The 2006 AGM took place on September 9th, 2006. Details may be found on the appropriate page.
On April 30th 2006, members of the SSF, led by Phil Carne and Christian Major, walked and rode around London
visiting sites associated with Sassoon, including a guided tour of the Reform Club.
In March 2006, the SSF was represented at the memorial service for George Sassoon in Heytesbury Church.
In May 2006, we were represented at the AGM of the Alliance of Literary Societies, in Bath.
In November, 2005, several members attended the opening of the new Craiglockhart exhibition, which the SSF
The AGM and conference 2005 was held at Marlborough College, Wiltshire, on 1st October 2005. This
was the fifth AGM of the SSF, the first having been held in Malvern in 2001, the second in Cheltenham in 2002, and the third
at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in 2003.
The 2004 AGM and conference took place in the Arts' Workers Guild, London. (This conference was held
jointly with the Wilfred Owen Association. )
Past speakers have included Jean Moorcroft Wilson, Neil Brand, Ann and Anthony Thwaite and Alistair
In February 2005, a small group of members got together for a visit to the theatre, to see a production
of Not About Heroes, Stephen Macdonald's two-hander about the friendship between Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.
May 2005: Sassoonites gathered in the Tithe Barn at Mells, Somerset, on Saturday, 28 May, for a conference
organised by the War Poets Association. Speakers were Jean Moorcroft Wilson, Michael McGarvie, Dom Philip Jebb and Dennis
Silk. On behalf of the SSF, Dennis laid flowers on the grave of Siegfried Sassoon, and Jean read an unpublished Sassoon
poem at the graveside.
April 2005: Members were very sorry to hear of the death of Margo McRice, who was a founder member of the
SSF. Despite being geographically distant (Margo lived in California), she was a great enthusiast and a good friend
to many of us. We miss her very much.
It was with sadness that we also learned of the death of a former member, Dr Lionel Dakers. Dr Dakers
was a distinguished musician and a CBE. Dr Dakers owned an impressive collection of Sassoon memorabilia, which was later
auctioned at Christies.
August 2005: The literary magazine The Reader carried an article by Carolyn Johnson on Memoirs
of a Fox-Hunting Man. Unfortunately, we have been unable to find out anything about Carolyn, and the magazine was
unable to help us to contact her, so if you're reading this...
Napier University launched its War Poets exhibit at Craiglockhart (where Sassoon and Owen met) on Remembrance
Cecil Woolf launched the new War Poets series with works on Aldington, Blunden, Keyes and Alun Lewis.
To read a review, click on the link.
Click here to read review of Alan Byford's book on Edmund Blunden