Club's Mission, Purpose and Objectives
The Eccentric Club UK is a social, non-commercial, charitable, politically unaffiliated, unincorporated members club re-established in August 2008 in London, for the purposes of continuing the traditional activities of its predecessors, known in various historic periods as The Illustrious Society of Eccentrics, The Everlasting Society of Eccentrics, The Eccentric Society Club and the Eccentric Club, Limited.
The Eccentric Club considers its original foundation date 1781, and honours and upholds the core principles of religious and political impartiality in the club debates as set out by the Committee of the Everlasting Society of Eccentrics in 1800 upon their complete separation from The Brilliants, a Whig-dominated debating club.
The Eccentric Club promotes “Good Fellowship” and “True Sociality” – “virtues which are now getting rare and eccentric; but which it is the wish and intent of this Society to cherish within their narrow circle to the utmost of their power... in the occasional enjoyment of ‘The feast of reason and the flow of soul’” (The Eccentric Society Rules and Regulations, 1808).
The Eccentric Club considers equally important “the cultivation of "eccentricity" in a peculiar and mystic sense of the term” and “encouraging the art of public speaking on topics common to all, whatever their rank, religion, politics or profession” (Laws of the Eccentric Society Club, 1846), and intends to “promote social intercourse amongst gentlemen (since 1984, the same applies to the ladies, too) connected (directly or indirectly) with literature, art, music, the drama, the scientific and liberal professions, sport and commerce” (Memorandum of Association of the Eccentric Club, Limited, 1912).
In their conduct, our Members are guided first and foremost by the Club’s motto: “Nil Nisi Bonum” (“Nothing But Good”), demonstrating a high degree of consideration in their words and actions. They are also following three important rules (“worshiping three muses”, proposed by D.S., a member of the Committee) of the Club:
1. Non-conformist respect: Our Members respect people’s individuality and don't expect them to conform to all of modern society's rules or political correctness, but they ask for a similar gentle respect from the guests and new candidates in return.
2. Active welcome: Members are encouraged to make guests and new candidates welcome and comfortable. This is a club of friends, where one can find kindred spirits.
3. Open debate and dialogue: Our Members are inspired by stimulating conversation. Different views are welcome, as is cordial disagreement, however insults are unacceptable.
Finally, the Eccentric Club intends “to maintain all the essential characteristics of the old society” and to offer to its members “many of the conveniences of a regular club at a very small expense” (Laws of the Eccentric Society Club, 1846).
The Club endeavours to provide necessary facilities for its Members to meet on a regular basis for social, recreational, educational, entertainment and charitable purposes and for general "celebration of difference".
The Club organises regular educational and entertaining events for the members of the other clubs and general members of the public, aiming to promote the idea of creative and original approaches to many social, historic, cultural, ethical and aesthetical issues, some of which may be considered controversial by the present day media and society.