1st programmeThe Arts Society Ashford or ADFAS as it was then, met for the first time in 1984, to provide those who live in and around Ashford with the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the arts.

We continue to flourish with over 300 members, drawn mainly from Wye and the villages around Ashford and because of the Health and Safety limits on the Village Hall, and the comfort of our members, we may have a waiting list at the time you apply. More details are on the HOW TO JOIN page, and the current situation will be given there. We are pleased that many of the original founders remain members. The first Chairman, Jan Talbot, is now our Honorary President, and Jenny Beaugié now heads our Church Recorders team.

Our lecture meetings continue in Aldington Village Hall usually on the third Tuesday of each month from September to June. Meetings begin at 10.15 with coffee and time to booking visits and special interest days.  Lectures begin at 11.15 after the Chairman’s remarks, and last about an hour.  We do not have formal questions after lectures, but members can usually talk informally to speakers afterwards. The lectures are given by experts in their fields, all of whom have gone through  a rigorous selection process by The Arts Society, the national organisation to which all local Societies belong, and are included in the membership fee.

Members may invite non-members as guests at a cost of £5 per lecture. This is restricted to two lectures for the same guest in any programme year. Please contact the Membership Secretary if you wish to bring a guest. People who are on the Waiting List to join  The Arts Society, Ashford may attend four lectures in any programme year also at a cost of £5 per lecture. Again please contact the Membership Secretary.

In addition to our programmes of illustrated lectures, we provide special interest days and visits of the highest possible standard for our members. These need to be paid for separately.

The Special Interest Days usually take place in the Village Hall, and allow members to delve more deeply into a particular subject. Sometimes there are opportunities to bring along our own rugs, silver, china and other artefacts for comment.

Our Visits Secretaries arrange coach or train trips to museums, galleries and places of historic interest in the south of England, and occasional day trips to the continent.

Supporting the aims and objects of The Arts Society,  we encourage the work of our Church Recorders recognising the importance of the work done for the conservation of the national artistic heritage.   We also encourage the work of our Young Arts programme which educates young people of all ages in the arts.

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