The Southern Circle, founded in 1989, is run on very informal lines.
Although we have close links with the Jane Austen Society, we are not formally a Branch. Our
meetings for the most part take the form of a discussion group (where we sit in a circle, hence
our name) and, at each meeting, we discuss a different aspect of Jane Austen's work. Recent
topics have included individual books, 'favourite characters' (very interesting results), 'least
favourite characters' (even more interesting results), and at our next meeting we will discuss
'what happened next?'.
We meet twice a year, in March and October, on a Saturday from about 12 noon. We are very lucky to have
two excellent venues: the Granary at Jane Austen's House, Chawton (which we visit in March), and Manor
House School in Bookham, (which we visit in October).
Our members come from Berkshire, Hampshire, Kent, London, and the two Sussexes, but mostly from Surrey. We currently
have 40 members. Our annual contribution to help with running costs is £5, payable at the March meeting.
We are always delighted to welcome new members or potential members to our meetings.
If you are interested in joining the Southern Circle, or want to come along to a meeting to try it out, contact
Fiona Ainsworth, 15 Cherry Hill Gardens, Waddon, Surrey CR0 4QL or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.