Marsh Individual Awards for Volunteering with NADFAS

These Awards are run in association with The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) and recognise volunteers from some of the organisation’s 365 local societies across the UK, who work to help conserve the decorative and fine arts in their local area.

This Award initially recognised one individual NADFAS volunteer. However, due to the impressive nominations received, the Awards have now expanded to recognise one person from each of the four principal areas of volunteering: church recorders, heritage volunteers, church trails and young arts.

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

Pictured: John Day, one of the 2016 winners, with his book conservation shoes

The 2017 winners are Shelagh Townsend-Rose, Elizabeth Dancey, Judith Al-Seffer and Richard Bradley

Church Recorders - Shelagh Townsend-Rose, Borders Decorative and Fine Art Society (DFAS)
Shelagh was a founding member of this society when it formed 26 years ago, and has been involved with Church recording for 21 years. She is Area representative for Scotland, and a member of the Management Committee. She provides a great amount of support and guidance to the team of church recorders, and links with external organisations to promote the work of the team and NADFAS.

A Highly Commended winner was also recognised in this category: Pamela Parker from Cirencester DFAS has been leading the church recording group since 1991 and in 2017 the group presented its 20th record, which is a great achievement.

Church Trails – Elizabeth Dancey, Birmingham DFAS
Elizabeth has been involved in this society for over 20 years and during this time has been a leader in developing church trails in Birmingham. Elizabeth particularly stood out as she has linked with local religious leaders to develop church trails in a Mosque, Synagogue and Buddhist Temple. She has therefore enabled NADFAS to extend its reach further into the community and enabled schoolchildren who take part in these trails to benefit from learning about different faiths and cultures which are prominent in a city as diverse as Birmingham.

Heritage Volunteer - Judith Al-Seffer, Various locations
Judith has worked extensively for two years on the Capability Brown 300 celebrations which NADFAS participated in. Lancelot (Capability) Brown (1716-1783) is regarded as the Father of the English designed landscape and NADFAS was one of 14 organisations to organise festivals throughout the country to promote his 300th birthday. Judith travelled widely to represent NADFAS at various meetings and brought together a range of other volunteers to make these events a success.

Young Arts - Richard Bradley, Moor Park DFAS
Richard has been Chairman of this society for a number of years and involved in the Young Arts programme for around 10 years. He has organised and helped fund a various projects, including an exhibition where young people with disabilities displayed artwork at a local exhibition, sponsoring 16 schools to run creative projects, such as life drawing days and art therapy classes, and organising church trails and church recording activities in order to involve local schools further with the work of NADFAS.

A Highly Commended winner was also recognised in this category: Jane Brentnall from Ashford DFAS has volunteered for 25 years running holiday activities for schoolchildren and sponsoring young people’s arts projects. She has organised around three activities every year, reaching out to an average of 45 children on a yearly basis.


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