Lady Elizabeth Bromley-Davenport, President of North East Cheshire Decorative and Fine Arts Society (Necdfas) and founder member Audrey Grove cut a celebration cake to mark the society’s 40th anniversary.
Necdfas meets monthly at the Brookdale Club in Bramhall for lectures on arts-related topics.
The society has volunteers who compile complete records of the contents and fabric of local churches; clean and conserve books at Chetham’s Library inManchester, and repair and conserve textiles inCheshirestately homes.
The society also sponsors arts projects in schools and organises visits and study days for members. www.necdfas.org.uk
About 150 members of the society attended the event at Capesthorne Hall, home of Lady Bromley-Davenport.
Audrey Grove was the driving force in setting up Necdfas in 1973 with an initial membership of 100, rising to 300 today. She was one of several founder members present at the event, which also featured a recital by students of Chetham’sSchoolofMusicand an exhibition of arts and craftwork by Necdfas members.
Lady Bromley-Davenport said “The society relished, and thrived on, maintaining high standards. The quality of lectures was superb” She congratulated those who had played a “sparkling” role in the society’s history.