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A visit to beautiful Boconnoc

What do you think about bold modern paintings in a traditional drawing room setting in a Georgian country house? Views were divided over the three that hang in the elegant Boconnoc House, where Barbara Ridge and Sandra James learned that … Continue reading

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Medieval Music, Masonry and Manuscripts: Further Reading

If you enjoyed tonight’s lecture (and we bet you did!), you might be interested in this list of further reading on the subject, provided by lecturer Marc Cottle. Cathedrals Cathedral: The English Cathedrals and the World that Made Them by … Continue reading

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Fair and full is your honest, jolly face, Great chieftain of the sausage race!

Trereife House was host to a fantastic night of music and fun on Burns Night. We began with the sublime, a wonderful concert of medieval and renaissance music from lutenist Ben Salfied and soprano Lucile Clitherow; and ended with the … Continue reading

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National Gallery plans to privatise visitor services

The National Gallery has decided to privatise up to 400 of its 600 staff including those who look after security of the paintings, deal with the public and requests for information about the collection, complaints, school bookings and more. This … Continue reading

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Quiz Night!

We had a splendid night at the Tennis Club last night, all putting our brains to work while enjoying good food and lots of laughs. The winning team was the appropriately-named Simply the Best, who were all smiles. But all … Continue reading

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A little video about your West Cornwall DFAS committee

We thought you’d all like to see a very brief video NADFAS made about our committee last year. Click here to watch it. Judith and Jane from NADFAS came down from London with cameras, lights and all sort of terrifying … Continue reading

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The belye nochi come to Penwith

In celebration of the Russian white nights, or ‘belye nochi’, of summer, about a hundred West Cornwall DFAS members gathered at Trereife House to raise a glass to those wonderful long and luminous midsummer evenings. It was a fabulous night spent nibbling on blinis, … Continue reading

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A Day out to Coombe Trenchard

A few weeks ago a coach-load of us set off for Coombe Trenchard, a beautiful Edwardian Arts and Crafts house in rural west Devon. We were welcomed by owner Sarah Marsh who supplied us with coffee and biscuits and told … Continue reading

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Habitat on ‘You and Yours’

Those of you who were at last October’s ‘Habitat Catalogued’ lecture by Caroline MacDonald-Haig, might be interested to hear today’s You and Yours on Radio 4. There’s a segment about the influence of Habitat on interior design in the UK … Continue reading

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West Cornwall DFAS meets Open Studios!

Yesterday a group of us piled into Jolly Roger’s minivan and set off for an epic tour of some of Cornwall Open Studios most talented artists’ studios.   In the morning, we visited Stephanie Cunningham, Maureen Kennedy, Baz Mehew, Stephane Rouget, Louise … Continue reading

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