There were twelve original members :-
The idea in forming the club was purely for social reasons. The proposal was there should be twelve members, and that each member should entertain the others at his house once a year. But the Club was too popular and additional members were later admitted.
Up to 1927, the Club possessed six minute books dating from the year 1812, with particulars of each meeting contained therein. In the year 1796, a silver casket, of a beautiful design in the form of a book, was presented by the bachelor members to the Club, in which to keep the current minute book.
1. To have but one joint or dish, and the same to be on the table at exactly two of the clock.
2. Every person to drink what quantity of Liquor he pleases.
3. Any person to go when he thinks fit, without any interruption.
4. No person to stay after eight of the clock in Winter or nine of the clock in Summer.
5. If any member stays after that time, or plays for, or betts at cards more than sixpence at any one time, he shall forfeit and pay one shilling for the good of the Club.
6. All betts and wagers whatsoever (except sixpence at cards) that are laid in the presence of the said Club shall be applied for the good of the said Club.
The original rules were later amended and explained :-
1. One joint or dish is supposed to be a regulation to keep the dinners simple and prevent members vying with one another in their eager hospitality.
2. In order that every person may drink what quantity of Liquor he pleases, whether it be much or little, it is a custom of the Club that each member shall help himself to wine and not be helped by his neighbour.
3. The rule is simple and requires no explanation.
4, 5 and
6 enables the host to invite his guests to stay for a game of cards,
but discourage gambling. Any member wishing to bet must put down the
stake, and the person making the bet must do likewise. Both stakes then
go to the benefit of the Club. This certainly discourages heavy betting,
by which any man may advantage himself.
1. To have but two dishes or joints of meat or poultry, and the same to be on the table at 5 o'clock.
2. Every person to drink what quantity of liquor he pleases.
3. Any person to go when he thinks fit, without interruption.
4. No person to stay after 9 o'clock.
5. If any member shall sit down after that hour or play for or bet at cards more than sixpence at any one time, he shall forfeit and pay one shilling.
6. All bets and wagers, except sixpence at cards, that shall be laid in the presence of the Club shall be forfeited.
7. Every member being absent to forfeit sixpence at each meeting.
8. All forfeits to form a fund for charitable purposes to which every member shall subscribe one guinea annually if necessary.
9. That the entrance fee be two guineas.
of the district always seemed to rise to the occasion whenever the Club
needed a good joint of meat. As well as usual best quality beef and
mutton, they were also supplied with suckling pigs, turkeys, chickens,
guinea fowl, game and salmon.
The first three ingredients to be warmed, and when almost cold, mix it with the peel and the yolks. Put a rich puff paste round the dish, and one hour will bake it.
biscuits and butter follow with coffee afterwards.
Anyone wishing to join the Club is expected to let someone know of their wish to do so. The "sponsor" is then expected to propose him, and consult the Father of the Club and the other members, and sound them out as to their feelings in the matter. If it is agreed that he should be adimitted, then his proposer must tell the Hon. Secretary at the next meeting and the guest must retire for an election to take place by a show of hands. The newly elected member then holds the meeting of the Club at his house and "treats in".
"Treating in" means that the new member may give any such dinner as he pleases, and does not have to adhere to the Club rules pertaining to the amount of dishes. A "treat" is a "free night" which means that there are no fines for "after hours".
"Treats are allowed for the following:-
1. A new member on joining the Club.
2. Birth of the first child of a member.
3. A member moving to a new house
4. A member quitting the Club "treats out"
5. A Half-Jubilee i.e. Membership for 30 years
6. A Jubilee i.e. Membership for 50 years.
Neame was the first elected Chairman of the Board of Guardians in
1835 and served till 1836. Among the later Chairmen were :-
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We are very grateful to Alan Neame (family historian and founding member of the Kent Genealogical Society), for the thirty years of research that he did into the family history. It is really thanks to Alan that any of us are aware of the others' existence. Alan travelled the world meeting people and recording their data for the benefit of all of us.