Rising to the Challenge

  • Four decades of volunteering
    Four decades of volunteering


To celebrate 40 years of volunteering NADFAS is holding a volunteering festival at Kensington Town Hall on November 12th 2013.   Doors open at 10am, official opening at 11am. This celebratory day is for all members of NADFAS.  

“Rising to the Challenge” is the perfect occasion for existing volunteers and those interested in getting involved in this aspect of NADFAS to enjoy a day of practical demonstrations and talks.  Church Recorders, Young Arts, Heritage Volunteers and Church Trails will all be represented. 

The day will be opened by Loyd Grossman, Chairman of Heritage Alliance.  Martyn Lewis, Chairman of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and JohnO'Brien, mastermind of the Queen's Jubilee Hour, will also be present.

Attractions include a demonstration of lace-making; book conservation with Caroline Bendix; tiles with Chris Blanchett; heraldry withJohnYork and Chloe Cockerill, NADFAS-accredited lecturer; textile handling with Zenzie Tinker and Wimbledon DFAS Heritage Volunteers.  There will be a workshop on the Luttrell Psalter and a chance to learn more about what type of Young Arts projects are sponsored by Societies.  View the Young Arts Groups 2013 competition winners.  Members can have a go at brass rubbing and examine ecclesiastical vestments, altar frontals and prayer books, as well as pewter objects, courtesy of the Pewter Society. Church Records, old and new, will also be on show.   

Short taster sessions of Church Recording and Church Trails will be held in St Mary Abbots, a short walk from the town hall.    

The festival is an opportunity to learn about the skill and commitment that goes into each project.  Representatives from all the volunteering disciplines will be on hand to answer questions and explain how to get involved and make a difference.

Other attractions include

  • Church Trail of St Mary Abbots, Kensington
  • a Big Draw event for adults
  • Fakes & Forgeries (the London Assay Office)
  • Arms & Armour (the Wallace Collection)
  • Replica Costumes from Polesden Lacey
  • Moor Park Garden History Project
  • Ledgerstone survey of England & Wales
  • stands from other organisations eg the National Churches Trust



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