The Chatham Book Society
For the gentlemen of Chatham during the summer months, it was apparently the custom to take country walks together to Cobham and Gads Hill. However in the winter there was a desire to maintain the same form of companionship and the outcome was the Chatham Book Society. As a result he society was founded in 1883 and it is still going strong today.
Rules were drawn up at the first meeting and their character has no doubt been the secret of the extraordinary success of the Society. All subjects of a controversial nature were rigidly excluded; although all shades of political opinion and religious thought have been represented in the Society, the wisdom of this course has been apparent as no instance of broken friendship can be traced to membership of the Society.
From the first meeting, the Chatham Book Society has remained essentially social in its character; it has been considered a personal duty by every member to maintain and if possible enhance that ‘esprit de corps’ which stamps the highest hallmark of good fellowship. The stability of membership being one of the greatest; indeed this has been its greatest charm and has contributed in no small degree to the continued success of the society.
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