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The Society

Ansford Inn, SomersetThe Parson Woodforde Society was founded in 1968 by the Revd Canon L Rule Wilson and may be said to have two main aims:

  • to extend and develop knowledge of James Woodforde's life and the society in which he lived
  • to provide opportunity for fellow enthusiasts to meet together - from time to time - in places associated with the diarist, and to exchange news and views

The Society is a Registered Charity (no. 1010807), and is affiliated to the Alliance of Literary Societies.


Membership of the Parson Woodforde Society is open to any person of the age of 18 years and over upon successful application, and upon payment of the subscription then in force; subject only to the power of the committee to limit membership to a prescribed number. For information about joining the Society, please click here.

The Journal

The Society's Journal has been produced three or four times a year since 1968. It is usually 40-50 pages in length, and contains four or five substantial articles on matters of interest to Society members, together with editorial material and letters. There are occasional extended supplements: for example, The Custances and their Family Circle by L H M Hill, and Parson Woodforde and the Tax System by R L Winstanley.

Non-members may read the Journal at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library, the University of East Anglia Library, the London Library and Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society.

The Society's Newsletter typically consists of four pages relating to such matters as meetings and publications. From Summer 2011, the Newsletter is available on this website to download.

In 2008 the Society marked its 40th anniversary by publishing Walks Around James Woodforde's Norwich, a 48-page booklet describing the city which Woodforde knew. Illustrated with maps and drawings. Still available.

Current Committee Members

  • Margaret Bird - President
  • Margaret Bird - Acting Chairman
  • Vacant - Vice-Chairman
  • Martin Brayne - Journal Editor
  • Katharine Solomon - Newsletter Editor
  • Lee Abraham - Hon. Secretary
  • Diane McKay - Hon. Membership Secretary
  • David Atterbury Thomas - Hon. Treasurer (General)
  • Peter McKay - Hon. Treasurer (Gift Aid)
  • Jenny Alderson
  • Dr David Case
  • Brian Richardson
  • Alan Ovenden
  • Stewart Waterston

Data Privacy Notice

  1. Your personal data what is it?

    Personal Data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller's possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the "GDPR".)

  2. Who are We?

    The Parson Woodforde Society ("the Society") is the data controller (contact details below.) This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

  3. How do we process your personal data?

    The Society complies with its obligations under the "GDPR" by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

    We use your personal data for the following purposes:

    • To enable us to meet the aims of the Society;
    • To administer membership records;
    • To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications)
    • To inform you of news, events and activities of the Society.
  4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?
    • Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and process your gift aid donations.
  5. Sharing your personal data

    Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the Society for purposes connected with the Society.

  6. How long do we keep your personal data?

    Specifically we retain the membership records while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate.

  7. Your rights and your personal data

    Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

    • The right to request a copy of your personal data which the Society holds about you.
    • The right to request that the Society corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
    • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the Society to retain such data;
    • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time;
    • The right where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
    • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner's Office.
  8. Further Processing

    If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

  9. Contact Details

    To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact the Society Membership Secretary.

    You can contact the Information Commissioner's office on 0303 123 1113 or via email: or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF

this page last updated on 1 May, 2023

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