Evening Sessions have started from February 2018

Evening Sessions in Berkhamsted have started......

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 parallel programme of Evening lectures, to run alongside our current Morning programme of talks.

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 our marketing material, 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 have also produced some new members for the Morning lectures as well!

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

The reaction has been extremely positive so far.  

Questionnaires after each 'Taster' session 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 still many details to be considered and your Committee is addressing these. The venue and dates are fixed for the coming months in to the summer and the programme is being developed by your ADFAS Speaker Finder Maggie Moore so many thanks for the efforts so far!   Meanwhile, it would be helpful to continue to hear the views of our members - please contact your Chairman with your thoughts.

Please keep the application forms and cheques rolling in to the Treasurer to allow you to participate in this exciting new development in the Arts locally.

To repeat what has been said elsewhere, the obvious spin off from this development is a significant increase in revenue which we can treat under the Gift Aid legislation to gain a further 25% of this income to support our active Young Arts projects in their various forms.

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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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