The Saint Club
And so, my friends, dear bookworms, most noble fellow drinkers, frustrated
burglars, affronted policemen, upright citizens with furled umbrellas and
secret buccaneering dreams--that seems to be very nearly all for now. It
has been nice having you with us, and we hope you will come again, not once,
but many times.
Only because of our great love for you, we would like to take this parting
opportunity of mentioning one small matter which we have very much at heart.
Leslie Charteris, The First Saint Omnibus (1939)
Welcome to The Saint Club
Welcome to www.saint.org, the official Web site of The Saint Club.
Leslie Charteris founded The Saint Club in 1936 and it is still going strong more
than seventy years later. Simon Templar is, of course, the President of the Club, with
Leslie Charteris being the Vice-President until his death in 1993, when he was succeeded by
Roger Moore, Ian Ogilvy and Simon Dutton. Club dues are £30.00 for a lifetime membership, or
£3.50 for an annual subscription. All proceeds from the membership fees and the sale of
merchandise go to support the Arbour Youth Centre in the East End of London, England.
Leslie Charteris on The Saint Club
When I was very young, and just beginning as a writer, any fan mail that
I was lucky enough to get was an event, to be received with grateful excitement
and unstintly answered.
Today the gratitude remains, but the expense of acknowledgement has soared
like a space shot. The cost of a photograph, which is often asked for, has
gone up like the cost of living. Even the price of postage on a simple autograph
is today more than 30 times what it was when I received my first request
In 1935, things were not yet as bad as that, but the influx of fan mail
had happily become a serious fact of life, and the foreshadowings of inflationary
spirals could already be discerned upon the wall. It was also revealed to
me that a very high percentage of fans were no book buyers but library borrowers,
and therefore that the rewards of corresponding with them were in no way
reflected by my royalty statements. In the proverbial nutshell, I was paying
quite a price for the flattering of my ego.
That was when the solution dawned, if movie stars could have fan clubs,
why not a club for addicts of the Saint's adventures? But to suit my conscience,
it would have to serve a really good purpose, and not be just an adoration
With that resolve, the Saint Club was swiftly launched. Every penny of profits
from subscriptions and the sale of merchandise, from Club ties to Christmas
cards, were passed on for a start, to the Invalid and Crippled Children's
Hospital in East London, where for a time they supported a ward of eight
beds. As my own contribution, autographed photos for sale to members were
supplied by me at no cost to the Club. For snob value, there was the unpaid
office of Patron Saint, first filled by the Marquis of Donegal.
When the hospitals were nationalised in 1948, our donations began to be
funnelled to the Arbour Youth Centre, still in East London, and adjudged
to be another thoroughly worthy cause. The post of Patron Saint is now filled
by Lord John Oaksey. After more than 50 years, everything else goes on as
before, with an expanded list of merchandise on offer (though at prices
which we regretfully have to revise upwards from time to time, to keep realistic
pace with our current costs).
As we head onwards in our seventh decade, I am hoping that the Club will keep
on achieving more and more under the latest Honorary Secretariat, Ian
The Honorary Secretary Writes...
Leslie Charteris founded The Saint Club in 1936 with the aim of providing a constructive fan base for Saint
devotees. Before the War it donated profits to a London hospital where, for several years, a 'Saint'
ward was maintained. With the nationalisation of hospitals, profits were donated to the Arbour Youth
Centre in Stepney, London where the Club maintains a small office to this day.
The Club also acts as a centre for fans interested in the adventures of Leslie Charteris
and the work of Simon Templar and publishes an irregular and irreverent newsletter, The Epistle, which covers
anything and everything to do with the Saint and Leslie Charteris. The club also offers its own range of merchandise
that is regularly updated and includes ties, mugs, photographs and note-paper, and has an award
winning web site on the Internet.
Since Leslie Charteris' death, the Club has recruited three new vice-presidents; Roger Moore,
Ian Ogilvy and Simon Dutton have all pledged their support whilst Audrey and Patricia Charteris
have been retained as Saints-in-Chief. But some things do not change. As we enter our seventh
ecade the back of the membership card still mischievously proclaims that...
"The bearer of this card is probably a person of hideous antecedents
and low moral character, and upon apprehension for any cause should be immediately
released in order to save other prisoners from contamination."
Saint Club Merchandise
Saint Club members are able to purchase items from The Saint Club,
including autographed photos, club ties, and other items related to The Saint.
£3.50 (or US$7) per year
£30.00 (or US$60) for life membership
The Epistle is available on a single issue basis. Please ask for
Please make out US Dollar or British Pound cheques payable to 'The Saint Club' and send,
along with return postage to:
NOTE: either a self-addressed stamped envelope
or International Reply Coupon is required.
The Saint Club, PO Box 258, Romsey, Hants. SO51 6WY England.