Marsh Group Award for Volunteering with NADFAS

This Award is run in association with The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS). The Award recognises a group of volunteers from some of the organisations’ 365 local societies across the UK, working to help conserve the decorative and fine arts in their local area.

NADFAS is a leading arts charity which opens up the world of the arts through a network of local Societies and national events.

The 2014 winners are The Test Valley Society’s Young Arts Team

The Test Valley Society’s Young Arts team is made up of Anne Keenan, Linda King and Anne Isherwood. In 2009 the team of three began working with local schools on mosaics, fabric tie dying and silk printing. They have worked on a project with Andover College assisting students in compiling portfolios for their applications to Art School. Test Valley have also supported school projects as diverse as an African Week, an art gallery project and altar cloths. The team are currently looking into arts projects with Mencap, Andover Museum and Andover Young Carers. They have enhanced the appreciation and understanding of art across all age ranges and youth organisations within the Test Valley area.

This year the judging committee felt that there were two exceptional groups and therefore chose to award a Highly Commended group as well as one winner. The Highly commended group were the Heritage Volunteers from the East Surrey Area for their project at Polesden Lacey, a National Trust property in Surrey. Since 2009 they have been making replica Edwardian costumes for the room stewards to wear on special open days which have added greatly to the visitor experience.

Pictured above
Top - Linda King and Anne Isherswood from the Test Valley Society’s Young Arts Team
Below - The East Surrey Heritage Volunteers in costume


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Previous Winners:

2013 The Bolton Church Recorders