The Arts Society Limpsfield was founded in 1975, making us one the oldest societies in The Arts Society. We are an active Society with over 400 members which also makes us one of the largest in the country.

Our purpose is the appreciation, promotion and preservation of decorative and fine arts.  We interpret that very broadly and offer our members a balanced programme of lectures, visits, extras and study days, as well as a cultural tour each year.

The lectures are the core of our programme. We develop a different, balanced programme of topics each year and research prospective lecturers carefully, commissioning only the most experienced and qualified lecturers with an interesting topic and a good reputation for speaking and presenting. We cover a wide range each year and we are always open to suggestions.  Our lectures are usually held at St Peter’s Hall, Limpsfield at 2:30 pm and 8pm on the last Wednesday of the month.

We organise a full programme of visits. A number are full-day trips usually by coach, planned well in advance and published in the programme for the following year. We also arrange visits to London galleries or places of interest where we make our own way by public transport. Some of these visits may be arranged at short notice but are well publicised both here and in our newsletters

We hold one or two  study days a year where we study a topic to a depth not possible in a lecture or talk.

Typically our programme comprises 10 lectures (monthly except for July and August), 12 visits, a Study Day and a cultural tour each year.

We use a grasshopper as our emblem.

The grasshopper is featured on the coat of arms of Sir John Gresham who owned Titsey Place in Limpsfield from 1534.  It appears on a number of institutions associated with the Gresham family in particular Sir Thomas Gresham including Gresham School, Gresham College and the golden weathervane at The Royal Exchange.

The Grasshopper has been adopted by other bodies in the Limpsfield area including the local golf club and an inn and recently as the logo for the village.

Legend has it that the founder of the family Roger de Gresham was found in long grass in Norfolk by a woman who heard the noise of a grasshopper.  The more likely explanation though is that it is a heraldic representation of the Gresham name as gres is the middle english form of grass.

For more information on the Gresham Grasshopper click here