Welcome to the website of the Bishop’s Stortford

   Decorative & Fine Arts Society


 Registered Charity Number: 281725               


Member Society of


The Arts Society











The BSDFAS website has now moved to https://theartssociety.org/bishops-stortford and this 'old' site will not be updated after 1 April 2020. It will remain as an archive source until such time as the records are moved to the new site or the site is closed.


An Introduction to BSDFAS


The Bishop’s Stortford Decorative and Fine Arts Society (BSDFAS) is one of  seventeen members of the Beds and Herts Area Group of  The Arts Society.


BSDFAS usually (but not inevitably) meets on the second Tuesday of each month (excluding August) at The Rhodes in South Street. Lectures start at 10.40 am and coffee/tea is served from 10.00 am.


The Society also organizes a programme of one day visits throughout the year to centres of historical, cultural and artistic importance. Bookings for these are taken at the monthly meetings with the book being opened six to eight weeks in advance of the visit.


One longer tour, generally lasting four or five days may be organized and bookings for this are taken from the September meeting. There is currently no such tour being organised for 2020.


There are two "special interest" days arranged for each year which are highly interactive and last for about five hours. These typically include three lectures/discussions and lunch. Again, bookings are taken some six to eight weeks before the event.


Subject to the availability of space, and on payment of an appropriate donation (currently £5) guests are welcome at any of the Society’s lectures. Outings and Study Days are costed individually and charged appropriately.


For up-to-date information on the year's activities follow the link to 'current programme' at the top of this page and then any link there will take you to more detailed information on your chosen subject.


The Society holds its AGM at the start of the November meeting, at which time the new committee is elected and the programme of events for the forthcoming year becomes available. Click here for details of the 2019 AGM and here for the Chairman's report on the year.


Membership is renewable on December 1st for the following calendar year, the annual subscription being agreed by members at the AGM. The current rate (2020) remains unchanged at £32 for individual membership and £58 for joint.


If you have a general query please use this link or, to contact a specific committee member, go the the 'Current Committee' page and select your contact there. For website queries click here.


You can read the current BSDFAS newsletter here.

What is this?

This is your feedback button which you will find on some other pages of the web site. Just click on it to activate an email to your chairman

The committee would like your feedback on any aspect of BSDFAS such as:

The quality of a lecture.

Organization and choice of an outing venue.

Suggestions for lecture topics.

Suggestions for places to visit.

Suggestions for extended study topics in days of special interest.

Any other comments or suggestions you may have.