The Sheila Kaye-Smith Society

OUR programme for 2013 will be completed with the Christmas House Party, this year hosted by Janet and Andrew Broderick Ward on December 5 and a very successful programme it has turned out to be, with two more excellent talks in October and November.

Firstly, however, at the AGM in September the standing committee were re-elected, with the exception of Tom Churcher, honorary membership secretary.

Our chairman, Jane Morrell, expressed the society’s grateful thanks and best wishes to Tom for all his work. Chris Morrell will take over this position. The society has welcomed several new members this year.

Elsie Bowerman, Titanic survivor, Suffragette and first woman barrister at the Old Bailey, a Hastings resident and contemporary of Sheila Kaye-Smith, was the subject of an absorbing lecture by Judith Kinnison Bourke in our Barbara Laming Memorial Lecture series in October.

Little England, was the subject of The Rev Phil Streeter’s November talk. He gave a deep and enthusiastic review of what he considered Sheila Kaye-Smith’s best book. Next year we will be reading Superstition Corner.

We meet at Filsham Hall, at the top of Filsham Road at 2.30pm and visitors are very welcome. Please ring our secretary on 422139 if you would like further information.