North Buckinghamshire Decorative and Fine Arts Society has been in existence since January 2009.  This NADFAS society covers the North Buckinghamshire area including Milton Keynes.  It meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month (except July and August) at Lovat Hall in Newport Pagnell.   Coffee is at 10.15am, chairman's notices at 10.50am, and the lecture at 11.00am. 

Next meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 8th March 2018 when Professor Michelle Brown will give a talk entitled Illuminated Manuscripts – Medieval Makers and Users.

The Society's 2017 holiday

Our Society has a Holiday planned for 2017.  It is to the beautiful and historic City of Vienna and includes the Danube Valley with an afternoon cruise on the river.  We are travelling with Tailored Travel who we have found from experience to be first class.  The Holiday is for 5 days and departure is on 15th October.

A copy of the Brochure can be found here.  The special features of the Holiday include:

  • A full programme of excursions and guided tours including the afternoon cruise on The Danube

  • Staying at a 4* superior Hotel

  • The price includes all entry fees for visits, gratuities and travel to and from the airport.

It should be an excellent Holiday and only a few places remain unbooked so if you would like to go on the Holiday, it is necessary to book now.

AGM 2016

The Society's AGM took place on 14 April 2016. Nick Griffin was thanked by Loie Perkins, our new Chairman, who gave him a book token as thanks for his three years chairmanship.  Sue Binnie and Barbara Ensor stood down, but three new committee members were elected: Bill Robinson, Linda Whyte and Nadyne Coles.

The AGM was followed by an outstanding lecture by Eric Shanes, who perfectly interwove the story of Mahler's life with lovely slides of where he grew up and where he went to reflect and write, together with extracts from some of his symphonies.  Eric's knowledge was huge and he put it over in a fascinating and very professional way.  He has been lecturing for 50 years, so no wonder he was good.  The following week, the Sunday Times did a review of an academic book he has written on the first 40 years of Turner's life, and it was excellent.

Member Survey 2016

At our meeting in February Julia Campion gave a short presentation about the results of our Member Survey carried out in 2015.  The slides are now available here.

Our newsletters are now available in the Notices section.

Visit to Eton College

We were fortunate to have the opportunity to have a tour of the famous Eton College buildings, the College Chapel with its amazing wall paintings and beautiful and colourful Piper and Horner windows, also the Head Master's Chamber with its ancient wall paintings. The Curator of their Fine Art Collection gave us a short overview of their collection, together a few examples, followed by their latest exhibition for one of their year groups on the history of maps and map making. Leaving portraits of the Princes William and Harry were also on display.

Church Recorders

After lunch the Keeper of the Collections took the group to the magnificent new Jafar Gallery with its collection of Antiquities where we were able to browse in our own time.

Thanks should go to Theo Henshilwood for organising such an interesting visit.



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