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24 September 2018OUR TRUE GOLD / 50 YEARS OF THE ARTS SOCIETY

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OUR TRUE GOLD /
50 YEARS OF THE ARTS SOCIETY

Monday 24 September 2018

Celebrating 50 years of The Arts Society, Wyvern Area, at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, on 23rdSeptember 2018.

The Arts Society, Wyvern Area, marked the Golden Jubilee of The Arts Society with a very special afternoon, including the handing over of a new Children’s Trail, at Oxford’s iconic University Church of St Mary the Virgin.  Each of The Arts Society’s Areas was free to decide on how best to honour the theme Our True Gold, and former Area Chair, Pamela Elder, suggested celebrating the Wyvern Area volunteers who are the very heart of The Arts Society. 

Susan Williams, Chair of The Arts Society, Wyvern Area, said “our volunteers are Our True Gold. By so generously giving of their time and talents, they personify our founder, Patricia Fay's, philosophy of fun and friendship.”

Volunteers were treated to a guided tour of the church, cream tea, champagne and exhibition of their work.  Kath Bowen, The Arts Society Head of Heritage Volunteering, gave a short speech in appreciation of the efforts of all volunteers and the value of the work they do.  A Service of Thanksgiving for The Arts Society was held in the chancel, and the new Children's Trail of the church was formally handed over to the Rector, The Revd Dr William Lamb. Children’s Trails help young people to understand the artefacts around them in places of worship of all denominations in a fun and accessible format.

Throughout the weekend examples of the work carried out by the societies' volunteers were displayed in the church to spread the word of our organisation and the benefits to those who join. This included the regular lectures, study days, visits and holidays organised by each of the 11 local societies in the Wyvern Area.