Welcome to the website of Ashridge Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS).

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. It became affiliated to NADFAS in that year becoming its 8th oldest member.

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 (September to June) on a wide variety of subjects associated with decorative and fine arts. These are presented by well qualified experts and specialists. 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 lecture and events programmes here.

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 am to 10.20 am to give members an opportunity to meet, chat and sign up for visits.

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

Why not join us?

Why not Join Us!

If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact our ADFAS Secretary on 01442 873549 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Membership fee for the current 2016/17 lecture year is £40 per person.

Affiliate Membership

In addition to Society Membership, NADFAS offers this alternative type of membership for people who would like to join but cannot attend Society meetings.

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

Benefits of Affiliate Membership

By becoming an Affiliate Member, you are joining the 90,000 people across the UK who are committed to promoting and preserving our rich heritage in the decorative and fine arts.

Benefits of Affiliate Membership include:

  • The NADFAS Review - the quarterly magazine containing articles from some of the top names in the arts world as well as updates on national and regional NADFAS 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 NADFAS membership card for museums and galleries across the country
  • Specially tailored cultural trips and overseas tours

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

How to become a NADFAS Affiliate Member

The Affiliate Membership fee is £10 per year.

To become an Affiliate Member of NADFAS simply complete the application form and return with payment to the address supplied.

Alternatively contact NADFAS:-


8 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DA

Tel: 020 7430 0730

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