About Us

A Potted History

The Harpenden Area Decorative and Fine Arts Society (HADFAS) was formed in 1968, by Lady Parkinson who is a past chairman and a Life member.

Its aims as set down by its NADFAS founder chairman, Patricia Fay, were to provide enjoyment and instruction by means of illustrated lectures and visits in all aspects of the decorative and fine arts, and in some small way help to preserve our national and local heritage.

From the outset there has been great interest and pressure on numbers.

In 1990 the Harpenden Evening Decorative and Fine Arts Society (HEDFAS) was formed and that continues to thrive. Whilst running independently from us both societies continue to collaborate on several projects.

In 2001 HADFAS moved to Fowden Hall, Rothamsted, splitting into morning and afternoon sessions. We remained there for lectures, until in 2004 Rothamsted could no longer accommodate us. Morning and afternoon sessions joined together again, at our current venue The Riverside Conference Site at Vauxhall Recreation Centre in Luton for morning lectures.

In 2017 NADFAS changed its name to The Arts Society and we are now an affiliate member of that organisation. In 2018 we are celebrating our 50th anniversary.

One of the last remarks NADFAS founder Patricia Fay made was “I hope NADFAS doesn’t become too serious as it was meant to be fun”

It certainly still is.

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