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
3 Bream Close
Wiltshire, SN11 9UF.
If you are joining or renewing from overseas you may also pay by PayPal (this will be a recurring, annual payment unless cancelled) –
You may also contact David Kerslake by email.
Aims & Objectives of the Fellowship
The Fellowship was founded in 1980 and exists to:
- Perpetuate the memory of Edward Thomas and foster interest in his life and works
- 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
- Conserve the countryside known to Edward Thomas and recorded in his writings
- Assist in the preservation of places and things associated with the writer
- Keep people in touch with relevant happenings and to arrange events which extend the Fellowship
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 16 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
- Helping to establish the Edward Thomas Study Centre at Petersfield Museum – near Thomas’ home in Steep, Hampshire
The current members of the Committee are listed below, together with their current roles and contact email addresses where appropriate. New members of the committee are always welcome and if you would like to know about being a committee member please contact a member of the committee.
There are currently three committee meetings a year (following changes brought about as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and Climate Change it is planned that up to two of these meetings will be held by electronic means) and an AGM which is held in March following the annual Birthday Walk.
|Jeremy Mitchell||Chair and Keeper of the Edward Thomas Study Centrefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Julia Maxted||Social Media Coordinator: Twitter|
|David Kerslake||Newsletter editor; Membership Secretary and Outreach Coordinatoremail@example.com; or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Margaret Keeping||Organiser Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competitionemail@example.com|
|Mike Cope||Organiser Annual Birthday Walk|
|Richard Emeny||Immediate Past Chair|
|Marie-Marthe Gervais||Archivist of the Fellowship records and Representative Friends of Steep Church|
|Lucy Milner||Social Media Coordinator: Facebook and Instagram|
|Benedict Mackay||Minutes Secretary|
|Robert Woolliams||Youth Engagement Coordinator|
The Fellowship holds an Annual General Meeting, usually in March following the Birthday Walk.
A copy of the draft minutes from the last AGM may be read here