The Official History of ADFAS over 50 years

A surprise on the doorstep!

You will recall that as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the founding of Ashridge DFAS, a history of ADFAS has been completed building on an original document produced for the 40th year by ex-chairman, Brenda Baynes.

Attendees at the celebratory dinner held on March 8th this year at the Boxmoor Lodge Hotel were presented as part of the table layout with their copy of this document as a momento of the evening.   

Brenda herself was somehat surprised a few days later to receive, from our current Chairman Valerie Gunn, her personal copy of this 50th History signed by all the current ADFAS Committee as shown below.   

History of ADFAS brought up todate Brenda-Baynes--and-Valerie-GunnPresentation History to Brenda Baynes (ex Chairman)

We have copies of this fascinating history of ourorganisation for all existing members.  If you were not at the dinner, and would like one, please ask one of your committee. 


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Why not Join Us!

If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact our ADFAS Membership Secretary on 01442 862507 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Membership fee for the current 2018/19 Morning lecture year is still only £40.00 per person.  Lectures are on the last Wednesday of the month in Potten End's Village Hall -  please see the Events programme tab for full details.

Following two successful 'taster' lecture sessions in Autumn of 2017, the ADFAS Committee has extended of our activities to provide a parallel series of Evening meetings which is now in its second year. 

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

Combined Membership subscription to both Morning and Evening sessions is at the reduced rate of £90.00 per person.

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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