A new branch or affiliated society of the Dickens Fellowship can be formed with the agreement of the Council, who meet annually in March or April. At these meetings each branch of the Fellowship is represented (either personally or by proxy). Once agreed a charter will be awarded.
A new branch or affiliated society needs to show some evidence of :-
Viability – number of members (this can be around 10-15 to start with).
Details of activities already undertaken (meetings, talks, social events).
Location of meetings.
Information about the subs charged (if any) to members.
Once chartered, branches are required to pay annual subs of £30. Branch members are entitled to a reduced subscription rate to The Dickensian, the journal of the Fellowship, to attend the annual conference, to vote at the AGM and at Council, and to free entry to the Charles Dickens Museum in Doughty Street, London on production of their branch membership card.
Once chartered, affiliated societies pay annual subs of £15 and their members don't receive the voting or benefit rights of branches.