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Dry Drayton Book Group - Formed in 2022


(See below for a circulation in March 2022 which led to the formation of the group)


Dry Drayton Book Group - Formed March 2022


Update March 2022 from Hilary Smith.

Following some initial publicity, there was sufficient interest to meet to discuss how a book group might be run and an initial programme was drawn up.  The group aims to include a wide variety of authors and literary styles over the coming months and the titles will be chosen by consensus amongst the members.  It is not expected that all books will be enjoyed equally by all members and, from experience, this leads to some of the most interesting discussions. 

Meetings start at 19.30 and are expected to last 1-1.5 hours.  Initially meetings will be held here in Pettitts Lane but may rotate around other member's homes as the group develops. 


If you are interested in joining the group please contact me by email to hilary.smith@xtranex.co.uk.  


We hope to see many of you at our meetings when you will be assured of a lively discussion about the book and interesting conversations about local activities.


The meeting dates and books chosen are as follows: 
Monday 11 April        - discussing Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half
Monday 9 May           - discussing Ruth Hogan’s The Moon, the Stars and Madame Burova
Monday 20 June       - discussing Francis Spufford’s Golden Hill





Information circulated about establishing a new Dry Drayton Reading Circle, March 2022


The original Dry Drayton Reading Circle, operated by Bill and Sandra Martin (Mason) had its first meeting in January 2003 and ran until 2018. In 2022 Hilary Smith is exploring the possible level of support for a new group. Her appeal is below.


Do you enjoy reading? Would you like to broaden your reading repertoire?


Since moving to Dry Drayton, I have been looking to join a book group or similar reading circle.  I was interested to see that Dry Drayton had a very successful Reading Circle which, I now know, sadly closed in 2018.  As we move out of Covid restrictions, I am wondering if there is any interest in setting up another Reading Circle.  

Prior to moving here I was a member of a Book Group and I would be happy to run one in the village if there is sufficient interest.  The group would meet monthly for 9 months a year (no meeting in July, August or December) to discuss the agreed book for the month and hear about others that members have recently read.  This is very similar to the way Sandra and Bill used to run the Reading Circle.  Details of the timing for meetings and venue will be decided once the level of interest has been gauged.


To register your interest and comment on this proposal please email me at: