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The Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship was formed in 2001 to honour the memory of this extraordinary writer and man. It co-ordinates a range of activities, including an annual conference.
 



Events have taken place at Malvern, Cheltenham, London, Marlborough, Brenchley and Matfield, Mells, Downside, Oxford, Cambridge,  Stratford-upon-Avon, Radley and Cardiff.
 



Siegfried’s Journal is a substantial bi-annual publication containing a mix of scholarly and entertaining articles, book reviews and news items.
 
We hope to welcome you to the SSF


 Fellowship's Life President: Dennis Silk CBE

Patron-in-Chief: Kendall Sassoon



Patrons:
Max Egremont 
John Stuart Roberts       Jean Moorcroft Wilson


Neil Brand

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The 2014 AGM of the Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship was held in The Empire Room at The Lamb, Bloomsbury, London, on Saturday 18 October.


The committee and officers for 2014-2015 are as follows: 


Chair: Meg Crane

Vice Chair: Christian Major 

Secretary: Deb Fisher 

Treasurer: Sam Gray

Publicity Officer: Peter Clinch 

Publications Officer: Mhairi Pooler Hellbrant


Committee:

Phil Carradice 

Cynthia Greenwood 

Irene McCready

Peter Rogers

Jack Sturiano


Neil Brand has been adopted as a patron of the SSF.


Following the meeting, Dr George Simmers gave a talk entitled 

"Too terribly beastly and nasty and corpsey":  'How novelists of the 1920's represented war poets .'

 

A summary of proceedings will be included in the next edition of Siegfried's Journal.

 


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In the first half of 2014, the SSF has lost two dear friends and patrons of the Fellowship.  Dom Sebastian Moore died on 28 February, aged 96, and we have just heard the news that Dom Philip Jebb has also passed away.

 

Dom Sebastian was the monk who gave Siegfried Sassoon his instruction prior to Siegfried’s reception into the Catholic faith in 1957.  More information about him may be found elsewhere on this website.  Dom Philip, grandson of Hilaire Belloc, was a fellow monk of Sebastian’s at Downside Abbey and one of the last people to visit Siegfried prior to the latter’s death, an event about which he wrote movingly and spoke to us on several occasions.



More recently, Bob Miller one of our life members died on 16th August. He had been suffering from cancer for some time. Bob was the long-time organiser of the annual cricket match at Matfield, in which a GeorgeSherston's X1 plays Matfield Cricket Club. The Times obituary of Bob can be found here.


                                        


Bob Miller 1947-2014

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We have recently been sent a link to a remarkable rendition of Siegfried's poem Attack  It forms part of an 'Anti-War' song-cycle scored by Carsten Braun from Germany. We think you might find it interesting. Let us have your views on the 'Contact Us' Page.      


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SSF member Vivien Whelpton's recently published biography of the poet and novelist Richard Aldington entitled 'Poet, Soldier and Lover: the years 1922-1929'  is featured on  Vivien's website.

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