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'Through a vibrant network of local societies, NADFAS opens up the world of arts to everyone. With monthly lectures on a broad range of topics as well as study days, educational visits and holidays at home and abroad, a NADFAS society is not just a great way to learn - it's a fun way of making new and lasting friendships.'
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'Are you interested in learning about the arts and art history? Or in helping to conserve our heritage? Or making new friends who also enjoy lectures, visiting galleries or days out? Then NADFAS may be for you. You may already be a member and want to know more - this website is for you too.'
'The Area Team offers support to the 15 NADFAS societies in East Surrey ... Each society in East Surrey organises a full programme of lectures, study days, visits and tours and contact details for individual societies can be found on the “Societies” pages. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our societies or an Area event in the near future.'
>>> Member Societies
'Kent Area has 20 Member Societies of NADFAS - the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies. Every Society runs a programme of slide lectures on a wide variety of arts subjects, such as: painting, silver, worldwide architecture, ceramics, textiles, sculpture and more. Lectures are given by renowned experts in their field. Refreshments and a chance to mingle with friends, add to the sociable and enjoyable experience.'
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Access to details of some 20 Societies.
'Covering 23 member societies in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset ... Each NADFAS socieity is an independant body with its own constitution and traditions, but they all subscribe to the basic principles laid down by our founder, Patricia Fay and they have similar kinds of activities ... Most societies welcome guests for some or all of their activities on payment of a small fee.'
'From Chichester in the west to Hastings in the east there are twenty four individual Societies affiliated to the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies. The members of each Society enjoy a wide ranging programme of lectures, outings, and Study Days throughout the year, all organised by voluntary committees.'
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'A number of the 23 societies have their own websites ... click the name of any Society to be taken to its website or contact details.'
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'The West Mercia Area ... consists of 19 Member Societies situated in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire and Wales.'
Access to details of Local Societies within the Region: 'Our area team is here to enhance your time with NADFAS. There are 19 different areas. The West Midlands Area team serve 15 societies and over 4,000 members'.
'In the West Surrey Area of NADFAS there are 18 societies, from Runnymede in the north to Haslemere in the south. These societies promote the aims of NADFAS through lectures on the fine and decorative arts in the widest sense, as well as study days, visits and tours.'
>>> Lecture Programme ...
'Holds ten evening lectures during the year at 8pm (preceded by a glass of wine) on the second Tuesday of the month ... The lectures cover a wide range of subjects from individual artists to art movements through to music, architecture and the decorative arts. A précis appears in our quarterly Newsletter so you should have an idea of the content of the evening in advance ... Unlike many societies we do not have a waiting list, being fortunate in the size of our meeting venue which is the limiting factor for many groups. Guests are welcome at our lectures (on payment of a small fee).'
'Lecture meetings ... usually take place on either the ultimate or penultimate ... Thursday of the month. 2011 Lectures begin at 2.30 pm ... 2012 Lectures begin at 11.00 am ... Guests are welcome to attend most events. Arrangements are usually made through members but anyone wishing to attend a lecture may also register directly at the Society's registration desk. A guest who attends more than twice during a programme-year will be asked to join the Society.'
'Lecture meetings take place every third Tuesday of the month (except July and August), at 10.30 am for coffee.'
'All meetings are held on Wednesdays at 10.30 am ... Coffee is served 10.00 - 10.20 am ... Membership fee £30 annually. There are no vacancies at present and there is a short waiting list. However, in the meantime, why not become an associate member of NADFAS? Cost £15 annually and this enables receipt of the Review and any other concessions. Visits to lectures are restricted to three times a year with a donation of £5 to be asked for.'
>>> Lecture Programme, Study Days
'We meet on either the first or second Monday of each month (October to June) ... at 1.40 pm. Lunch is available beforehand from 12.30 pm ... Please note, we have no waiting list, and welcome new members at all times. Guests are always welcome. There is no need to book, and we charge £7.00 per lecture, payable at the door.'
>>> Programme ...
'The Society meets on the second Monday of the month (Sept - June) ... The Society has a membership of 200 and operates a waiting list for potential members due to constraints on the size of our venue.'
'The lectures are held on the first Thursday of each month, with the exception of September, when it is on the second Thursday. There are no lectures in January and August ... Our Society has a membership of 300 and we have a waiting list for new members.'
Winter monthly meetings, usually Monday afternoons: 'The hall opens at 1.45 pm when tea and coffee are served until 2.15 pm. Lectures begin promptly at 2.30 pm. Those attending are asked to be seated by 2.25 pm ... Waiting List Members must contact the Membership Secretary, normally at least 10 days in advance, to ensure that places are available (Fee is £3.50 per lecture). Sponsors of Visitors should do the same (Visitor Fee £4.00 per lecture): Members may not bring the same visitor more than three times in each programme session.'
Studio Theatre, The Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND, West Midlandswww.birminghamdfas.org.uk
'This year we have organised a series of ten lectures, on the second Wednesday morning of each month (except July and August). Only members and their guests may attend lectures ... There is currently a waiting list for new members.'
>>> Current Programme
'Meets on the second Tuesday of each month (excluding August and January) ... Lectures start at 10.45 am and coffee /tea is served from 10.00 am.'
'All meetings are on a Thursday, and start at 2 pm with tea and coffee, and lectures at 2.30.'
'We normally meet on the first Thursday morning of each month ... when we welcome a visiting speaker on a wide variety of topics from the world of art.'
'Lectures take place ... normally on the third Monday of the month between September and June each year ... BDFAS currently has around 250 members and a manageable waiting list. We welcome Visitors to any of our events (by prior arrangement with the Membership Secretary, please).'
'We meet in the Old Barn Hall on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Refreshments are served from 6.45 pm with the meeting starting at 7.30 pm and usually lasting about 75 minutes. Talks on a wide range of subjects are given by expert lecturers recommended by the National Association ... The attraction of the Society to local residents is still very buoyant ... There is still a waiting list that continues to grow monthly.'