History of the Dickens Fellowship
North of Boston Branch
The Fellowship was founded in London in 1902.
Objectives: These were "to knit together in a common bond of friendship lovers of the great master humour and
pathos, Charles Dickens", to
spread the love of humanity, to campaign against those that most concerned Dickens, and "to assist in the preservation and purchase
of buildings and objects associated with his name or mentioned in his works".
In a change to the Constitution agreed in 2005, an additional objective was introduced - to promote the knowledge and
appreciation of his works. This was to reflect the change in emphasis of the Fellowship's activities. The
newest enhance the promotion, readership, education of Dickens with activities and events .
North of Boston
Branch~~~~~Founded Spring 2010 Founder Deb Benvie just returning from a London trip had become taken with the Dickens Museum
and Fellowship. Upon her return to Massachusetts area she realized that the closest Fellowship was in Greater
Boston. Soon after a call was sent out for Dickens Fans.The North of Boston Branch was soon born and is now a Chartered
Branch #204, status through the London Office. The Salem Athenaeum is the base for the literary group and has served the
membership well. We hope to participate and forward Dickens literary works through the many cultural festivals, and events
held in the area.
Meetings are a combination of book club, social events, student programming, study groups, and community service
and education. Members are involved to the degree which suits them and fulfills their personal goals. Many
members enjoy just book discussions while others enjoy the programming, planning, and activities. We invite
you to join our Fellowship and rekindle your enjoyment of reading Dickens or start anew.
North of Boston Branch -NOBB
Annual Membership Fee: $15.-
Director: Deb Benvie
Archivist: Bob Bransford
Treasurer: Kathy Anderson
Sat, May 3rd 11 am
Bag Lunch Ch. 54-end
New time & Day, New Members Welcome
Sat., June 7th 11a.m.
*Meet & Greet/enrollment
*Brit Sweet- food for a
King(Duke if Cambridge- Will's fav. snack food )
*Susan Jhirad book disc,
The Salem Athenaeum
North of Boston Branch 337 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
All Available Now !
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What's On !
About Us !
NEW DAY, NEW TIME !
We are moving our meeting day to the 1st Saturday at 11am monthly. A Literary Lunch meeting which will begin June 7th
Open enrollment is 15.- for the remainder of 2014 & through 2015. Giving you an extended six months of membership free.
Just join us, bring a bag lunch, your $15.- dues, and enjoy our garden meeting. You'll get to meet everyone, see our meeting space, and 'consider yourself one of us !!'