AS GOOD as gold artists celebrated a special anniversary in Stratford.
STRADFAS (Stratford Decorative and Fine Art Society) gathered at Stratford Play House for its golden jubilee.
The society’s national chief executive Florian Schweize gave a lecture, entitled As Good as Gold, before taking on a 10km run around the town to raise money for art societies across the UK.
And Stratford mayor John Bicknell was there to drop a golden flag to mark the start of the run.
The run was one of 50 the arts chief is taking on to raise awareness and funds.
He has raised almost half of his £50,000 target and has 24 runs to go.
Mr Schweize said: “The run itself was incredible, connecting the Shakespeare heritage of Stratford with the rebirth of the Play House as a venue for the society.
“The arts society connects people through the arts and heritage, and during my run I was lucky enough to meet with volunteers and staff at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, local people as well as international visitors.”
With about 550 members, STRADFAS is one of the largest organisations in the UK Arts Societies’ group.
Members are involved in conservation and heritage projects, documenting local churches, and funding art projects for young people and the community.