During the past three years, I have attempted to share information about London events, British history and culture. The ANGLOPHILE has grown into an amazing experience for me and for others who provide me with information and leads which I should share. With thousands of people reading and commenting on the blog on a daily basis, there has emerged a “club” of close friends, all involved one way or another with this project. I have always believed that life is richer when people share and discuss and advise. One of my most active contributors suggested that we move one step further by creating a society of friends who gather twice a year for a two-day event where we enrich our lives with each other’s experiences. Another contributor suggested we call the interested group THE OCTAVIAN SOCIETY. I asked if the name was a bit too “humble” for our emerging group; his suggested the name should represent what this Society could become. So, there we are. Believe me, we will be looking for a PATRON.
The general plan is the Society would meet twice a year for a two-day event. The dates we are considering is 15 January, and the second date is 15 September–the Friday evening/Saturday closest to those dates each year. It is suggested that Friday evening be our banquet at the Savoy where we would gather for a good meal, good friendship, and a guest speaker. On Saturday, we would have a fascinating “field trip” organized. I suggest that our first EVENT be the Saturday closest to 15 September 2012. Friday evening at the Savoy would host a specialist who would speak about Badminton House and the Duke of Beaufort’s historical miniatures on ivory and paintings. On the Saturday, we would leave London early in our own private coach for a trip to Gloucestershire to visit Badminton House as guests of the Duke and then proceed to Owlpen Manor for luncheon with Sir Nicholas and Lady Mander in their ancient Great Hall. A tour of Owlpen Manor and all their wonderful cottages by the Manders would be fascinating. Evening return to London. I believe that these kinds of episodes twice a year would be very worthwhile. There would be advance invitations and mailings to keep everyone informed, and we would love to have everyone who can schedule the events in their busy calendars participating when possible. To date, I have contacted about 25 people for their in-put, guidance, and comments and have had wonderful response and great enthusiasm. Several speakers and field trips have been recommended as possible events. Believe me, I am excited to attend everyone of them.
I decided I would mention this developing project to my readers in case there others who would like to join our group. A Society of 50 people will be our beginning goal. It would be a collection of people who have intense interest in British culture and have been involved in British life in some way. It is our purpose to SHARE our interests and talents. There are many of you out there, somewhere, who travel, collect, merchandise, and share your historical interests. You are scholars in some way or another. Please contact me; we want to invite you to be one of us. I know a young photographer whose photographic work in London is magnificent. I meet another photographer on one of my jaunts with my “big Lens,” and knows the faces of the city; he wants to join us. Several of those interested are absolute ANGLOPHILES who are always welcome. Real estate developers, scholars, society ladies, and London business owners have shown interest. The scholars and historians are always welcome. So, there we have it. Let me have your thoughts. I am dedicated to this wonderful project, and I hope you feel you can contribute. Let me know.
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918