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Rochester and Chatham

Branch or Affiliate: 

Branch

Year of Affiliation: 

1903

Country: 

United Kingdom

City: 

Rochester & Chatham
Steve Martin
15 Weald Close, Istead Rise
Gravesend, Kent DA13 9JX

 


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Rochester-Chatham Branch

The Rochester & Chatham Branch was founded on the 26th of May 1903 and became the 13th Branch of the Fellowship; it is now one of the oldest and one of the most respected Branches in the Dickens Fellowship. Rochester and Chatham have close links with Dickens, who spent his childhood years in Chatham and his later years at Gad’s Hill near Rochester. Both connecting towns are featured in many of his novels. Rochester has two Dickens Festivals a year and Chatham is the home of Dickens World, the indoor theme park. A further connection is that our Branch President is Gerald Dickens, the Great, Great, Grandson of Charles Dickens.

Meetings – are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month, normally in the Education Room of Dickens World (entrance via Porters Restaurant and Bar, with wheelchair access and facilities for the disabled.)

Subscription - £10 year, joint membership £17. This includes access to all Branch meetings, as well as all other Dickens Fellowship Branches (UK and World Wide). It also includes free admission to the Charles Dickens Museum in Doughty Street, London, reduced entry fee to Dickens World, and reduced subscription to the journal ‘The Dickensian’.

President: Gerald Dickens
Vice President:John Knott
Chairman: Norman Nunn

For further details contact the Secretary, Mr Steve Martin, on 01474 834164. Changes to contact details: Hon Treasurer Peter Fairbrace, 32 Applecross Close, Rochester, Kent ME1 1PS.

We have an interesting and varied programme of talks and social events and you don’t have to live in Rochester or Chatham to be a member. We would be very pleased to hear from you wherever you live, and be assured that a warm welcome awaits you.


 

Speakers List  2013-2014
 
  • Thursday December 19thBranch Christmas lunch at the Knowle Country House restaurant. Members and their guests only. 
  • Thursday 16th January 2014. “Walking with Charles Dickens” - Peter Clark. 
  • Thursday 20th February 2014. Speaker Jeremy Clarke “Dickens and Medway: the years in Kent as seen through the Rochester Guildhall collection”. 
  • Thursday 20th March 2014. Speaker Duncan Greig “Horology (Clocks & Watches)”. 
  • Thursday 17th April 2014. Speaker Jennifer Ide “The Victorian Fern Craze and the Gad's Hill Conservatory”. 
  • Thursday 15th May 2014. Speaker Dr Tony Williams “Falling to with an appetite: Dickens and The Mystery of Edwin Drood”.
  • Thursday 19th June 2014. Speaker David Cuffley “Brickmaking”. 
  • July Branch Outing  July 2014. Details TBA
 

Further details from Hon Secretary Steve Martin 01474 834164 or stevemartin54@hotmail.com

 
 
All meetings will be held in the Education Room at Dickens World in Chatham unless notified. December venue TBC.
 
 

The Rochester & Chatham Branch are urgently fund raising towards the £100,000 required to save Dickens Swiss Chalet, in which he wrote five of his novels. Donations should be made payable to 'The Rochester & Chatham Dickens Fellowship (Chalet Fund)' and sent to Hon Treasurer Peter Fairbrace. 32, Applecross Close, Rochester, Kent. ME1 1PS England.

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