Portsmouth Branch

What does the Portsmouth Branch do?

We hold regular meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, with the exception of February, July and August. These are held mainly in St. Swithun's Church Hall, Southsea, and run from 2.30 to 4.30 p.m. The meetings are well-organised, and sometimes include talks, which are usually on a Dickens-related theme. We also have regular discussion and/or readings concerning our book of the year.

What else do we have to offer?
In addition to the meetings we run a number of other events, including:-

  • An Annual Birthday Lecture at John Pound's Church, High Street, Old Portsmouth, on the Saturday before 7th February (Charles Dickens's birthday).
  • A wreath-laying ceremony at the Birthplace Museum on the 7th February, in celebration of the birth of Charles Dickens.
  • A Birthday Lunch, attended by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, on the second Tuesday in February.
  • A Church Service at St Alban's Church, Copnor on or near the 4th March to celebrate the Baptism of Charles Dickens.
  • An annual outing by coach during the month of May.
  • An Evensong Service in St. Mary's Church, followed by refreshments and readings from the works of Dickens in the church hall to commemorate the death of Charles Dickens. This takes place on the Sunday nearest to 9th June.
  • Film shows at the Frewen Library, University of Portsmouth, Cambridge Road, mostly the films of Dickens's novels.
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