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The Dickens Costume sale in support of Dickensian Christmas took place on in Rochester High Street on November 9th 2019. It will be back in the summer in the run up to the Dickens Festival 2020, and we will carry advanced information here.
TheDickensian Christmas will take place over the weekend of December 7-8 2019, and the festival programme is available as a download - it carries useful information including 'Park and Ride'.
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The 2020 Summer Festival will be very special, and the schedule will not be to the normal formula; to mark the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens' death there will be a five day event from Wednesday 10th June 2020 to Sunday 14th June 2020, which will incorporate the Rochester Dickens Festival on Saturday 13th June 2020 and Sunday 14th June 2020. We will let you know as soon as we have more information.
We are very sad to hear of the passing of two Dickens characters who were well known as Scrooge and Mrs. Gamp at the Festivals. Alan and Gwen Whippy were members of Medway Film Makers (Medway Camcorder Club), Medway Little Theatre and Dickens characters, Alan being Scrooge. Alan passed away in the early hours of Monday morning (14th Oct. 2019) and Gwen on July 8th.
Alan's son, Graeme, has set up a Facebook page for messages to be left.
Please check on the organisers' official websites by clicking on the links
The Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship holds regular meetings on the 3rd Thursday of the month, normally in Gads Hill School, Higham ME3 7PA. Non-Members are welcome for a small fee payable on the door but advanced booking is essential. Further details from Hon Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 6th December 2019 7:30PM (doors open 7PM) - 11PM
This year the theme for the evening is 'Balmoral Christmas' and we have been invited by Her Majesty Queen Victoria to Balmoral in Bonnie Scotland, home of the Ghillies Ball. Doors open at 7PM to give guests time to settle in before our piper welcomes Her Majesty at 7:30.
We will enjoy the traditional meal of 'Scotch Pie with neeps and tatties', followed by mince pies and shortbread. Scotch Pie is lightly spiced minced lamb in a water pastry, served with swede and potatoes - contact us by the close of bookings to discuss dietary requirements or seating requests.
Next we will enjoy dancing and entertainment in Her majesty's favourite style featuring the 'Rejigged' Ceilidh band and a caller to keep you all in order. There will be table quizzes, surprise gifts, a raffle and much more, with a pay bar throughout.
Once Her Majesty has retired the evening will conclude with dancing to music from the nineteen forties right up to the present day; Her Majesty almost certainly would NOT have been amused!
Her Majesty will look for her subjects to be dressed appropriately for the evening, and as encouragement she will be honouring 'the most comely tartan accessory' and 'the most amusing use of tartan' with a small gift. Her Majesty has declared that she is much inclined towards the current fashion for Victorian steampunk dress.
Tickets are on sale at the reduced price of £22 per person, meal included, until Monday 18th November; then the price increases to £26 until the close of bookings on Monday 2nd December. However, tickets are selling fast, and it might be a good idea not to delay!
Tickets can be purchased from the Medway Box Office by telephone 01634 338338, through the website at medwayticketslive.co.uk, email email@example.com' or in person. The box office carries more information about the vegetarian meal alternative and other dietary requests, and seating arrangements.
The 'Wash-up meeting', formally known as 'The Dickens Festival Planning Group' will take place on Tuesday January 14th at 7PM in Rochester Corn Exchange.
Dates for Dickens events in 2020