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Welcome to the Athenæum Society of Nova Scotia.

Northwest Cove Nova Scotia


Northwest-Covea.jpgThe Athenæum Society of Nova Scotia was founded in January 2007 by a small group of local residents who recognized the pool of knowledgeable and talented people living in the area and wanted to bring that talent to a larger audience in a friendly and social forum.  The concept is based on that of the Athenæum Club in London, England which was founded in 1824 as a "Club for Literary and Scientific men and followers of the Fine Arts".  Past members of that original club include, Joseph Conrad, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, W. Holman Hunt, Thomas Huxley, Rudyard Kipling and John Ruskin.

Based in the picturesque fishing village of Northwest Cove on the South Shore, the Society has proved very popular with the local and broader community, with membership currently standing at over 350 members.  Membership dues are kept to an extremely reasonable $10 per annum; there is no charge for attendance (normally around 50) at our presentations.



At our meeting and Annual General Meeting on Sunday January 15th 2017 The Athenaeum Society of Nova Scotia celebrated its 10th Anniversary. The inaugural meeting was held on Sunday January 21st 2007, when we were addressed by Dr. Fred Vaughan who spoke to us on the subject of “Viscount Haldane and the Art of Biography”.

The Society was the brainchild of our Founder and President Emeritus, Peter Cobbold, who sought to draw on the vast pool of knowledge resident in our local area. Peter created a Society which has enlightened, educated and entertained our growing membership for the last ten years.  The subjects of our talks have been wide ranging, covering music, literature, art, history, geology, astronomy, medicine, sociology, the environment, education and much more. The Society has now grown to over 350 members and continues to provide an array of topical and challenging subjects in its talks.

image1.JPGPeterCobbold2.jpgAs a celebration we served the birthday cake shown at our January meeting. The cake was created by Ruad Al Badin of Julien’s Bakery. Ruad is one of the Syrian refugees sponsored by the Bay Refugee Project and is already making a significant contribution to Canada. The cake was not only beautiful, it was delicious and enjoyed by all those at the meeting.

As a mark of our appreciation for all that Peter Cobbold has done for the Society we commissioned a commemorative plaque from one of members, John Fitzpatrick. As Peter was unable to attend the meeting a small presentation was made to him at his home.  The dedication attached to the plaque reads: “Presented to Peter Cobbold on the 10th Anniversary of the Athenæum Society of Nova Scotia in recognition of his vision, dedication and efforts in support of greater learning and understanding.”

We are looking forward to the challenges of our next ten years.




 How to Find Us

Meetings are usually held at the Ocean Swells Community Centre (2724 Highway 329 in Northwest Cove) starting at 2.30pm on the third Sunday of each month (with the exception of the months of July, August and December).


Notifications of postponement/cancellation due to weather

As a service to our members, the Athenæum Society of Nova Scotia will post on its website a notice of postponement or cancellation by 9am on the day of the presentation as well as sending the information direct via email.  When a postponement is feasible, the new date will be posted. If you are in any doubt due to the vagaries of winter weather in Nova Scotia, please check before leaving home.