We organise lectures, special interest days and outings; we support arts projects in East Herts and we document local church artefacts.  


Lectures take place in the Main Hall at The Spotlight  (previously Broxbourne Civic Hall), High Street, Hoddesdon, EN11 8BE on the last Thursday of the month.

Coffee/Tea from 9.45 am; Lecture starts at 10.30am.  Non-members are welcome to attend (£8 contribution please)


Special Interest Days

All Special Interest Days are held in the Dinant Room at the Spotlight Theatre starting at 10.30am and finishing at approximately 3.30pm.

Special Interest Days are normally £25.

Enquiries: Sue Rogers.



Outings are either Coach Trips with pick-up points at Hertford (Old London Road, just below the Fire Station) and Hatfield (lay-by on north side of Tesco car park) or "On Your Doorstep” outings where members make their own way to nearby venues.   Cost depends on distance travelled and venue. 

Enquiries: Elizabeth Dodwell


Support of Arts projects

We give grants to local schools and other organisations for particular projects – see the Volunteering page, Young Arts for further information

Enquiries: Sandra Wallace


Church Recording

A team of members record rigorously the contents of our local churches – see the Volunteering page, Church Recorders for further information

Enquiries: Rosemary Davis



​Members can borrow books on Art from our Library which has a stall at each month's meeting apart from June & November. A list of the books we hold can be found on the Library List.  Contact our librarian - Barbara White - if you would like a particular book brought along to the next meeting for you to borrow.

Enquiries:  Barbara White 

History of The Arts Society East Herts


The society celebrated its 50th anniversary.  The theme of the lectures and a special Summer Lunch celebrated this very special anniversary and there was a birthday cake and sparkling wine served after the October meeting.


The central Arts Society organisation changed its name from NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts) to The Arts Society to reflect a broader interest in the Arts and the fact that it had grown to be an international Association.  Members of the East Herts Society voted to follow the lead given by the centre and changed its name from East Herts Decorative & Fine Arts Society to The Arts Society East Herts.


The society celebrated its 40th anniversary with a variety of events, including a dinner, an exhibition of members own artwork and the planting of a copper beech tree in the garden behind the Civic Hall.


The society arranged its first study tour — four days based at Blairquhan in Ayrshire and trips then became a regular feature of its activities. Subsequent visits have been made to Prague, Ravenna, Dublin, Berlin, Florence, Dresden, New York, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and The Hague, Istanbul, Madrid, Normandy, Cracow, Munich/Oberammergau and the south of France.


The society moved to its current venue, The Spotlight, Hoddesdon, which provided ideal facilities for both lectures and Special Interest Days (the revised name for Study Days) and for members to meet socially.


The idea of themed lectures was introduced, with a series of talks on, for example, the Renaissance. Two seasons were devoted, in their entirety, to the Georgian and Regency periods respectively.

Charitable status was applied for, so that subscriptions could be covenanted. Although covenanting was never instigated, the society did achieve charitable status, and its work in this area was greatly enhanced by being able to claim Gift Aid on subscriptions.


A Church Recording representative and a Voluntary Conservation Corps representative were added to the committee.


The first Study Day took place — a trio of lectures on antique glass — and by this time the society was also running a library.


There was a further move to Mayflower Place in Hertingfordbury.


The lectures were now held in The Priory, Ware and an Outings Secretary was appointed.


The society applied for membership to the National Association (which had been established that same year) and became society number 12. The subscription was £10.10.0d. and there were 140 members.

The inaugural meeting of the NADFAS-affiliated society was held on 8 October in St John’s Hall, Hertford, with a borrowed projector. In the first year, subjects included English Country Houses, Worcester Porcelain and Early Mediaeval Art.


The chance reading of a newspaper article about an arts group, which Patricia Fay had started near Rickmansworth, led to a group of friends getting together to see if something comparable could be established in East Herts. This resulted in a public meeting attended by about 60 people, to which a member of Patricia Fay’s Chilterns group came to speak and explain their format — a lecture once a month, a committee and a subscription to pay for the hall and lecturers.

A committee was elected at that meeting and East Hertfordshire Decorative and Fine Arts Society was born.