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Rochester & Chatham
Hon Gen Secretary Steve Martin
4, Orlick Road, Chalk
Gravesend, Kent DA12 4UP
01474 560250

Members of the Rochester and Chatham Branch with Dickens Fellowship President – Professor Jenny Hartley

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 Hall of Gads Hill School (entrance via school main entrance, good wheelchair access and facilities for the disabled.)

Subscription - £12 year, joint membership £20. 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 and reduced subscription to the journal ‘The Dickensian’.

President: Gerald Dickens
Vice President:John Knott
Chairman: Nick Baines

For further details contact Steve Martin.  Changes to contact details: Treasurer R&CDF.  90, Taverners Road, Rainham, Gillingham, Kent.  ME8 9AQ email:

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.



The Rochester & Chatham Branch are urgently fund raising towards the £100,000 required to save Dickens Swiss Chalet, in which he wrote some of his novels. Donations should be made by BACS transfer AC: 01068407 SC: 40-39-02 or payable to 'The Rochester & Chatham Dickens Fellowship (Chalet Fund)' and sent to Treasurer R&CDF - details above. 

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