shows many of the pieces she spoke on. She also made us aware of  the availability of the Goldsmiths in London as a possible venue for a visit.

In addition, she provided us with contact details of three artists working with silver and residing in Norfolk. We have spoken to one of these – Miriam Hanid – concerning a programme she will be doing in summer 2012 (some way off) at Ickworth House in Suffolk. She will be a resident silversmith there, doing demonstrations for three weeks whilst running a basic workshop. There will also be items of her work for sale in the shop at Ickworth. Nearer the time, we will obtain more details with a view to planning a visit. In the meantime, you may like to visit Miriam Hanid’s website at where, by navigating around it, you will find some beautiful illustrations of her work.

You might care to know that Miriam found our website ‘really inspiring.’ Depending on taste, perhaps not as inspiring as hers!

Your Feedback Reports

If you wonder as to the value of your Feedback reports and comments on lectures, we have received from NADFAS HOUSE  confirmation on the worth of these to them and Programme Secretaries. They have provided us with an analysis of their findings throughout the UK. In all, there were 3,548 reports received by them for Lectures and Special Interest Days from September 08 to August 09.  Of these, 2,159 (66.5%) were rated as Outstanding or Excellent; 980 (30.1%) as Very Good or Good; 110 (3.4%) as Satisfactory or Poor.

East Anglia Area DFAS

At the November meeting, details were given of two events organised by our East Anglia Area DFAS:

A Special Interest Day on Tuesday 18th May 2010 – Britten & Piper.

John Piper worked with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears as set designer, his wife, Myffanwy as librettist on several of the operas. The Special Interest Day is a tour of the Snape Concert Hall, followed by a lecture on the Pipers by Frances Spalding. After lunch, there is a visit to the Red House, Britten and Pears’ home in Aldeburgh (limited numbers, first come basis), and lecture by Caroline Harding. Costs are £14 per head, morning; £7 for afternoon visit. Lunch is at Snape Maltings, payment there.

This event is NOT organised by us but if you are interested, please contact David Wines (details in your membership booklet), who will provide the necessary information.

A Trip to Andalucia, 4th to 10th October 2010

The tour includes Granada, Cordoba and Seville and the many attractions of those cities. Cost, including flights, for 7 days is £899. A single person supplement charge is £175.­­­­­

Again, this event is NOT organised by us but by East Anglia Area DFAS. Details, as before, from David Wines.

Our Christmas Party Meeting

This is ‘Final Call’ for our Christmas Talk with Festive Eats and Mulled Wine, on December 15th. Our speaker is Jeanne Dolmetsch of the renowned Dolmetsch family and her talk on Christmas Music 13th to 20th Centuries will include music excerpts.
Please be there from 6.15 pm. Cost is £13 per head to include food, drink and talk. Please send your cheque (payable to NorwichDFAS) by 30th November to David Wines, address details in membership card.

We look forward to seeing you there.


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