The Arts Society Mid Somerset

Welcome to our Society

The Arts Society Mid Somerset, founded in 1991, is a member society of the The Arts Society (originally the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies - NADFAS), formed in 1968 by the late Patricia Fay OBE to stimulate interest and to increase knowledge of a wide field of fine arts subjects.

Lectures are held in Caryford Hall, Ansford, Castle Cary normally on the third Tuesday of the month, except for August and September when there are no lectures. There is extensive free parking at this attractive modern hall which has a 'hearing loop'.

The ten Tuesday morning lectures, given by professional speakers, are our core activity for the year. There are also visits throughout the year to exhibitions, museums, art galleries, country houses and gardens. The Society is a very friendly group of people who enjoy sharing the same interests.

The affairs of the Society are managed by a committee of elected members. The AGM is held in April.

If you'd like to join us or want to get in touch for any reason, please email us at

Message from our Chairman

Since the arrival of Covid 19 our plans, like those of all Societies, have been thrown into disarray: monthly meetings in Caryford Hall have been replaced by online webinars and days of special interest, away days and Society trips have been cancelled, although new arrangements are in place for when government restrictions allow. We have made a particular effort to provide some local schools with assistance under our Young Arts initiative. A small number of lectures were cancelled while we set up alternative ways to provide members with a workable programme.

Thanks are due to members of the Committee who have undertaken a great deal of additional research and detailed administration to keep things going. The Committee has met regularly (on Zoom) and we have conducted two Annual General Meetings online to ensure that we met the requirements of our Constitution and Rules. Fortunately we have not faced the financial challenges of many societies. Indeed, existing members are enjoying a membership fee ‘holiday’ until April 2022. Membership has remained at our maximum selected level, but we always welcome enquiries from potential new members.

We look forward to returning to our normal programme, when we can all meet up, renew old friendships, share a cup of tea and a biscuit and enjoy a ‘face to face’ lecture. When restrictions are lifted, and the Committee is confident that we can meet in safety, we will welcome all our members back to Caryford Hall.

Peter Robertson
Honorary Chairman
June 2021