THE BETJEMAN SOCIETY aims to promote the study and appreciation of the work and life of Sir John Betjeman by bringing together all those who admire his writings and share his enthusiasms.

There is an annual programme which includes poetry readings, lectures, discussions, visits to places associated with Betjeman, walks, picnics and social events.

A regular Newsletter is published which gives information about the Society. Our annual journal, The Betjemanian, contains articles, letters, reviews and photographs. It is a publication of permanent interest, and copies of most back issues are available.

Full details of the Society, its many branches, and events, can be found at their own website -

Main Society events in 2011

Saturday 14 May at 9.30am. A Coach Tour to Metroland leaving from Baker Street Station.

Saturday 25 June, 11.30am for 12 noon.  Annual General Meeting at Magdalen College, Oxford followed by an afternoon event.

Saturday 23 July 2.00pm to 6.00pm A River Trip starting at Kingston-upon-Thames.

Thursday 25 August at 6 for 6.30pm at St. John’s Church, Waterloo. The Betjeman Birthday Party – Roger Lewis is our Guest Speaker.

Sunday 28 August A Walk led by Don Kennedy followed at 4.00pm by Birthday readings at the St Pancras Statue.

Thursday 29 September at 6.00pm at 50 Albermarle Street, W1 An evening at John Murray’s

Thursday 20 or 27 October, 6.00 for 6.30pm. The Gallery, Cowcross Street (venue to be confirmed) – John Betjeman and the foundation of the Victorian Society.  The Betjeman Lecture given by Bevis Hillier.