Calendar for 2017

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary Year: 1867 – 2017 

150 years since E.F.Benson’s Birth

Monday, May 22nd 6.30pm

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held at St Mary-le Bow, Cheapside, London EC2 in the Cafe Below. The Meeting will start at 6.30pm and there will be refreshments after the Talk but before the AGM itself.

The Society is delighted that Professor Simon Goldhill is going to talk about and discuss with us his fascinating book: A very Queer Family Indeedsex, religion and the Bensons in Victorian Britain. Published by University of Chicago Press, 2016 £25. ISBN 13:978-0-226-39378-0. He is travelling from Cambridge to talk to the Society about the family. This book is one of the first major studies of the Bensons and was reviewed widely last year both on the radio and in the papers. It caused quite a stir.

There will be a charge of £15 for refreshments and to cover costs. Booking Form with the AGM papers and reviews of the book in the latest Dodo. These will go out in early April.

Saturday, July 8th 

Rye Day

The Society’s Rye Day will be held on the date above and will include a Buffet Lunch and Tea at Fletcher’s House Tea Rooms in Lion Street, Rye. It will begin 12.30pm for 1pm. In the afternoon there will be a walk round the town looking at places of Benson interest and a visit to Lamb House. After Tea there will be the Benson Quiz, This will be followed at about 6.15pm by a concert performance by composer Kate Garner of her new Mapp & Lucia Musical. Kate has very kindly agreed to come and introduce her new musical to us and discuss this exciting project. We are very grateful to her. It will be the first time any of this music has been heard. Sherry will be served beforehand. There will be a charge for the day to cover: lunch, tea and the musical evening which will be in June’s Newsletter, together with the Booking Form

Saturday, September 9th

Visit to Magdalene College, Cambridge

Arthur Benson, E.F.Benson’s older brother, was a Fellow and Master of Magdalene College. We will meet at Magdalene College at 2pm and meet the Pepys Librarian, Dr. Hughes, and present to the College the Society’s copy of Fred Benson’s diary. We will then visit Benson Hall, the Old Library and Archive, and end at the Pepys Library and view Arthur Benson’s diary and have a talk by Dr. Hughes. We will then have Afternoon Tea at a nearby Hotel. Details and Booking Form will be in July’s Newsletter.