History of
The Arts Society - Tring Park

The formation of the Tring Park Society in 1994 was the brainchild of David Goode and his wife Joan at that time living in Tring. The idea stemmed from the National Association, NADFAS. The first such Society formed was ‘Chiltern’ founded by Patricia Fay in 1965 in Chalfont St. Peter. Her idea was to bring specialist lecturers to meetings, these to be followed by visits to exhibitions, historic houses and gardens etc. It was immediately successful and has grown to over 360 societies both in this country and abroad.

In May 1994 the fledgling Tring Society was assisted in formation by Brenda Greenfield of NADFAS headquarters. In June 1994 David applied to Dacorum Council for a grant to start the Society. This was approved and he received a cheque for 150. He approached John Bly to be President and set about recruiting a steering Committee. We needed a suitable meeting venue so the Grass Roots organisation in Tring was approached for us to use the Pendley Theatre, to which they agreed. Since Pendley Theatre can seat 200 it was decided to limit membership to that number in the first year. Membership application forms were distributed to a variety of venues seeking members for an official start on 1 October 1994. Within a week we had over 200 applications and we immediately started a waiting list.

At 10.30 on the morning of Wednesday 23 November 1994 we had our first open meeting when we expounded on the NADFAS organisation and John Bly, the new President, gave a talk on ‘Our Local Heritage’. The inaugural meeting of the Society was held on 11 January 1995 and was chaired by the then NADFAS Chairman, Lady Johnson. At that meeting the Constitution and Rules were passed by the members and the steering committee was elected to be Officers and Committee until the first AGM which members decided should be held in September. The membership fee was set at 25 for the first year. Although we had no projection or audio equipment of our own we were lucky enough to have a Committee member with the necessary facilities and expertise.


1994-1996 David Goode – Founder Chairman

1997-1999 Elizabeth Foster

2000-2003 Phillip Lawrence

2004-2008 Keith Miller

2009-2012 John Howat

2013- 2015 Barbara Flint

2016- Keith Todd


David Goode – Chairman

Jane Hill - Vice Chairman

Shirley Thomas – Treasurer

Ann Hawkes – Secretary

Margaret Hatcher – Programme Secretary

Linda Stacey – Membership Secretary

Phillip Lawrence – Audio Visual

Virginia Bly

Joan Goode

Eileen Lever

Mary Marwood

Julie Thomas

If you wish to contact any member of the committee by e-mail please CLICK HERE

Welcome to the website of the THE ARTS SOCIETY TRING PARK

Please note changes to our lecture and visits programmes caused by the CoronaVirus

The ARTS SOCIETY, previously known as NADFAS (the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts), is one of the UK's leading voluntary arts education bodies with around 90,000 members divided into 20 geographical areas including two overseas in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

The Tring Park society is part of the Beds and Herts area which exists to enhance your enjoyment of the society as an existing or potential member and offers support to local societies through area meetings, educational events and co-ordination of the Church Recording, Heritage Volunteers and Young Arts activities. The area chairman liaises regularly at national level and contributes to policy issues and other initiatives.

The Arts Society's aims are to promote the appreciation and study of every aspect of decorative and fine art and to preserve our artistic heritage for the benefit of all. To this end, we organise programmes of lectures, visits, tours and special interest days as well as the volunteer activities. Non-members are welcome to attend special interest days, and are particularly welcome to join the groups of Church Recorders or Heritage Volunteers in their work.

In addition to Society Membership, we offer an Affiliate membership aimed at those people who would like to be part of our organisation but who do not live within easy reach of a Society or are unable to attend Society meetings. To learn more about our activities please click the link above and address your enquiry to the secretary.

For more information about the Arts Society CLICK HERE

Please check this website and the notice board for details of Special Interest Days, Study Days or other visits which may be arranged during the year

Lectures are held at the Civic Centre, High Street, Berkhamsted starting promptly at The AGM in September will start promptly at

Guests are always welcome at any of our lectures by prior arrangement with the membership secretary at a charge of 5



John Bly


Phillip Lawrence




Keith Todd (01442 822525)


Amanda Hutchinson


Chris Gregory (01442 822407)


Elizabeth Moores (01442 826241)


Marion Ford (01442 385714)
Rosemary Southworth (01442 824868)


Janice Neil (01442 827371)
Peter Grainger (01442 843349)


Michael Smith (01442 823209)
Tony Ogden (01442822154)
Keith Hughes (01442 769100)


Kate Winterbottom
(01296 630125)
Mobile 07891 261831
Rowena Dean (01296 631660)
Mobile 07795 204583


enquiries to Keith Todd via the contact link below.

Please note that The Arts Society Tring Park cannot be held responsible for any personal accident, loss, damage or theft of members' personal property. Members are covered against proven liability to third parties.

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