The Monica Edwards Appreciation Society

N.B. August 2017 - If you are interested - please read the message to members:
The link can be found on the front page of the host site:

The details below will be modified and updated in due course.

Welcome to the page for the Monica Edwards Appreciation Society (M*E*A*S).

The Society was formed by Sue Winn (Membership Secretary) and Joyce Bailey (Treasurer) to raise awareness of this wonderful author's writing and the background and historical context of the books. We aim to encourage members to contribute their own items to The Martello, the magazine of M*E*A*S which is published twice yearly: contents are a lively mixture of articles, research, anecdotes, quizzes, crosswords, poetry, reviews - anything and everything related to Monica Edwards' work and of interest to, and provided by, her readers!

We also aim to promote the books as they are republished by Girls Gone By.

Why do we like Monica's books so much?

They are well written, interesting, and about people we would like to be or to meet. The distinct worlds of the Marsh and the Punchbowl, each so clearly evoked, seem timeless; the books need no great shift of the imagination to be read and enjoyed today.

A recurrent theme in the messages on this site is the feeling readers had that he or she was the only person who read and loved the books: this is of course not true! There are many faithful and younger, newer generations of readers, collecting and re-reading the volumes they so love. We hope that this Society will provide an opportunity for members to share their feelings and thoughts about Monica's stories.

Over sixty years since the publication of Wish For A Pony readers are still captivated by the adventures of Tamzin, Rissa, Meryon and Roger and their friends at Punchbowl Farm: Lindsey, Dion, Andrea and Peter; not forgetting all the fascinating other characters, including the four-legged ones!

Events and Visits

Following the first M*E*A*S visit to Rye Harbour in 2007, and the visit to the Punchbowl in September 2008 there have been successful repeats in the following years, as well as regular visits to Thursley and the Devil's Punchbowl..

Looking forward to this June (2016) - Join our visit to Rye Harbour for the Westling Day - planned for Saturday the 4th of June. See the Special Announcements page.
And, if you stay over - join the Winklesea Walk on Sunday 5th !

We are delighted to hear any suggestions you may have for events.


We hope that you will join the Monica Edwards Appreciation Society

Sue and Joyce

(Please print the Membership Form
and send it with a cheque payable to 'Monica Edwards Appreciation Society' to the address on the form)
UK: £7
Euros: £8 11E
USA: £9 18$
Australia: £10 22$
New Zealand: £9 22$

email address:

Note for Australian readers:
If you would like to send a sterling cheque, but are worried about the cost of doing so, you can contact Susan Stannard who has kindly offered to use her personal UK bank account to forward your dues on receipt of a A$ cheque. Please note that this is entirely a kind gesture on Susan's behalf, and is taken completely at your own risk.
Susan's contact details:

Susan Stannard
PO Box 282
NSW 2577

the Monica Edwards Appreciation Society March 2008
updated 13th March 2017