Following the Government’s additional measures concerning the Coronavirus (Covid-19), and with advice from The Arts Society Head Office, the Committee, in its duty of care to Members, has decided with great regret to cancel all lectures, visits and tours with immediate effect until 30 June.  The health of our members is our prime concern as many fall into the high risk category.  We hope to resume our normal programme in September.

The AGM scheduled for 19 June will be deferred until September, or a later date.

We know you will be extremely disappointed to miss the forthcoming lectures and visits, but we aim to rebook the lectures in the future, and the missed visits will be rescheduled in 2021.

Committee telephone numbers are on your membership card and please telephone any one of us if you have a query.  Please check our website for up to date news.

Let us all hope for the best in these difficult and unsettling times.

Wishing you well and with kind regards

Cornelia Hayes Chairman


Welcome to The Arts Society, Goring 

The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) was founded in 1968 and is a leading Arts Charity. It works to advance education in decorative and fine arts as well as promoting the conservation of our artistic heritage. There are over 90,000 members in 360 societies mainly in the UK but also overseas.  

Recently NADFAS has changed its name to "The Arts Society"; GADFAS will be known henceforth as "The Arts Society Goring".

As GADFAS our branch became a member society at the beginning of 1987 and is a registered charity.   We have nine lectures a year which are held at Goring Village Hall on the fourth Wednesday of the month. We have a morning session which begins at 11.00am and an afternoon session which begins at 2.30pm. The doors open an hour beforehand to enable members to meet friends, make bookings for future events and have a cup of coffee/tea before the lecture begins.

Our membership is 460 and our annual membership fee is £36.

Study Days are arranged twice a year to provide an opportunity to study subjects in more detail.

Day Visits to exhibitions and places of interest are much enjoyed by our members and are a good way to get to know new people.

In October 2019 we are planning a visit to Manchester.

We are very proud of our Young Arts programme, our Church Recording and Heritage Volunteers.

For further information please contact our chairman, CORNELIA HAYES or click here

Tours Information

We would like more participants in the 10-16 May tour to Northern Portugal, please

The September tour to Oberammergau and the Black Forest is now full.

We will be taking a coach tour to  Glasgow and Edinburgh, including a visit to Dumfries House, from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd October. Itineraries and booking forms available at the next meeting.

More information can be found on the Tours page


You can also view this and previous newsletters in the About Us/Document page

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