Evening Sessions?

Evening Sessions?

Most of you will agree that our Society would be enriched if we could broaden the age profile of our membership.  With this in mind, we have been discussing the possibility of setting up a programme of evening lectures, to run alongside our current daytime programme.

Two "Taster sessions" have been held early in October and November at The Court House locally (details on the new "Evening Events" tab on the website) and these have been very well received.  Attendees varied widely in age and included a number of people who did not previously have any connection with ADFAS.  They came to us via, for possibly the first time, distribution of marketing material initiated by ADFAS, by both conventional means (letter box drops, etc) and various on-line facilities.  For example our use of a number of "What's On" websites has not only promoted attendance at these sessions, but has also helped awareness of ADFAS itself locally.  Using the email tools at various local schools has benefitted the attendance figures for these Tasters.  They may also produce some new members for the morning lectures as well!

A significant number of those who came have indicated that they would like to subscribe to an evening programme.  We would obviously need to set up an additional membership category with a separate subscription for this.  Members could in future choose to subscribe to Mornings or Evenings or both.

The reaction has been extremely positive.  

Questionnaires after each show produced written comments such as "Good luck, think it is a brilliant idea for working people." and "Great idea - I agree it is important to encourage younger members."

We also provided equivalent questionnaires for the current membership which produced a good response.  As we appreciated, quite a number of our existing members felt this was not for them for all the obvious reasons.  One long term ADFAS member responded "I would have been interested if I were not aged 86 and counting"!

Clearly there are many details to be considered, including cost, venue, dates and so on, and indeed whether or not the new venture will prove viable.   Meanwhile, it would be helpful to hear the views of our members - please contact your Chairman with your thoughts.

Join for AM or Evenings

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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.

Following two successful 'taster' lecture sessions in October and November 2017, the ADFAS committee is currently evaluating extending our activities to have a parallel series of Evening meetings, again by subscription and located in Berkhamsted starting in 2018.  Details will be available shortly.


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, contact The Arts Society:

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