HRH Duchess of Gloucester Visits

10 April 2017

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Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester was guest of honour at a celebration of the Henley Decorative and Fine Arts Society’s (HEDFAS) 40th anniversary on Wednesday 5th April, which was held at Phyllis Court.

The event which took place in the Ballroom heard John Benjamin, international jewellery expert, give a lecture about early 20th century British Silversmith Henry George Murphy entitled "At the sign of the Falcon". As part of the celebration, pupils from Nettlebed Community School created a river themed 'batik' silk banner which was hung on the stage. In the Finlay Suite there was a selection of photographs capturing the club’s history.

The Club which organises a programme of lectures, study days and trips as well as supporting youth arts projects in the local community. Anne Balgarnie, Chairman of HEDFAS said: “we are delighted and very honoured to welcome Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester who is Patron of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Society ... on the occasion of our 40th Anniversary".

After the talk, the Duchess, who was accompanied by Lord and Lady Camoys of Stonor Park, had lunch with current and former members of the society’s committee, including eight past chairmen. HEDFAS Vice-Chairwoman Claire Woods said: “It’s very important for us to show what we do as a society and how wonderful the facilities are at Phyllis Court Club. It was absolutely amazing to have the Duchess here and we’re truly honoured that she found time for us in her busy schedule.”

HEDFAS will continue to celebrate their 40th Anniversary this year with several events. In June, there will be an afternoon tea party at Phyllis Court Club.



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