Welcome to the website of Ashridge Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) based in the Dacorum area of Hertfordshire.

Our Society originated in September 1967 with guidance from Patricia Fay who then, in 1968, founded the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies. We became affiliated to NADFAS in that year becoming its 8th oldest member. NADFAS changed its name in May 2017 and is now known as The Arts Society.

Ashridge is an extremely friendly and enthusiastic society and proud to be one of the founding members of the National Association. We organise 9 lectures each membership year (Autumn through to Summer) on a wide variety of subjects associated with decorative and fine arts. From February 2018, ADFAS has two sessions each month, one in the Morning and the other in the Evening reflecting different topics.  The background for this new Evening development is set out on this website.

These lectures are presented by well qualified experts and specialists from The Arts Society panel. Every year we also organise several one day visits to exhibitions and places of historical, cultural and artistic interest in addition to a five day residential tour alternating between the UK and Overseas.

To get an understanding of the activities of our Society, you can see our current daytime Programme of lectures and events here and our evening lectures here.

Morning meetings are held at Potten End Village Hall with the lecture, lasting about an hour, starting promptly at 10.30 am.  Coffee is served from 10.00 to 10.20 to give members an opportunity to meet, chat and sign up for visits.

Evening lectures take place at the Berkhamsted Civic Centre starting promptly at 8.00 pm, with doors open at 7.30 pm to get to know your fellow members.

Members are welcome to bring visitors, for a small charge, with prior permission from the Secretary.                      

Please explore our website for more information about who we are and what we do.

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If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact our ADFAS Secretary on 01442 825647 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Membership fee for the current 2017/18 Morning lecture year is still only £40.00 per person.  Lectures are on the last Wednesday of the month -  please see the Events programme tab for full details.

Following two successful 'taster' lecture sessions in October and November 2017, the ADFAS Committee has evaluated an extension of our activities to provide a parallel series of Evening meetings. 

These evening sessions are based on the Civic Centre venue, again by subscription initially of £60.00 per person.  These will take place on the second Wednesday of each month starting on 14 February 2018.  Details of Evening lecturers and their topics as at this point in time are available using the Evening Events tab.

Elsewhere on the ADFAS website there are more details as to why we have made this significant expansion for the benefit of the Members of ADFAS and also everybody with an interest in the Arts in all its many forms.

Benefits of Membership

In addition to enjoying all our lectures and visits, extra benefits include:

  • The Arts Society Review - the quarterly magazine containing articles from some of the top names in the arts world as well as updates on national and regional TAS activities
  • Opportunities to take part in Church Recording, Heritage Volunteering and Young Arts
  • Access to an exciting range of national events and courses
  • Offers and concessions available upon production of your The Arts Society membership card for museums and galleries across the country

In addition, you will be joining the 90,000 people across the UK who are committed to promoting and preserving our rich heritage in the decorative and fine arts.

(Please note:- Additional charges for some of the above may apply.) 

Affiliate Membership

In addition to our Society Membership, The Arts Society (TAS) offers this alternative type of membership for people who would like to join the organisation but cannot attend local Society meetings.

Affiliate Members become part of the national organisation but do not have access to Society meetings or lectures without prior agreement of the Society concerned.

How to become an Affiliate Member of The Arts Society

The Affiliate Membership fee is £10.00 per year.

To become an Affiliate Member, please contact The Arts Society:

  8 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DA

  Tel: 020 7430 0730

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