The Eighth Annual General Meeting of The Wainwright Society
Saturday 26 March 2011 at 3.00 p.m. in the Village Hall at Staveley
Seventy members attended the eighth Annual General Meeting of The Wainwright Society on Saturday 26 March 2011.
Prior to the meeting, there was a presentation by Honorary Member, Ron Scholes who gave an illustrated talk about his long friendship with Alfred Wainwright. The talk concluded with a tape-recording of a discussion with AW about fellwalks in the Great Langdale area. The Chairman thanked Ron for his fascinating presentation.
The formal business of the AGM began at 3 p.m. Eric Robson used his Chairman’s Report to review the events of the past twelve months. The highlight of the year was the celebration of the 80th anniversary of AW’s first visit to Lakeland when 38 members, dressed in period costume travelled from Blackburn to Windermere in a vintage bus, joining other Society members for the walk to the summit of Orrest Head.
The other important event was the publication of the Pennine Journey guidebook, launched at Settle in April and in the autumn; the BBC screened two programmes about Wainwright’s walk from Settle to Hadrian’s Wall in 1938.
It was during the past year the Society had been involved in a number of campaigns, particularly, objecting to the proposed wind farm at Berrier Hill, the proposed sell-off of publicly-owned forests and Cumbria County Council’s proposal to cut the funding for Countryside Access Services.
He recalled that the Society had a successful year of fundraising for a number of charities: Fix the Fells (£2000), Mountain Rescue Teams (£9000) and the Workington Lifeboat (£501.50). He also informed members that the Management Committee had decided to nominate a single, main beneficiary each year, which, in 2011, would be The Lake District Calvert Trust.
The Society magazine had changed to A5 format in June 2010 and had been well-received by the members. A regular update of Society news was now being sent to members with email facilities.
The Chairman concluded his report by looking forward to the coming Challenge, the re-creation of Wainwright’s first Tour of the Lake District, accomplished 80 years ago at Whitsun 1931, as well as the forthcoming Memorial Lecture where Hunter Davies, Patron of the Society, was to be the guest speaker.
Following the Chairman’s report, there was the annual election of Officers of the Society. There were also reports about Society Membership, Society Development, Finance, Publicity and Events. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Chairman thanked members for attending.
Derek Cockell - Press & Publicity Officer