The new name of Richmond DFAS



We would love you to become a member. It’s really easy to join and we don’t have a waiting list. Just phone Richard Lebus, who is the Membership Secretary, on 020 8892 9696 or send a brief email to or click here to go to the membership form or complete our Contact Us form or just turn up at the door on a lecture evening.

We are famous for our friendly welcome to new members. That starts right from the beginning with a welcome telephone call from one of the committee, usually from Richard. And when you arrive for your first event which will usually be a lecture, we take you under our wing and introduce you to other members. You are never left to cope on your own.

Our annual membership fees are £40 single, £75 double but, as we are part way through our membership year, the current amounts payable are £30 single and £57 double from now up to 30 June 2018.

If you are an artist such as a painter or sculptor, you might prefer the similarly named Richmond Art Society whose website is at

Members may be interested in the lectures offered by our neighbouring societies, The Arts Society Chiswick, The Arts Society Kingston, The Arts Society Wimbledon and The Arts Society South West London in Putney. Members attending any of those lectures would have to pay their guest fee. And of course there are the study days, courses and other events of The Arts Society Greater London Area.


We got back from Berlin this evening after six brilliant days there. We were a small group of 19 and all the arrangements went off incredibly smoothly and our guide Tom Abbott was a gem. We stayed in the fun Hotel Berlin and enjoyed a good mix of art galleries, museums, history, food and even time for a bit of shopping. We all had a great time. Many thanks to Tailored Travel for putting the trip together for us.


Click here for the current edition of The Arts Society magazine which is sent to members every quarter. This is the Autumn 2017 edition.

Click here if you’d like to sign up to receive the regular newsletters from The Arts Society – the blue link is at the bottom of that page.


Applications for the 3rd October visit to Ightham Mote House and Chevening House are now closed. As expected, the visit proved very popular and was oversubscribed. It went to ballot and everybody has been advised whether they were successful or unsuccessful in the ballot.

Chevening House is the country home of the Foreign Secretary and the Trustees only allow 8 group visits a year. It was therefore a tremendous privilege to have been chosen to be one of those eight in 2017. We were probably successful because the architect in charge of the 1960’s renovations to the house was Sir Donald Insall who is one of our members. He will talk to us over tea and we have invited the Trustees and staff to join us.

Unfortunately a lot of members were unsuccessful in the ballot and it transpires that our committee member who has been working on this visit for three years will not be able to go on it because he has been called up for Jury Service. C’est la vie. We will continue to apply every year for further visits to the house and to the gardens but we would not expect to be chosen again for at least five years. We’ll see.