pantilesThe Arts Society Royal Tunbridge Wells, formerly the Royal Tunbridge Wells Decorative and Fine Arts Society, was founded in 1980 and now has over 400 Members. Each year, the Society organises nine lectures at the Trinity Theatre as well as two Study Days a year on art and related topics held at Langton Green Village Hall. We also organise visits and Study Trips.

The Society is affiliated to The Arts Society, the operating name of National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies and members receive a copy of the quarterly magazine published by The Arts Society. For a copy of our Rules and Constitution, please click here.

The annual membership is £40. For more information email the Membership Secretary  at

UPDATE FOR MEMBERSs – Lecture programme and a Virtual Ruby Celebration

Save the date for our Virtual Ruby Celebration – 3rd June at 11.00 am.

Dear members

As you will know, we have cancelled our lectures which had been scheduled for 20th April, 18th May and 15th June, as well as our Ruby Lunch on 3rd June which was to celebrate 40 years of our Society. We will of course resume our lectures once the Trinity Theatre reopens and will confirm this to everyone when that time comes. In the meantime, please do take a look at our 2020-21 programme which you can find here.

The Committee took a decision to contact all our members by telephone and it has been a delightful experience to catch up with as many of you as possible. We were able to update you on our plans for resuming our lectures whenever we can as well as letting you know about our Virtual Ruby Celebration which will be held on 3rd June at 11.00 am.

We plan to hold the Lunch via Zoom, which I know so many of you are using to keep in touch with family and friends, and so I would ask you all to keep a lookout for an email which will be sent to you to invite you to the Virtual Ruby Celebration. Our plan is for Bertie Pearce, who was to have entertained us at the actual Ruby Lunch, to be introduced by me and he will then give a talk on “Victorian Pastimes”, followed by a toast to our Arts Society. I hope this will be a way of bringing us all together to celebrate our 40 years of joy in the Arts and the friendship within our membership.

To help our members get the best from our Virtual Ruby Celebration, we have arranged for a Zoom tutorial to be held on 29th May at 2.00 pm. Again, you will be sent an email about this and I do hope many of you will take advantage of this so that you can fully enjoy Bertie’s talk and our time together on 3rd June.

If you wish to discuss any of this, please do ring me or one of the Committee Members and I look forward to seeing you all again soon, one way or another.

With very warm wishes

Sandra Hitching


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