The Society was founded in 1955 by Mr John Chapman, a civil servant working in London, who gave his leisure time unsparingly to the cultural and civic life of Wokingham.
The first printed programme was dated 1956-7 and shows the annual subscription of 5 shillings per year. The Society has continued in existence without a break since then.
Today, the core of the programme is a series of Thursday evening meetings, running from September to April, when talks are given by members or guest speakers. The talks are given on literary topics of general interest – sometimes on a single author or poet; at other times on a specific them. Refreshments are available, followed by questions and discussions which are informal and lively.
There are also several other activities which members can take part in: play readings, theatre visits, poetry readings and book groups. The programme ends with an Annual Dinner.
During the summer months, informal ‘I have been reading’ sessions are held as well as a social gathering.