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THE ARTS SOCIETY MOOR PARK

Moor Park Mansion

Rickmansworth

Hertfordshire

WD3 1QL

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Volunteering

Volunteering with Moor Park DFAS gives Members opportunities to learn new skills, socialise with people who have similar interests and support the arts within the local community. All Members have a wide range of  opportunities to become involved in preservation and conversation, and to share their passion of arts with others.

Church Recording

Working in association with Rickmansworth DFAS, the meticulous analysis and recording of the precious content of churches in our area is undertaken. The recording of Holy Cross Church, Sarratt has been completed and work has begun at St. Andrews Church in Watford.

 

New members of the team are always welcome. Training is provided and the work is interesting.  Please contact Carrol Scott at: moorparkdfas@gmail.com for further information.

 

For each item the recorder has to answer 10 set questions and do any research necessary into the item. Recorders also have access to experts who are willing to give their opinion on any rare or interesting piece. Many missing pieces have been found over the years.

 

Five copies are made of the final Record - one, usually bound, for the Church, one for the Council for the Care of Churches and London Metropolitan Archives, one for the Victoria and Albert Museum on an archival CD, one for the appropriate Records office, and one is kept at NADFAS House. Information is also sent to various interested bodies and the work is used by genealogists, researchers and the police. Apart from being very interesting for the recorders this work is a significant contribution to the conservation of the country's heritage.

 

So far this century we have recorded St Peter’s, Bushey Heath (1999-2004) St Martin’s, West Drayton, (2004-6) St Mary the Virgin, Harmondsworth, (2006-8) St George, Headstone (2008-10), and All Saints, Leavsden (2010-12). St Paul, Langleybury dates from 1864 and has elaborate stonework and an unusual architectural font cover. We finished recording there in 2014 and Pat Parsons presented the Record at morning Service on October 19th 2015.

Heritage Volunteering

Our main activity at present is providing tour guides at the early 18th century Moor Park Mansion. Now owned by, and the home of, the Moor Park Golf Club in Rickmansworth, Herts.  

 

Moor Park Mansion’s guided tours for the general public are on Thursdays, April to October;  

The dates for 2018 are -:

  • April 26th

  • May 24th

  • June 14th

  • July 19th

  • August 9th

  • August 30th

  • September 20th

  • October 18th

Tours start at 10.00am. Last tour departs at 11.00am.

The postcode for those arriving by car is WD3 1QL

 

Anyone interested is welcome; Admission is free, but donations to the Moor Park Heritage Foundation in support of preserving the historic fabric of the Mansion would be welcome. Group visits can also be arranged. Groups (10 or more) need to be booked in advance.

 

Moor Park Mansion has an interesting history and many attractive features.   

 

If you are interested in more information or would like to join the volunteers please contact:

Wendy Myers on 020 8428 6773

Young Arts

The Society is committed to helping young people to appreciate their art, and Fine Art in particular. A budget of £1100 is allocated from the “Gift Aid” rebate which the Society receives each year. A “Young Art Task Force”, led by Angela Stein, recommends the allocation of funds each year.
 
Past Highlights :
In the last 10 years, the Society has sponsored 16 schools and promoted no less than 27 creative projects and many special awards. Innovation has been the key with notable initiatives ranging from hugely successful “Life-Drawing days” to “Art Therapy” with several projects directed at disadvantaged young people.

 

Members are invited to make suggestions for our Young Art Programme. Contact: moorparkdfas@gmail.com

MOOR PARK DFAS – supports “Young Art” with:
  • £1,100 a year (on average)

  • Local schools supported

  • Highly innovative projects

  • Huge welcome from schools

  • Primary and Secondary

  • Awards, prizes and certificates