Edward Thomas Fellowship
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The aims of the Edward Thomas Fellowship, how to become a member and details of the committee.

Aims and Objectives

Aims and Objectives The Fellowship was founded in 1980 and exists:
  • To perpetuate the memory of Edward Thomas and foster interest in his life and works
  • To foster a continuing relationship with the family and descendants of Edward Thomas in such a way that contributes to the aims and objectives of the Fellowship
  • To conserve the countryside known to Edward Thomas and recorded in his writings
  • To assist in the preservation of places and things associated with the writer
  • To keep people in touch with relevant happenings and to arrange events which extend the Fellowship
Achievements Since its foundation, the Fellowship has arranged or assisted with various events and activities including:
  • placing plaques on houses lived in by Edward Thomas
  • arranging recitals of Edward Thomas's poetry and prose writings and performances of Elected Friends, Lights Out and For You, Helen, dramatic works based on his life and influence
  • placing a seat below the memorial stone on the Shoulder of Mutton Hill near Steep, in memory of Rowland and Cherry Watson whose enthusiasm led to the dedication of the memorial to Edward Thomas in 1937
  • encouraging publishers to reprint editions of Edward Thomas's prose works
  • helping to institute in Poets Corner, Westminster Abbey, a memorial to Edward Thomas and 12 other poets of the First World War
  • helping various bodies, including the Imperial War Museum, to stage exhibitions
  • campaigning against proposed developments which have threatened to damage the countryside known and loved by Edward Thomas
  • leading walks around places associated with Edward Thomas
  • organising seminars, concerts and other events
  • administering the Edward Cawston Thomas Memorial prize for original writing related to Edward Thomas and his concerns
  • publishing notecards and a CD
The Edward Thomas Fellowship is a member of the Alliance of Literary Societies and is affiliated to the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Membership of the Fellowship is open to anyone interested in the life and works of Edward Thomas. All members are sent a Newsletter twice a year and advised of forthcoming events and publications of significant interest. The Fellowship frequently organises seminars, visits and other events for its members. Everyone is welcome to join our Birthday and Autumn Walks each year, free of charge.

How to Join
The annual subscription, payable on 1st January, is £15.00 for individuals or families living at the same address. Membership for subscribers joining after 1st October will continue through to the end of the following year. From an administrative point of view, it is preferable to pay subscriptions by standing order but direct payments can be accepted.

To join, print off and complete the membership application form, or write a letter, and mail it with payment, to David Kerslake, 3 Bream Close, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 9UF. 

You may also contact David Kerslake by email.

The Committee

Joint Presidents:
Edna Longley and Michael Longley

Elected Committee Members:
Richard Emeny (Chairman)
Jeremy Mitchell (Vice-Chairman and contact for the Edward Thomas Study Centre)
Barbara Kinnes (Honorary Treasurer)
David Kerslake (Membership and Outreach Secretary)
Ian Morton (Fellowship Secretary)
Margaret Thompson (Minutes Secretary and contact for the annual poetry competition)
Julia Maxted (Newsletter Editor and
Twitter co-moderator)
Martin Haggerty (Website Manager)
Lucy Milner (Facebook and Twitter co-moderator)
Mike Cope (Birthday Walk organiser)
Marie-Marthe Gervais (Fellowship Archivist)

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