Chiltern Decorative & Fine Arts Society

HISTORY OF THE CHILTERN DECORATIVE & FINE ARTS SOCIETY

No.1 SOCIETY of NADFAS

Originally called “The Chiltern Antiques Group”, it first met in 1965 in the Long Room at Chenies Manor on the 28th January, where a plaque still marks the occasion. The speaker was Miss D.K. Millington on the subject: “Small Antiques in our Homes” describing her collection of Victorian tea spoons. The formation of such a society grew from an idea of Patricia Fay who together with five other women, Elizabeth Watts, Cherry Aston, Edna Johnson, Georgette Johnson and Audrey Chavasse set the group in motion, each sending out 20 invitations. Subsequent meetings were held at the Crown in Old Amersham until November 1965 when the society moved to the present venue at the Community Centre in Chalfont St.Peter.

PATRICIA FAY, FOUNDER

Patricia Fay was member No.1 and member No.2 was Audrey Chavasse, whose husband Christopher wrote the first constitution and later became one of our Vice-Presidents. Indeed, from small beginnings in 1965 has grown a vibrant national and international organisation, seeded by the passion and drive of Patricia Fay.

ANNIVERSARIES AND CELEBRATIONS

Over the years, CDFAS has celebrated its various anniversaries and in 2015, it celebrated its 50th anniversary when a number of special events took place. Patricia Fay died on the 23rd October 1979 and the first lecture of each year at CDFAS, coinciding with Patricia’s birth-date, is nominated the Patricia Fay Memorial Lecture.