The Arts Society – New Forest

Welcome to The Arts Society New Forest.  As a society we are interested in furthering our knowledge of the fine arts.  We meet on a regular basis to enjoy lectures on a range of topics, delivered by renowned speakers.  Our interests are extended further when we study subjects in greater depth and go out on day visits and breaks away, both in Britain and abroad.

An important aspect of our society is our aim to offer the opportunity, within an artistic framework, to young people from the local community to explore and extend their personal knowledge.  Conservation of heritage is important to us too. A group of our members regularly meet to record for posterity, the fabric and artefacts of local places of worship.

Our society is a local branch of The Arts Society , an international charitable organization.

Ideas and suggestions for virtual and real tours of exhibitions, lectures and cultural activities during the corona virus restrictions are on the Page entitled ‘NEWS’ These also include work from the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera House and the Met in New York. They are regularly updated and open the door to so many wonderful experiences !

If you have any ideas or suggestions please email them to :

1972 – 2022

TASNF October Newsletter 2021

Dear Members,

It was with some trepidation, the committee organised our first members ‘return to the Hall’ for the Patricia Hallett Memorial lecture. What would Patricia have thought about us projecting a zoomed lecture onto the screen?
We had a turnout of 20 people with chairs arranged to respect social distancing. We are using the Brockenhurst Village Hall’s cinema system to ensure you can hear the lecture. This time, our projectionist Bob Rich got to grips with the technology, ably assisted by the Hall’s staff.

On 8th November, Shirley Smith will give a lecture on ‘Caravaggio: The Master of Light and Shadow’. The lecture will be zoomed into your homes OR you are most welcome to come and watch it projected onto the screen in the Hall. We will be providing complimentary tea and coffee before we start. Doors will open at 10am.

The lecturer will BE IN THE HALL for our December lecture! More information to follow. Our graduated return to the Hall is making progress…

We are running a Zoom Study Day on 1st November: Jacqueline Cockburn will provide two lectures on ‘Goya’. The first will be about his life as an artist and the second will assess Goya’s appropriation of previous painters. It will be argued that ‘his reassessment of the past is precisely what makes him so modern’.
The cost of the session will be £12.50 per person, payable either by cheque to The Arts Society New Forest and sent to Sue Randall, Bracken Lodge, Butts Paddock, Meerut Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7TD, or by bank transfer, The Arts Society New Forest, sort code 40-34-25, account number 91524895, with your name as a reference to secure your place. Please pay by 22nd October.

Can you help? Does anyone still have any of the Art playing cards Patricia Hallett used for Fundraising? May we borrow them to display them in our exhibition at our Golden Anniversary AGM, next April?                                                    

Best wishes from us all on the Committee                                  
Diana Heatly, Chairman                                      



The Queen’s Gallery, London
Thursday 11th November 2021
(PLEASE NOTE: Deadline for tickets is Monday 8th October)
“Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace”
Contact: Rose Tainsh, 07966 489659,

Link to The Queen’s Gallery website:

Cost of ticket:  £13 per person for concessions i.e. aged over sixty years; non concessions:  £14.50 per person.
Fifteen-minute entry time slot: 12.30 pm to 12.45 pm.
NOTE: No guide is available but the headphones are free of charge.

Train Times/Route suggestion:  Victoria Station via Clapham Junction
(10-minute walk up Buckingham Palace Road to The Queen’s Gallery.)
A. Outward Journey
Dep. Brockenhurst       09:44*
Arr.    Clapham Junc.   11:11
Dep. Clapham Junc.   11:24 OR 11:27 etc (frequent trains to Victoria)
Arr.    Victoria Station    11:32 OR 11:35 etc
(NB: Morning’ Off Peak’ for Senior Rail Cards applies to trains which arrive in London after 10am.)
* NOTE: 09:15 does not stop at Clapham; 10:44 arriving 12:35 is too late
B. Return Journey
Trains leave Clapham Junction for Brockenhurst once an hour at fourteen minutes past the hour (except between 4pm and 7pm). Options are:
Dep.London Victoria    14:55
Arr.    Clapham Junc.   15:02
Dep.Clapham Junc.     15:14
OR to wait and catch a later train e.g. 19:14, 20:14 etc
(NB ‘Off Peak’ for Senior Rail Cards is before 4pm or after 7pm.)

Suggestions for Refreshments (The Queen’s Gallery has no café)
The English Rose Café and Tea Shop, 4 Lower Grosvenor Place, SW1W 0EJ (10am-4pm) OR Victoria Station.


The November lecture is ‘Caravaggio: The Master of Light and Sound’ by Shirley Smith.  She will be using Zoom.