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Annual Report 2016

The most noteworthy events of 2016 were the deaths of Bill and Kathleen Adams, a couple whose extraordinary dedication and hard work from 1968 until 2008 enabled the Fellowship to prosper and become a genuinely influential literary society. Bill was…

Annual Report 1984

1984 was an exciting year because of the challenge of the George Eliot Statue. Since 1980 the Fellowship Council had felt we were a little in the doldrums. After the interesting years leading up to the centenary of George Eliot's death, and the…

Annual Report 1979

This report of our 1979 activities was 'being prepared in the midst of all the publicity for our plans for the Centenary, and with so much on my mind, it was not easy to think back a year to the days when 1980 still seemed some way off. 1979 was…

Annual Report - 2015

Another successful year' is always good to report, and is expected of a chairman. But it really was a terrific year for the Fellowship. The only damper was the slow, painfully slow progress on the Visitor Centre. I start with thanks to the Fellowship…

Annual Report - 2014

No wonder we all felt exhausted by December! In preparing this report I have realized what an extraordinary number of things the Fellowship did last year; certainly the biggest workload since I became chairman but, one hopes, a year which brought new…

Annual Report - 2012

The year began in March with an introduction to Romola for the Nuneaton George Eliot Study Group which was attended by nearly forty local members. This was followed up by more in depth sessions on Romola at Bedworth Almshouses after Easter. These…

Annual Report - 2011

It was a good year for the Fellowship. Our membership numbers held their own, and although some older members have difficulty getting to events, we have attracted new members who have been enthusiastic in their support. The theme for the year was…

Annual Report - 2010

It is pleasing to report another successful year for the Fellowship, albeit with the occasional blip where we were perhaps over-ambitious in our plans: we had to cancel two of our George Eliot Country Tours. We lost a few members, either as a result…

Annual Report - 2009

I am pleased to report that last year was a successful one. There are things we might have done better, or differently, but I think we can say that 2009 was marked by events which provided huge pleasure and satisfaction for our members, and for a…

Annual Report - 2000

2000, the Millennium Year, proved to be a mixture of success and some disappointment. The Fellowship Council planned many extra events for so auspicious a year; some were very suc-cessful, others were not. Indeed, many of us felt that the excitement…

Annual Report - 1999

During 1999 we were unusually busy in planning the extra events to take place in 2000. Before I began this report I had spent a few weeks updating the Story of the George Eliot Fellowship which had been published for our fiftieth anniversary in 1980…

Annual Report - 1998

Every year I begin this report by saying what a busy year the Fellowship has had. Every year it seems to get busier; certainly the workload increases each year - which must be a measure of our success in reaching out in all directions, not only in…

Annual Report - 1997

1997 was, as always, a busy year for the Fellowship, beginning with the Annual General Meeting on 14 March. Mrs Kathleen Porter retired from the Fellowship Council and was thanked for many supportive years. The Chairman had just completed twenty-five…

Annual Report - 1996

When our year began with the Annual General Meeting we had the opportunity to accept our new Constitution. This enabled us to apply for and receive Charitable Status which we hope will be a useful situation for us in the future. At the meeting we…

Annual Report - 1995

I would like to begin this report with something exciting to say but Annual General Meetings, with which our year inevitably begins, are never exciting events. In 1995 it all went smoothly - the only change being the retirement of Kathleen Porter as…

Annual Report - 1994

The year got off to an unusual start. The hyperbole associated with the BBC Television production of Middlemarch suddenly shot George Eliot into the forefront of many peo-ple's minds. The beginning of the year is always a very busy time but from…

Annual Report - 1993

The year's events began in a quite festive manner. Although the Annual General Meeting in March produced no special surprises, it was the 25th anniversary of my election as Fellowship Secretary so 1 provided cakes instead of the usual mundane…

Annual Report - 1992

As I reach the end of my 25 years as Secretary of the Fellowship I inevitably look back to the beginning of my years of office and, as I prepared this report, to the first one I delivered 24 years ago. It covered half of a sheet of quarto paper…

Annual Report - 1991

An uneventful Annual General Meeting in March began our year and was followed by a much more stimulating AGM of the Alliance of Literary Societies in Birmingham on April 20th, when a party from the Fellowship attended and had the pleasure of meeting…

Annual Report - 1990

The year opened, as it always does, with the least exciting event - the Annual General Meeting. All four officers were re-elected and we also re-elected for a further three year term our supportive and generous President Jonathan Ouvry. The next…

Annual Report 1983

I began last year's report on a somewhat gloomy note, disappointed that our membership totals had dropped by 30 from the previous year. At the end of 1983, our membership had again diminished, but by a smaller number, being 9 down on 1982. That we…

Annual Report 1982

In some ways, 1982 has been a disheartening year. the lower attendances recorded in 1981 and thought to be inevitable after the excitements of the centenary year, continued into 1982, and, for the first time since 1967 our membership has dropped. We…

Annual Report - 1981

At the beginning of my report for 1980, when discussing the end of the exciting centenary year, I said that I breathed a huge sigh of relief and prepared to return to normal. The return to normal, inevitably, has produced a sense of anti-climax, and,…

Annual Report - 2001

Looking back thirty years to my report for 1971 I found that I had written 'It is most reward-ing to be able to report a successful and stimulating year'. Thirty years later I can say the same - despite having drawn in our horns after the less than…

Annual Report - 2002

2002 was, as always, a busy year, and the one in which we published our Pitkin Guide to George Eliot. This was something of a milestone for us as Pitkin Guides are so well known around the UK and it seemed right that George Eliot should be included…