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Our meetings cover a wide variety of topics and our visits take us to different parts of the country as well as to many interesting places in and around London. Pictures below from our visit to Devon, September 2018 and Hull, September 2017. More pictures here









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Our July Lecturer, Caroline Holmes has provided us with an essay on her talk "A Symphony in Blue


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One of the earliest members of WEDFAS, forerunner to The Arts Society West Essex, Norma Palmer, 93, hit the local paper headlines in May. The story of her pen pal relationship with an 11-year-old in North London had earlier featured on the Epping Forest Guardian Website.


Now a resident in the Woodland Grove Care Home, Loughton, Norma became part of the care home link-up with the Brent Youth Theatre project connecting young people with the elderly. The relationship of Norma and her penpal Bethany flowered when they discovered a mutual passion for piloting aircraft.  More....

The Arts Society West Essex is celebrating its 50th anniversary 1970-2020

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of WEDFAS-TASWE a group of members led by Sheila Turnbull has produced this wonderful banner to hang over the reception desk at our meetings.  For a full picture of the banner and of the team who made it click here

Members are invited to join us for a party on Wednesday 7 October at Mulberry House

Visit to North Midlands

September 2019

Our party nearly 50 strong boarded the coach bright and early on a Monday morning in September for our annual TASWE 'holiday' which this year was to visit houses, cathedrals and cities broadly in the Birmingham area.

Looking for needlewokers

The Arts Society West Essex is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020 by making a commemorative banner to be hung on meeting days.  If you are "hand" and would like to contribute to this very special piece of work contact the secretary at

Two local charities benefit from appeal

ArtsFest attracts 60 entries of members' art and craft to celebrate 50th anniversary of NADFAS/The Arts Society

The Box, Epping and Voluntary Action, Epping Forest are two charities that have benefited from The Arts Society, West Essex, recent appeal.  The Box is a small local charity providing services for young people in the Epping area since 2005, including a safe social space after school offering activities and advice; a professional counselling service for young people; dedicated clubs for young people needing extra help and support. Voluntary Action Epping Forest is an independent charity known as a council for voluntary services or CVS.  We have been supporting not for profit organisations in Epping Forest for more than twenty five years.  Our core work is aimed at helping local charities and community groups to achieve their full potential. Services offered help to improve peoples quality of life and health & wellbeing

...and the winners are

As part of national celebrations for The Arts Society, West Essex organised an ArtsFest following a Day of Special Interest on 22 November 2017. Some 50 members entered examples of their arts and crafts which were much admired by those who visited he exhibition.  Three entries were selected by a panel of independent judges to go forward to an Essex Area event and from here some items will be selected for national display by The Arts Society. Pictures: the judges at work and visitors to the exhibition. Credit Hugh Meteyard and the winners (from left): Marianne Surguy, Sylvia Keith and Juliet Hipkin.

Visit to Devon - Sept 2018

The Arts Society West Essex September 2018 visit was to Devon - again voted a great success by all attending with a vote of thanks to organiser and chairman Lis Goodwin (pictured above). Below is the team photo taken outside Exeter Cathedral.

Keep in touch with
The Arts Society

All paid up members of The Arts Society should receive regularly copies of The Arts Society magazine.  Additionally you can request the monthly newsletter (right) by clicking here.

Change of name to The Arts Society West Essex is born


West Essex Decorative and Fine Arts Society (WEDFAS), affiliated to the National Association of Fine Arts Society (NADFAS) became The Arts Society West Essex on 4 October 2017 in line with the change of the NADFAS name to The Arts Society.

We're in the (TB Village)

Congratulations to Angela Peachey and the Church Recording Volunteers who have completed their TENTH church project in 25 years with the recording of Epping Upland.  More.....


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