Welcome to HEDFAS a Member Society of the
National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS)
This website is no longer updated.
HEDFAS - now known as Henley DFAS - has a new website at
where all current information relating to Henley DFAS can be found.
Henley-on-Thames, the home of HEDFAS
History of NADFAS
NADFAS was the brain-child of a young Buckinghamshire housewife, Patricia Fay, who started the first society, Chiltern Antiques Group, with her friends in 1965, later to become Chiltern DFAS (Decorative Fine Arts Society). Within two years there were already seven societies. In 1968 the first 11 formed the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, holding the first meeting at the Victoria & Albert Museum in the presence of HRH The Duchess of Kent, who became the first patron. Patricia Fay received the OBE in recognition of her inspirational work. Sadly she died in 1979 aged 46, but by the time of her death there were
100 societies in existence. Since then the small flame she lit has spread like wildfire throughout the country, with a present total of 347 societies across the British Isles. In addition there are 10 in Europe, 34 in Australia and five in New Zealand. In total there are over 90,000 members.
Whether our members choose only to attend our lectures or take a step further and participate in some of the diverse interests we have to offer, all agree that it is a most rewarding and stimulating organisation. One of the last things our national founder, Patricia Fay, said was 'I do hope NADFAS will not become too serious - it was meant to be fun'. More than 45 years on we still use our best endeavours to carry out her wishes to the letter.
Do email your news, views and photographs to Jane Rix (Website) or Jenny Homer (Newsletter) . We look forward to hearing from you.
Registered Charity No. 289323