Successful Launch of a New Society in Malmesbury
The Malmesbury Decorative and Fine Arts Society (MDFAS) in Wiltshire had a very successful Inaugural meeting on Tuesday 8th November attended by over 180 new members. The meeting was chaired by Gri Harrison, the National Chairman of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts (NADFAS) and she warmly welcomed everyone to the inauguration of the 354th society of NADFAS.
Angela Payne, NADFAS advisor for new societies, welcomed the new members and guests, including the Mayor, Steve Cox, and the lady Mayoress of Malmesbury.
The new Society’s Chairman, Christine MacLachlan, thanked her committee for all their hard work in setting up the Malmesbury Society in record time. She said that the new team were looking forward to an exciting programme in the year ahead and commented that: “we are thrilled to have had such a response to join this new society and, with a full membership, we already have a small waiting list”.
The meeting included the adoption of the Society’s Constitution and Rules and the election of Officers and the Committee.
An excellent inaugural lecture by Timothy Wilcox, titled: ’Painting for Gold. The Olympic Art Competitions 1908-1948’ was warmly received and the afternoon was completed with an excellent tea and refreshments.
Setting up a new society can be an Olympian task, but the Malmesbury team certainly deserve a gold medal for their Olympian efforts and to the new members who created such a magnificent atmosphere at this inaugural meeting.
As Gri Harrison said in her welcoming words, “It is important that new societies, as well as being a service to the community, are built upon having fun and friendship”.It is clear that the Malmesbury Society intends to do just that.