A Big South Western AGM

A couple of weeks ago, West Cornwall DFAS Chair Liz Woods and Secretary Helen Kestle spent a few days in Torquay to attend the NADFAS Annual General Meeting. The meeting is normally held in London, at Kensington Town Hall, but every three years it goes on the road and is held in a different region of the country. This year it was the South West’s turn to host.

Torquay, seen from high above  on the English Riviera Wheel.

Torquay, seen from high above
on the English Riviera Wheel.

There’s always a good buzzy atmosphere at the AGM. We mingled with members from exotic places such as Paris, the Costa del Sol and Liskeard! As we were officially ‘staff’ for the day and were tasked with manning the NADFAS sales table, selling diaries, ties, brooches, etc., we were in the perfect spot to meet as many people as possible.

The people you meet at the AGM! Here's a woman modeling the costumes made for Polesden Lacey by her DFAS's heritage volunteer group.

The people you meet at the AGM! Here’s a woman modeling the costumes made for Polesden Lacey by her DFAS’s heritage volunteering group.

The highlight for us was the AGM itself. The little film Judith Quiney and Jane Gadsby made about West Cornwall DFAS back in January was aired and we were celebrities, at least for a few minutes. Then came the NADFAS Media Awards, and we were on stage to accept our prize for the best website!

Ta-dah! Our award and the first addition  to the West Cornwall DFAS trophy case.

Ta-dah! Our award and the first addition
to the West Cornwall DFAS trophy case.

The rest of the week was great fun. We had a wander around beautiful Torre Abbey, went on a NADFAS-organised cruise of the Jurassic Coast, drank copious amounts of Pimms in the sunshine and attended a study day entitled ‘Sea Fever’ led by lecturer Peter Medhurst whom I’m sure you’ll all remember from our December 2013 Christmas evening. At the study day, we met up with West Cornwall DFAS members Dave and Jenni Balow. It was great to see some familiar faces!

On board the SS NADFAS for a cruise  around the Jurassic Coast.

On board the SS NADFAS for a cruise
around the Jurassic Coast.

The next out-of-London AGM is scheduled to be held in Birmingham in 2017. I know 2017 sound an awfully long time from now, but it would be great if more of our members could attend. There’s always a lot going on in addition to the meeting itself, so do keep it in mind!

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