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.

If you visit any exhibitions or Art galleries it would be good if you would send a short review to me – Ruth Conway – that we could then publish on this website so our members would get ideas for visits (or places to avoid). There are currently 2 under reviews.

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

                                        GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY YEAR
TASNF January Newsletter 2022

 Dear Members,Welcome to 2022.  We have entered our Golden Anniversary Year! Our subcommittee has been busy putting together ways to celebrate and we will be notifying you shortly. We did enjoy seeing so many of you join our January lecture online and in-person in the Hall.Our 14th February lecture will be on ‘THREADS OF HISTORY: THE WORLD OF THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY’ by Rupert Willoughby. We are planning to zoom the lecture so you can either watch from the comfort of your own homes or join us in the Hall, watching the lecture projected onto the screen.We are running our Special Interest Day on 28th February in the Hall with Douglas Skeggs lecturing on ‘THE MEDICI – BANKROLLING THE RENAISSANCE’. Lunch will be provided. There is ample room in the Hall to provide safe distancing and excellent ventilation for the smaller numbers we usually attract to a Special Interest Day.  Please contact Sue Randall – or Tel: 01590622731. Should circumstances change we will keep you informed.A Date for your Diary: DAY VISIT TO THE ROYAL PAVILION, Brighton – 6th April Plans have been made for a day visit to the Royal Pavilion, Brighton on Wednesday 6th April.  Herrington Coaches estimate that the journey will take about two to two and a quarter hours with a comfort break in Arundel.These are the details so far. Cost: £40 per person (see below for information on lunch and refreshments).Departure and arrival times are approximate, at the moment.Departure:  8.30 am Lymington; 8.45 Brockenhurst; 9.10 am Lyndhurst:comfort break with time for coffee: ArundelArrival in Brighton: 11.30 amGuided tour: time to be confirmedReturn to Lymington by approximately 6 – 6.30 pm, with stops on the way back in Lyndhurst and BrockenhurstLunch & refreshments: there is no café in the Royal Pavilion itself but there is an Italian restaurant called Al Duomo next to the Royal Pavilion shop.  There is also a wide choice of small restaurants in the nearby area known as The Lanes. the French bistro Côte is about a four-minute walk away.For more information and bookings contact Rose Tainsh, Day Visit’s Secretary by email: Stratford and Shakespeare Country 18th– 21st 2022, Residential Visit. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Sue Balfour – or Tel:01590 718056Best wishes to you all on behalf of the committee,Diana Heatly, Chairman

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BLUE BADGE GUIDES –  PREMIUM VIRTUAL TOURS: SEASON 4 Thursday 13th January to Tuesday 22nd March 2022Pepe Martinez is a London Blue Badge* Tourist Guide. He and several of his Blue Badge colleagues are offering a new season of Virtual Tours on Zoom, starting on 13th January 2022.  (NOTE: there will be a ‘Free Showcase’ at 6pm on Wednesday 5th January. See below for link to register.) The tours will take place on Tuesdays at 10.30am and on Thursdays at 2pm. They will last a little over an hour, with time for questions afterwards. The sessions last a maximum of 90 minutes. As usual, recordings will be made available. The guides film what they see as they walk and also use photographs. (Bear in mind that, as tourist guides, they are used to talking to groups which include people who may not know England well.)NOTE: Links to the tours will be emailed each Thursday afternoon for the following week, together with the links to recordings of the current week’s live tours. (The recordings will remain available until the end the end of the programme, 22nd March 2022.)* SCHEDULE13th January: Glorious Greenwich 18th January:  Westminster’s Forgotten Stories20th January: Sick London25th January: Victorian Kensington 27th January: Arcadian Thames: an Elegant World by the Water1st February: Blenheim, Althorp and Chatsworth3rd February: Dickens’ London8th February: Rotherhithe 10th February: From Boats to Banking15th February: The Yorkshire Wolds17th February: The Story of the Royal Parks 22nd February: The English in Rome24th February:  Black Georgians 1st March: Edwardian London: The Golden Age3rd March: London’s Sporting Legacy8th March: Westminster at War10th March: Shakespeare’s London15th March: The Story of Gothic Revival17th March: The Lost Rivers of London22nd March: Kings Cross and St Pancras: Old and New COSTExisting Members:One Viewer – £40Two Viewers – £55 (same household)Non-Members:One Viewer – £50 (Use Code*: 1VIEW5OFF to obtain £5 off)Two Viewers – £65 (same household) (Use Code*: 2VIEW10OFF to obtain £10 off)*NOTE: On second page of Booking Form insert the Code when asked “Do you have a promo code?”) TO BOOKControl + click on the link below, then click on red button “Buy Membership of Season Four Here”. Choose from options and click on “Next” to pay (using appropriate Code as given in COST above.)