Welcome to The Arts Society East Grinstead


- We are very pleased to announce that, at the December lecture, Anne White was elected as secretary of TASEG.

- Our November lecture was held as a Zoom Webinar on Tuesday 10 November 2020 at 11.00 when Ian Cockburn when spoke on "Architecture, History and Material of Moorish Art".  An excellent lecture and approximately 170 members attended.

- On Friday 27 November, we held our first on line Special Interest Day when Dr Geri Parlby introduced us to "Snakes, Saints, Cribs, Pawnbrokers and Kings The art and legends of Christmas unpicked".

- Our final lecture of 2020 was held, again on line by Zoom, on Tuesday 1 December.  On this occcasion, Mark Ovenden gave a fascinating talk on "150 Years of London Underground Design".  On this occasion, approx 140 members attended 

The lecture topic, speaker and a prospectus of each talk and other online events this Autumn are available via our December bulletin, (attached).


- After discussions between the two societies, TAS East Grinstead and TAS Turners Hill have agreed to combine their autumn programmes by making lectures and Special Interest Days, which will be conducted on the Zoom Webinar platform, available to both memberships. For the Special Interest Days attendees from both societies will be asked to make a £5 contribution on an "honesty box" basis.  

- East Grinstead and Turners Hill lecture programmes are attached.

- The TASEG Committee postponed the 2020 AGM until the September lecture, where it was successfully conducted via Zoom (see below). Negotiations have taken place with Tailored Travel concerning TASEG holidays (Salisbury and Naples) cancelled earlier in the year. One idea to be considered is postponing both until 2021, however the preparatory Special Interest Day for the Italian holiday by Steve Kershaw scheduled for 30 September 2020 was cancelled, but the speaker remains engaged for 2021, in anticipation that the holiday may proceed in that year. 

- We anticipate that our lecture and Special Interest Day programmes will be delivered by Zoom, at least until mid-2021.  Attendence at lectures is free to paid-up members of both East Grinstead and Turners Hill Societies. Visitors will be asked to pay a fee of £5 via BACS (or if necessary by cheque).  All attendees of Special Interest Days organised by either society will be asked to pay a fee of £5 per person.  Payment details will be included in the information sheet for each event.  

- Those of you nervous about the Zoom platform may find the attached notes helpful. Ray White and Maggie Stevens are willing to tutor on an individual basis if you find real difficulty with Zoom.  We are now also streaming our talks on YouTube when the lecturer agrees. Some people are more comfortable with this than Zoom. However you will only be able to access this by using the link. If you have a smart TV then you may be able to access YouTube directly on the TV. This will rely on being able to use an Internet Browser to input the link as you will be unable to use the YouTube search facility.   Please get in touch if you would like more information about this option.

- At the September AGM the Chair, Treasurer and other members of the existing Committee were re-elected and the accounts for 2019 presented, as required by our constitution. Tim Cooper-Jones was also retained as our Auditor. The post of Secretary remained open at the tme but has since been filled. The Society approved a change to our membership year, which will in future run concurrently with the financial year, that is from January to December.

- The current membership subscription is £45 per person.  This covers the period to 31 December 2021.

- Ray White's lists of suggestions for online entertainments during the "lockdown" has now been deleted.We have received numerous messages expressing gratitude for this enormous effort and the pleasure resulting from such a wide choice of features to fill our otherwise empty summer. A tribute to Ray's efforts can be found in the current Arts Society magazine, under the heading of "Unsung Heros". Unsung no more.​



The 2021 season starts with a lecture on 19 January.  Janet Gough will be taking us through "Cloisters - Remarkable Cathedral Survivors".  This promises to be another fascinating talk and will, once again, be held on line via Zoom, starting at 11:00am.  Log on details and further information will be available closer to the time.


Our Society brings people together through a shared curiosity for and appreciation of the arts, as modernly defined. Our events provide welcoming places to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts. Our members contribute to and preserve our artistic heritage through volunteering and grants. Our work creates a better, healthier and more connected society.

We would particularly like to draw attention to our links with West Dean College (see below).

TAS East Grinstead has more than 350 members. There is a short waiting list in most years, due to the limited seating capacity of our otherwise excellent lecture venue in the Chequer Mead Theatre, but we do attempt to resolve this when subscriptions are renewed. Existing members can bring guests twice a year, by arrangement.

As this is an interim website, please make membership enquiries to Ray White, as detailed below.  Website enquiries should also be directed to Ray, acting as Interim Website Manager. 

Other enquiries can be directed to our Chair,  Felicity Hatch, at 


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For many years TAS Sussex Area has supported postgraduate students at the College who wish to learn artisan skills which accompany the Fine Arts in all its manifestations. 

In addition, the The Arts Society East Grinstead offers an annual prize to an outstanding student.  Details of this year’s award will be published in due course.  Your Committee is considering organising an outing to West Dean next year, including a tour of its wonderful gardens.

West Dean is unique in the variety and quality of graduate and post graduate courses which it offers, including conservation of ceramics, furniture, works of art, books, maps and musical instruments, amongst other things.  It also offers courses in many other fields, such as sculpture, painting and drawing, garden design, basketry and wickerwork.  We are lucky that this wonderful college is located within Sussex, and Sussex Arts Society are proud to offer its support.

Our lastest Sussex Area scholar is Hollie Drinkwater, who chose to specialise in bookbinding and whose Final Report is attached. Do read it. Background information about West Dean College is also attached.






Chequer Mead Theatre & Arts Centre
De La Warr Rd
East Grinstead
United Kingdom

RH19 3BS


11.00am - 2nd - Tuesday