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The first Just William Day was held in Leeds in 1983 by a group of like-minded William book collectors who decided to meet up to discuss their collections, show others what books and other “goodies” they had, swop, buy and generally have a good time discussing William antics.
It has been held around the country ever since.

As the meetings and the William fan base got bigger, it was decided in 1990 that the proceedings should be put on to a more organised footing and the Just William Society was born. The annual subscription provided the resources to produce a regular magazine - the Just William Society Magazine - which recorded many of the talks from the meeting and keeps members updated with William news.

Sadly, due to rising costs and the retirement of our Magazine editor the published magazine has ceased. So this website is now the prime source of information of the Society.

However, all William fans, whether members of the Society or not, are welcome to come along and enjoy a day of talks, books, friendship – not to mention the acting of one of those radio plays that we so enjoyed just after the war.


Please scroll down for details of the next Just William Day.


The meeting in 2019 has now been set for Saturday April 27th with a tour on the afternoon Friday 26th.


Nicholas Bennett JP
18 Upper Park Road
Bromley BR1 3HT
Email: md@kentrefurbishment.co.uk
Home phone (including answer phone) 020 8466 1363
Mobile: 0777 444 6763


Dear Member
At home with Just William for his centenary
Friday April 26th and Saturday April 27th 2019
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first William story and the Society’s meeting will be in Bromley, home of Richmal Crompton throughout her life chronicling William’s adventures.
We have an exciting two day programme, in conjunction with the Bromley Borough Local History Society, which starts with the Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Kim Botting, opening of the Just William Centenary Exhibition in the Central Library at 2pm on Friday April 26th. There then follows a coach tour visiting Richmal’s various homes, her parish church, the site of the Bromley High School for Girls where she taught, the present School (by kind permission of the Headmistress Angela Drew and finally tea at Beechworth, (by kind permission of John and Evelyn Barclay) her former home from 1954 to 1969 with an opportunity to see her study where she wrote many of the stories. In the evening we dine informally at the Richmal Crompton pub in the Bromley Town Centre.
We meet the Mayor again on Saturday morning for the formal opening of the Society’s meeting in the small hall of the Bromley Central Library at 10.30am. Tea and biscuits and a buffet lunch will be provided. In the evening I and Ruth will host dinner at our house and gardens.
Please find the booking form setting out the times and costs of the various events together with hotels.

Three requests:
Exhibits for the exhibition. A number of members will have received requests for items to loan for display in the exhibition from the Bromley Museum’s curator Jane Cameron. If any other member would like to loan items, they will be grateful received. Please contact Jane directly at jane.cameron@gll.org or me.
Dr Jane McVeigh will give a talk on ‘What William means to me’ at the meeting as part her research for a new book on the life of Richmal sand she would love to hear from members at jane.mcveigh@roehampton.ac.uk

Lastly I still have some slots for the meeting and would welcome further contributions.
With best wishes. Nicholas.



The Just William Society
(in conjunction with the Bromley Borough Local History Society)
At home with Just William for his centenary
Friday April 26th and Saturday April 27th 2019

Friday April 26th 2019

2pm Official opening of the Centenary of Just William Exhibition at the Bromley Central Library, Bromley High Street by her Worship the Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Kim Botting FRSA

2.30pm Coach tour of the sites associated with Richmal Crompton, William’s faithful chronicler, including Bromley High School for Girls (by kind permission of the Headmistress Angela Drew and tea at Beechworth, Chislehurst , Richmal’s home from 1954 until her death in 1969, (by kind permission of John and Evelyn Barclay) Cost: £20 - 35 places only.

7.30 pm informal dinner at the Richmal Crompton pub opposite Bromley South Station (3 minutes down the High Street from the Library – self funded but please indicate if attending so we can inform the pub of numbers.

Saturday April 27th 2019

10.30 am Official opening of the annual Just William Society meeting in the small hall of Bromley Central Library by Worship the Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Kim Botting FRSA. Welcome speech by Kate Massey, President of the Society. Cost: £30

1 pm Buffet lunch

4 pm close of meeting.

7.30 pm Informal Supper at 18 Upper Park Road, Bromley, BR1 3HT – cost (including wine) £15

Getting to Bromley
There are 8 trains an hour to and from Bromley South from Victoria and Kent. Fast trains where the first stop Bromley South from Victoria take 17 minutes, the stopping services takes 30 minutes. Bromley South station is a five minute walk from the Central Library and the Bromley Central Travelodge. The Richmal Crompton pub is directly opposite the station and the Premier Inn is behind the pub. 18 Upper Park Road is a 7 minute walk from the town centre.
By car: Bromley town centre is on the A21 and is also easily accessible from the M25 at junction 4. Car parking is available at a number of locations including the Glades Shopping Centre opposite the Central Library and on Saturday at the Civic Centre a 5 minute walk from the High Street. On street parking is expensive and time limited.

Travelodge Bromley Town Centre (1 min walk from Central Library and 3 mins from station) 18 Elmfield Rd Bromley BR1 1LR 08719 846522
Travelodge London Bromley (10 mins walk to Central Library) 37 London Rd Bromley BR1 1 DG 08715 591856
Premier Inn (5 mins from Library 1 min from Station) Simpsons Road BR2 0QL 08715 279602
Bromley Court Hotel, (15 min walk to Central Library) Bromley Hill, BR1 4JD
020 8461 8600
The Manor at Bickley (10 min bus journey) Thornet Wood Road, BR1 2LW
020 3598 9900Avis Hotel (12 min walk) 33 Rodway Rd, Bromley BR1 3JP 020 8460 4033
Glendevon House Hotel (15-20 min walk, 1 stop on train from Bickley to Bromley South) 80 Southborough Rd, Bromley BR1 2DV 020 8467 2183.

Click here for the booking form.




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