The book group has been running since 2003. The group meet once a month, except for August and close to Christmas, and so usually read ten books in the course of a year. Most of the books read are fiction, mainly twentieth or even twenty-first century works. However, “classic” novels by Jane Austen, George Eliot, Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy have also been selected.

The Convenor of the group is John Long, who can be contacted on 226200. The meetings, which are very informal and relaxed, take place on a Monday from 1.45pm to 2.45pm – to fit in with other commitments, including the school run!  Books and dates are generally chosen two months in advance so that there is plenty of time to obtain and read them. The book group is affiliated to the Essex Library Service enabling sets of books to be borrowed for two months. Most recently the book group have read ‘The Good Earth’ by the Nobel Prize winning author Pearl S. Buck, which, as usual, provoked a wide range of responses – both to the book itself and to its relevance to the book group member’s lives. It is extremely rare for opinions to be unanimous. Next on the list is ‘Spies’ by Michael Frayne. There is not a formal structure to the meetings, but the Convenor tries hard to keep the discussion focused on the selected book!

New members are very welcome. The only requirement is that you read the book before each meeting.