1969 - ?

Beccles Society of Artists was formed in 1969. The founder, the late Frank Delf, a retired marine engineer who lived in Worlingham, was a keen artist. He was also well-known as a naturalist and had expert knowledge of windmills and round-towered churches. The late Frank Randall Forward, a professional artist, also played a part in the foundation and it was after a successful exhibition arranged for Frank's pupils at Beccles Corn Exchange in 1967 that the desire for a local art society was born but lay in abeyance until Frank Delf took up the challenge and held the first meeting of the Society in October 1969. The object of the society is the furtherance and enjoyment of art, and they hold monthly meetings with criticisms, lectures, and demonstrations with annual exhibitions of members' work. The Beccles Society of Artists celebrated its 50th year in 2019. Many members are practising artists and hold an exceedingly popular annual exhibition each year at Beccles Public Hall. Their meetings are held at the Waveney Centre in Beccles on the first Wednesday of each month, for talks and demonstrations by professional artists.