Chichester Literary Society

Our Next Meeting


Wednesday, December 14th, 1pm

Christmas Lunch

Members wishing to attend the Christmas lunch at Boxgrove Village Hall, should send a cheque before December 7th, payable to Chichester Literary Society to our secretary Janet at 66 The Green, Rowlands Castle, Hants PO9 6AB. Cost £35 pp. The menu for the lunch has been sent to members. This is always a festive and enjoyable annual occasion for our members.

On  November 2nd, following a brief AGM, Nigel gave an interesting presentation on Mary Russell Mitford, (1787-1855)  author and dramatist best known for her series of sketches of rural village life published as Our Village during the 1820’s and ’30s. See Journal/Talks page for more on the talk.

 Mary Russell Mitford

Committee News

Robbie Grieve has decided to step down from the committee after many loyal years of service. She edited the now defunct newsletter for several years and has been a dedicated committee member. Simon Brett presented her with a bouquet of flowers at the November meeting in recognition of her long service and wished her well in her new life with family in Norfolk. She hopes to move in the New Year.

We are now, of course, looking for new volunteer committee members from the membership so please think about volunteering your services, especially if you have technology skills! Please talk to a committee member if you can help out.


Meeting Venue

Boxgrove Village Hall,


Visitors very welcome!

Doors open at 1.30pm for 2pm start.

Members Free, Visitors £7, Students £2 on the door – no need to book.

There is a large car park.






Wednesday, December 14th at 1pm

Members’ Christmas Lunch


 Boxgrove Village Hall

Please sign up with our secretary before December 7th if you wish to attend the Christmas Lunch and let her know of any special dietary requirements. Details about the lunch have been sent to members

Photos See photos below of  Robbie Grieve’s presentation with Simon Brett and Nigel Gossop at our Nov.’22 meeting.  Also, Dr. Anthony Cane with Marjorie James at our September ’22 meeting  plus our lovely banner designed by member, Nigel Gossop.



We look forward to seeing you all again at Boxgrove Village Hall.

Other Literary Events

Open Mic Poetry Chichester

For more information please go to the website below.


Guest poets launch each session followed by an open mic. Listeners equally welcome. 7.30pm








Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.
Jean Rhys
One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.
Carl Sagan
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
Mary Wortley Montague.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.The man who never reads lives only one.
George R.R. Martin

We welcome old and new members and visitors to Boxgrove Village Hall.

Simon Brett with Robbie Grieve, Nov.22
CLS Banner 2022 Designed by Nigel Gossop
Simon, Robbie & Nigel - Nov.'22 Meeting
Dr. Anthony Cane, Marjorie James 9/'22