The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) is a leading arts charity. It was founded in 1968 to promote and advance aesthetic education, to cultivate the appreciation and study of the decorative and fine arts and to support the conservation of our national artistic heritage.

Over forty years ago Havering DFAS was formed following Susan Sloan’s presence at a very interesting lecture arranged by NADFAS at the Courtauld Institute. This experience set Sue investigating and working extremely hard to gather a committee of like minded ladies with suitable expertise to start a local society. Her aim was to follow Patrica Fay in forming a Society initially for young mothers to attend stimulating lectures about Decorative and Fine Arts once a month, while the children were at school. The group started in Romford in 1973 where we meet once again. 2013 marked our 40th anniversary. Though these days most mothers with young children are working at paid or voluntary jobs. We still have excellent support from our friendly members.

Women, men and visitors are very welcome to join us. We enjoy lectures, visits, study days and trips at home and abroad to places of interest to broaden our knowledge and enjoyment of the Decorative and Fine arts. If you join us you will receive a booklet giving more of our history. We are now overseen by our 16th Chairman and 5th President, just come and enjoy the lectures and possibly join in the various activities.

Mrs Brenda Brooks – Former Chairman