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 :

 TASNF Newsletter 12 February 2021

Dear members, it is very, good news that the rollout of vaccinations is going apace but we need to see how the Coronavirus variants are going to test them. With that in mind, we are carefully considering our future programme, keeping half an eye open for a return to ‘normality’ but also realising that it may still be some way off.

Therefore, the committee has decided to postpone the TASNF visit abroad to April 2022, which Janet Handley is kindly organising for us. But we are hoping that the September trip to Stratford upon Avon, which Sue Balfour is heading up, might still take place. Will hotel accommodation be available, will The Shakespeare Company be producing a play? We will keep you informed; the prospect is a promising one.

Due to restrictions from Covid, we are having to be creative about holding our AGM. The AGM will take place in April.  We will Zoom the meeting before the lecture, using polling for the voting.  Members will have papers sent out six weeks before as usual and will be offered a vote via email/post, should they choose not to Zoom on the day.

In what may be our only chance of a ‘trip to foreign places’ this Spring our lecture for March sounds intriguing: ‘Bhutan: The Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon’ by Zara Fleming.  Many thanks to our members who helped us with the breakout room process after the lecture (the chat rooms), our target is to get members into the rooms and leave them there rather than whisk them off to another, just after they have settled in!

By the middle of March, Gill Baldwick, Membership Secretary will be sending you a membership renewal email. She asks that you make sure you have in your Contacts list, please. If you don’t receive the email by the end of March, please would you check your “junk” email.

As I write this, the Beast from the East has brought bitter winds and sprinklings of snow.

With very, best wishes to you all, keep safe and warm!
Diana Heatly                                                                                                      Chairman


Dear members, my apologies, I did not include Sue Randall’s (Special Interest Day Secretary) email address on the poster!  All applications should go to her. Here are the details again.

Many thanks, Diana Heatly 



The Last Supper in Pompeii

The first lecture will be 10.30 to 11.30am and the second lecture 12.45 to 1.45pm.

Sue’s email:

The cost of this special interest day will be £12.50, payable by cheque, made payable to The Arts Society New Forest and sent to:

Sue Randall

Bracken Lodge, Butts Paddock,

Meerut Road

Brockenhurst SO42 7TD

Please RSVP with cheque by 25th January to ensure the day goes ahead.