The Gravesend and District Decorative and Fine Arts Society was formed 24 years ago in 1993. So in 2018 we will be celebrating our Silver Jubilee. We have now become The Arts Society: Gravesend. This brings us in line with the national association, which became The Arts Society in May 2017.
Lectures begin at 11 a.m. Coffee and tea are available from 10.15a.m. We ask that everyone is seated at 10.45 for notices so we can ensure that lectures start on time.
We meet on the second Tuesday in the month except in July when we meet on the first Tuesday in the month. There are NO meetings in August or December.
The annual membership fee for 2017 – 2018 is £47.50 of which £12.40 is the national affiliation fee.
It is important that members check with our membership secretary (0208 310 2686) in advance of the meeting to book a place for any visitors they wish to bring, as we are often close to the maximum the hall can seat for safety reasons.
Visitors may attend a maximum of 2 meetings a year, plus the Day of Special Interest, Annual lunch & any visits or tours).The charge for a single meeting for visitors is £7.00
You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com
The society has a programme of events, visits and tours, details of which are to be found elsewhere on this web site.
We meet in the Masonic Hall, Wrotham Road, Gravesend. DA11 OPA
In severe weather conditions if the meeting has been cancelled a notice will appear under latest news on this web site
Alternatively please phone a member of the committee (their telephone numbers are on the back of your membership card)
About the area.
Gravesend and its surrounding districts have many historic buildings and areas of cultural interest, which contribute greatly to the character and uniqueness of the area. Gravesham Borough Council has won many national awards for its regeneration and restoration programmes such as the town pier (the last remaining cast iron pier in the world) the Berkley Crescent colonnades and the Heritage Quarter.
St Georges Church in the centre of Gravesend is the place where Princess Pocahontas is buried. Gravesend also has a rich and varied Architectural Heritage. Many well known personalities have links with the area including Daniel Defoe, Dick Whittington and Charles Dickens.
The many villages around Gravesend all have areas of interest, old buildings and houses, beautiful countryside and in the case of Meopham a windmill. It was built in 1801 reputedly from old ships timbers purchased from Chatham Dockyard. The mill now serves as the headquarters of the parish council.