ADFAS Celebrates 50 years March 2017

ADFAS members and guests celebrate our 50 years in style on 8th March 2017!!

On Wednesday evening, as planned, we held a celebration dinner to mark the fiftieth anniversary year of Ashridge DFAS. 50 members and guests enjoyed a chat over a glass of bubbles, followed by a delicious meal and congenial company in pleasant surroundings at Boxmoor Lodge Hotel in Hemel Hempstead. 

We welcomed several special guests.   Herts and Beds District Chairman Pat Styles spoke to greet us and wish us a Happy Anniversary, and later in the evening Michael Shirley, a NADFAS Trustee, gave us an update on current thinking and happenings at NADFAS House - especially the Association's own golden anniversary plans for next year, and the re-branding of NADFAS to become The Arts Society.

We invited Lady Liz Prosser, now the oldest (historically) ex- Chairman present on the night, to cut our 50th birthday cake, which we then enjoyed with our coffee.

We were also very interested to hear from Nicola Collins, Head of Art and Design at John F Kennedy School in Hemel Hempstead, about the work her students are doing using the printing press which we helped them to obtain last year.  She spoke to tell us how the project is progressing, and also brought some examples of the students' work for us to admire.  Some of us are hoping to visit her department and "have a go" very soon!

Our Chairman, Valerie Gunn, thanked all who had contributed to the Society over the years, making the point that there are always many unsung heroes, not just the Officers and Committee, without whom we could not function. She expressed admiration of all that had been achieved and enjoyed over the years, and led members in a Toast to the Society.

 

Below we have a selection of photographs taken at this event 

01 Your history of ADFAS brought up todate
01 Your history of ADFAS brought up todate
02 To remind our audience why we are here
02 To remind our audience why we are here!
03 Committee members Pam Langdon-Pratt (Young Arts Co-ordinator) and Julie Griffiths (Residential Trips Organiser)
03 Committee members Pam Langdon-Pratt (Young Arts Co-ordinator) and Julie Griffiths (Residential Trips Organiser) 
04 Chairman Valerie Gunn and Lecturer Audio Superviser Mike Ansell
04 Chairman Valerie Gunn and Lecturer Audio Superviser Mike Aylward
05 Some of the table decorations
05 Some of the table decorations
06 Early in the evening with Col John Ansell and Committe Meber Liz Woods
06 Early in the evening with Col John Ansell and Committe Member Liz Wood
07 Party scene
07 Party scene
8 The mandatory party cake
08 The mandatory party cake
09 Ex Chairman Lady Liz Prosser cutting the cake
09 Ex Chairman Lady Liz Prosser cutting the cake
10 Head of Art and Design Nicola Collins telling the company how she and her pupils have benefitted from the Young Arts Bequest courtesy of Gift Aid with NADFAS Trust Michael Shirley in the foreground!
10 Head of Art and Design Nicola Collins at John F Kennedy School telling the assembled company how she and her pupils have benefitted from the Young Arts bequest courtesy of Gift Aid with NADFAS Trustee Michael Shirley seated in front of her facing the camera!
11 Some of the print art from pupils at John F Kennedy School
11 Some of the print art from pupils at John F Kennedy School
12 Publicity Co ordinator Mary Smethurst with Speaker Nicola
12 ADFAS Publicity Co-ordinator Mary Smethurst with Guest Speaker Nicola
After the event
This is an email received following the ADFAS party from Roy Simmons, Chairman of ADFAS from 2001 to 2004 to our Secretary:

Dear Judy,

Just to tell you how much we enjoyed last night's celebratory dinner. We thought that the tables were beautifully decorated; the printed information/menus most impressive and the company great fun! It was evident that a good deal thought had gone into the planning and execution of the event - and it was much appreciated.

Best wishes,

Jill and Roy Simmons