Calendar 2020

1920 – 2020, Centenary Year of Queen Lucia

Saturday, February 29th 2.30pm 

To mark the 20th actual anniversary of E.F.Benson’s death on February 29th 1940, our Chairman, Keith Cavers will say a few words at Benson’s grave. The Society will leave a floral tribute. Those who wish to attend may care to have Tea afterwards. If you are to be there, please advise the Society’s Secretary.

Sunday, May 17th 2pm

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held in the Conference Room, ground floor, of Tudor Rose Court, 35, Fann Street, London EC2. The AGM will be at 2pm. Afternoon Tea will then be served. Richard Crowest will be reading an Amy Bondham short story, Five Foolish Virgins.  She was very much in the Lucia style and a good introduction to this, Lucia’s centenary year. Richard, who is a member of the Society and well known to members for his readings to us, is a professional reader and script writer and his voice is heard on the Lamb House telephones. We are delighted he can read to us again. Tickets £12.50, through the Society. Details in April’s Newsletter.

In view of the current situation regarding coronavirus, the AGM has been cancelled and next year we will hold an AGM that will be for two years: ie 2019/20 and 2020/21. 


Saturday, July 11th 

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 are plans to be announced later and will include a visit to Lamb House. After Tea there will be the Benson Quiz. Full details in June’s Newsletter.

If the current restrictions are lifted in time, this event will take place but keep looking at our website for details. Members will receive a Newsletter in June updating them.

Saturday, September 5th – Queen Lucia Centenary Event

This very special day will be held at Horstead Keynes in Sussex, the village that inspired Lucia’s Riseholme. Many feel the village is Broadway, because of the references to the river Avon, but this comes from an American reviewer who decided Riseholme was Broadway. However, we must remind ourselves that E.F.Benson was writing fiction and he usually used places he knew well. His mother lived in the village at Tremans and he was very well acquainted with village activities.

When you attend the day you will walk round the village, visit the Church with its Benson memorials and Beth Cooper’s grave, and you can make your own decision as to our interpretation. The Society is delighted that Kate Garner and Richard Crowest are supporting the event, the former with her music, including pieces from her forthcoming Mapp and Lucia musical, and the latter with his readings that will place us firmly in Riseholme. We will meet at 10am at Horstead Keynes station, now on the Bluebell Line, for coffee and a reading and then proceed to follow in Lucia’s footsteps. Lunch will be at the Crown, we will walk and view the exterior of Tremans and end with Tea in nearby Lindfield. All details and booking will be in a Newsletter in late July. A day not to be missed.

The Society very much hopes that the current restrictions will have been lifted by this time but keep looking at our website for details. Members will receive a Newsletter is late July updating them.

The Society trusts all Benson enthusiasts keep safe and well during this very difficult time.