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 Graduated Return to Brockenhurst Village Hall.
November 8th, 2021

Dear Members,The committee is delighted to be able to invite members to the hall to watch the PROJECTED Zoomed lecture by Shirley Smith, ‘Caravaggio: The Master of Light and Shadow’.Although the numbers of Covid cases locally now seem to be levelling off, we have decided to continue with caution and will therefore not be offering any refreshments this month.  We would also suggest that you wear your mask at all times in the Hall.Members are invited to arrive at 10.15 am.Please wear a mask when entering the Hall, register at one of the two desks, and then go directly to your seat. The Hall will be operating a ‘Test and Trace’ system.When you sit down, feel free to choose where you sit, who you sit with, and whether you wish to maintain social distancing by leaving a chair gap between you and your neighbour.   We would ask you to respect other members’ choices.  Wrap up warmly, the doors and windows will be open.If you have any questions, please do contact anyone on the committee. Best wishes on behalf of 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.