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Objectives of the Society include: ' To ensure the legacy of F.W. Harvey is remembered through performances, discussions, lectures and publications about his life and work and inform young people about him through formal and informal education.'
Yorkley, Forest of Dean, , South West,
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Various venues used for meetings, usually in and around Yorkley.
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04 February 2016
'Launched on 31st January 2010. The formation of the Society follows a suggestion made by Yorkley resident David Adams, a serious student of Will Harvey and his work. In 2007 Yorkley held its first Festival which included a presentation by David about the life and work of Harvey and a history of the village. The small Yorkley Memorial Hall was packed with local people keen to hear David’s lecture and share their own memories of Will Harvey. Some of those recollections, like David’s, had been passed down to the next generation from Harvey’s friends in the village. David’s father was a particularly close and trusted friend of Will Harvey, sharing his literary interests and having been a drinking partner.
'One of the triggers for so much interest in this event was the death of Patrick, Harvey’s son. He was a wounded veteran of the Second World War, and although that conflict had left him a quiet, reserved man, he represented the "memory" of Harvey to many. His demise left the beautiful old family house empty. It is now being refurbished and stands near the Bailey pub on a short track recently named "Harvey’s Lane" by the District Council. That evening several Harvey works were recited and it was clear that they had lost none of their relevance and David’s suggestion of a Society had a great attraction to many in the room. Hence work began to form a Society that could promote the legacy of Will Harvey and become as successful as the Ivor Gurney and Herbert Howells Societies, which perform the same function for his contemporaries and friends.'