Calendar 2021

Saturday, July 10th 

Rye Day & AGM’s

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. The Society will also be holding its AGM for this year and last in the afternoon in the adjacent Parish Hall. Because of the government restrictions, this is the first opportunity the Society will have had to do this.

After the AGM there will be a reading of an Amy Bondham short story, Five Foolish Virgins, by Richard Crowest. Amy is very much a Lucia style character, and the stories appeared in the Tatler, during the early 1920’s.  We can rely on Richard to bring this character to life. Following this reading there will be a return to Fletcher’s House for Tea and the daunting Benson Quiz!

Full details and costs in early June’s Newsletter.

As above, this event will depend on government guidance and restrictions applying at the time. Please keep checking the website nearer the time.

Saturday, September 11th – Queen Lucia Centenary  Event ( delayed from last year, now 101st anniversary) 

This very special day will be held at Horsted 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 Horsted Keynes station, now on the Bluebell Line, for coffee and a reading and then proceed to follow in Lucia’s footsteps up the hill into the village.  Unlike Lucia we will drive up, and I am sure lifts will be given to those without motors. Lunch will be at the Crown, we will walk about a mile 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 is delighted that both Kate Garner and Richard Crowest have agreed to join us this year and celebrate the 101st anniversary of the publication of Queen Lucia.

The Society very much hopes that the current restrictions will have been lifted by this time, but still keep checking the website for details. As above, we will be guided by whatever government restrictions are in place at the time.

The Society trusts all Benson enthusiasts keep safe and well during the current restrictions and that we can meet up during this year.