The Honiton Society is a registered charity (registered charity number 1111757) run by an enthusiastic and lively team.  At our heart is the Lectures Programme with lectures held on the second Tuesday of the month from October to June at The Beehive Community Complex in Dowell Street.  Our lectures are chosen to cover all aspects of the arts and are given by carefully selected lecturers chosen for their expertise and presentation ability.

We also organize a number of social functions and arrange outings to places of historic and artistic interest.  We encourage an appreciation of art in young people by supporting a number of Young Arts initiatives. We do not organize our own study days but support those arranged by the South West Area organization on behalf of 24 Arts Society local societies in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

People join The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) for a variety of reasons; to further their interest in the decorative and fine arts, to increase their knowledge, or to take an active role in the promotion and preservation of our artistic heritage.  Joining a local society is not just a great way to learn - it's also a fun way of making new and lasting friendships.  Details of how to join the Honiton Society can be found on the Joining Us page.

The painting of Honiton High Street used in the banner at the top of this page is used by kind permission of local artist, Sally Boom.

Chairman's Welcome

Welcome to our website.  We have two aims: to interest as many new members as possible and to ensure that it provides useful information for current members.  We have tried to keep the website as compact as possible, reflecting what we, as a society, are doing.  So, if you are interested in the arts, like our programme, and would like to learn more in a friendly environment, please come and see us at one of our lecture meetings.  We can guarantee you a warm welcome and look forward to seeing you there.

Lady Anne Boles, Chairman

Please note that our new web site address is:

And our email address is

News & Events

Our Antiques Evening will be on Wednesday 29th May 17:00 - 19:00 at Chilcotts Auctioneers & Valuers, Silver Street, Honiton. Tickets from Janet Ward & Jane Yates. There is a limit of 60 tickets, a few are still available. Duncan and Liz Chilcott have an exciting sale on Saturday 1st of June to include 'The Pamela Schneider collection of jewellery', Silver, ceramics and glass, the uniform, journals and medals of an RAF officer and a model steam engine! This will be a private view with a quiz, Duncan & Liz have donated a generous Antiques book as a prize.

2019 AGM  - Notice is hereby given that the Society’s 36th Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday June 11th 2019 at The Beehive, Honiton, EX14 1LZ at 1.30 pm. Agenda, accounts and proposal form can be downloaded by clicking here.

At an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Society on Tuesday 8 January 2019 the following motion was passed:

“That, in line with the change of name of the National Society of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies to The Arts Society, the name of this Society will change, with immediate effect, to “The Arts Society Honiton.”

The visit to Winsford will now take place on Thursday 18 July and NOT Tuesday 16 July as previously advertised

The  recent trip to Shilstone Manor was very succesful - a group photo is in the Gallery - check it out!

We are always keen to welcome new members - Click here for a membership application form