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eNews Note – June 2020

Hello Everyone and welcome to our latest E-Bulletin, which is issued in a situation that many, if not all, of us, could not have foreseen when the last one was sent on 19 March 2020.

In this note:

  • An update from the Chair
  • 2020 Birthday Walk
  • 2020 AGM
  • News from other Literary Societies
  • Autumn newsletter – call for content
  • Edward Thomas Study Centre – update – work starts again

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Edward Thomas Study Day 2020 – POSTPONED

It is with great sadness that, in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic and government guidelines, the Edward Thomas Study Day scheduled for 13 June 2020 has been postponed.

We are working with the participants and hosts to re-schedule the day, with a programme as close to that proposed this year, for a similar date in June 2021.

Once further information is available it will be posted on this page and in a future edition of the newsletter.

I know many will be disappointed, however we are looking forward to bringing the Study Day to you in 2021, when the new Study Centre in Petersfield Museum will also be open.… Continue Reading

Further re-arrangement of the 2020 Birthday Walk

The annual Birthday Walk will now take place on Sunday 4th October 2020

It will come as no surprise to members and friends that it is not feasible to hold the re-arranged Birthday Walk and AGM as planned on Sunday 5th April and it is therefore being postponed once again.

Whilst no-one knows what the situation will be like in October, it is currently proposed that the Walks will be re-arranged once again and will take place on Sunday 4th October 2020, at the same times and over the same routes.

This date has been chosen as it is close to the anniversary date of the unveiling of the Memorial Stone, which took place on 3rd October 1937.… Continue Reading

2020 Birthday Walk POSTPONED


It is with great regret that we have decided to postpone the annual Edward Thomas Birthday Walk, due to take place this Sunday, 1st March, owing to ground conditions, tree damage on the Hangers and concerns for participants safety on what will undoubtedly be difficult terrain.
This will also mean postponement of the Fellowship’s AGM scheduled to take place in the afternoon.
Both events will be rearranged to a date either in early April or early May and please keep a look out for a notice here or on our Facebook page.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this decision may have caused you.
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Edward Cawston Thomas Poetry Competition 2020 winning poems

The winning poems have now been announced by our judge, Jane Draycott.

The winning poem is ‘The Reader’ by Sue Davies.

The joint second prizes go to Elena Croitoru for her poem ‘Playground’ and to Jo Peters for her poem ‘snowfall’.

Poems by

James Driver, Peter Challis, Karin van Heerden, Laura Potts, Virginia Astley and Wendy Manning were all Highly Commended.

To read the prize-winning poems please follow this link Edward Cawston Thomas Poetry Competition 2020 winning poems

You can now read the judge’s report by following this link – Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2020 – Judge’s Report_JDraycottContinue Reading

eNews Note 02 – May 2019

In this note:

    • An article about the Friends of Steep Church and the work they have paid for to protect the Memorial Windows in Steep Church
    • News of a Poetry event in Portsmouth in June that will feature a talk about Edward Thomas
    • An opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Edward Thomas in July
    • An update about the joint Edward Thomas Fellowship / John Clare Society Study Day in September
    • A note about the Friends of the Dymock Poets Autumn Weekend in October
    • Ben Mackay is looking for volunteers to ‘trial’ his “In Pursuit of Spring” Walks
    • A copy of the draft minutes from this year’s AGM
    • And finally a 2020 date for your diary

Welcome to the second eNewsnote, which is intended to keep members of the Fellowship up to date with forthcoming events (which will also be featured on the Fellowship’s website) and other news that may be of interest.… Continue Reading

Related Figures

Edward Thomas | Petersfield Museum

Edward Thomas is widely regarded as a major poet and his posthumous influence on English poetry has been considerable. He took much inspiration from the natural beauty of the South Downs countryside, especially around his home near Steep, Petersfield.

Friends of the Dymock Poets

Gloucestershire Poets, Writers and Artists Collection (University of Gloucestershire)

Richard Jefferies Society

Walter de la Mare Society

Arthur Ransome Society

The Frost Place
A museum and poetry centre at Robert Frost’s home in Franconia, New Hampshire, USA

AE Housman
(the Housman Society)

Wilfred Owen Association

Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship

Rupert Brooke Society

GK Chesterton
(the American Chesterton Society)

William Morris Society (UK)
Once, when asked what other writing man he would choose to have been, Edward Thomas answered “William Morris”.… Continue Reading

Related Themes

Edward Thomas: Locations of Poems
Anthony Beggs is photographing places in Hampshire associated with Edward Thomas, especially those relating to particular poems.

University of Cardiff Special Collections

National Library of Wales

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

Alliance of Literary Societies
The Edward Thomas Fellowship is a member of the Alliance of Literary Societies. Their website contains links to the member societies’ homepages.

Royal Society of Literature

Campaign to Protect Rural England
Recognising Edward Thomas’s concerns with nature, the landscape and rural life, the Fellowship is affiliated to CPRE.

Ramblers’ Association
Walking in the countryside was one of Edward Thomas’s greatest joys.

Open Spaces Society

British Agricultural History Society

Society for Folk Life Studies

English Folk Dance and Song Society

Halsway Manor
A medieval manor house in Somerset that is a conference venue and home to the National Centre for Folk Arts.… Continue Reading


Out of us all
That make rhymes,
Will you choose
Sometimes —
As the winds use
A crack in a wall
Or a drain,
Their joy or their pain
To whistle through —
Choose me,
You English words?

I know you:
You are light as dreams,
Tough as oak,
Precious as gold,
As poppies and corn,
Or an old cloak:
Sweet as our birds
To the ear,
As the burnet rose
In the heat
Of Midsummer:
Strange as the races
Of dead and unborn:
Strange and sweet
And familiar,
To the eye,
As the dearest faces
That a man knows,
And as lost homes are:
But though older far
Than oldest yew, —
As our hills are, old, —
Worn new
Again and again:
Young as our streams
After rain:
And as dear
As the earth which you prove
That we love.… Continue Reading