Sandwich Evening Decorative and Fine Arts Society (SEDFAS) meets on the first Monday of every month (except for July and August) in the historic Guildhall in the ancient cinque port of Sandwich. Details of lectures and visits are given in the appropriate links. For further information please contact the Chairman, Rosemary Bainbridge, details below.
Lectures begin at 8 pm and coffee is served from 7.30 pm.
There is free parking in the Guildhall car park and we have at present approximately 200 members with no waiting list.
Subscriptions are £20per person. An additional fee of £5 per person is also charged for each lecture. Guests are welcome at a cost of £5 per person, and no one person can be invited more than twice a year. However, there are no restrictions on the number of guests who may be invited on outings.
Previous visits have included Saltwood Castle, Squerries Court, Cambridge (including Kings College Chapel and the Fitzwilliam Museum), "Following in the steps of Pepys" in London, and a guided visit to St Paul's Cathedral. We have had a guided tour of St Clement's Church and the "Salutation" house in Sandwich, visited Charleston and Monks House, the Millais exhibition in the Tate, and organised a wonderful trip to Ravenna.
In 2008 we had a backstage tour of the Royal Opera House in February, and visited Faversham and Belmont House in May and Windsor Castle October.
In 2009, our 20th anniversary year, we had a fascinating tour of Prince Charles' garden at Highgrove, a day out at Waddesdon Manor, home of the Rothschilds, and visited Kettles Yard and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Our overseas visit that year was to Alsace.
March 2010 led to a day in London, to the Fleming and Wallace Collections. In June we visited Hampton Court Palace, and in a break from tradition decided to visit some of the great houses of Derbyshire during a 4 day trip instead of travelling to Europe. For our July supper evening we again used the wonderful medieval venue of St Mary's Church to "Undress Mr Darcy"!
2011 saw a visit to Farley Farm, the home of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose, following a stimulating lecture by their son, Anthony Penrose, which we combined with a visit to Standen, a nearby Arts and Crafts House. For our supper evening this year we were royally entertained by the celebrated conjurer, Etienne Pradier. and following the success of our visit to Derbyshire last year, we used the same formula to visit houses and gardens in Oxfordshire. Details of all these can be found by clicking on to "Visits" and "Lectures".
We visited the newly refurbished library and archives, and the stained glass studio of Canterbury Cathedral on 11 November. An account of the visit can be found under "Visits". In April we visited Chilham castle, and a report of this too can be found under "Visits"
Our 2012 supper evening was held on Friday 6 July in St Mary's Church, when we were entertained by talented singer Juliet Schiemann, accompanied by David Rees Williams. An account of the evening can be found under "Stop Press".
For further information, please contact:
Telephone: 01304 614384