The Ninth Annual General Meeting of The Wainwright Society
Saturday 31 March 2012 at 3.00 p.m at
The Village Hall, Staveley
Seventy-one members attended the ninth Annual General Meeting of The Wainwright Society on Saturday 31 March 2012.
Prior to the meeting, there was a presentation by Sean Day, Centre Director of The Lake District Calvert Trust detailing the work of the charity. The Trust was the main beneficiary of the Society during 2011. A slide presentation accompanied the talk and a moving DVD was also shown. Eric Robson, Society Chairman, thanked Sean for his fascinating insight into the work of the Trust and, with Jenny Whalley, representing the Calendar Team, presented a cheque to Sean for £14,000, the grand total of funds raised during the year.
Following this, Eric presented a photography book to Society member Lesley Ritchie as winner of the annual Photographic Competition.
Lesley’s photo of the view looking towards Low Pike on the Fairfield Horseshoe, was judged the winner by Wainwright photographer and Society member, Derry Brabbs.
Finally, Eric conducted an auction for a sketch of AW, drawn by Society member, Ray Bradshaw. The sketch was one of a series of caricatures of Society members that Ray drew and then offered to members to raise money for The Lake District Calvert Trust. The Wainwright sketch was auctioned to raise funds for the Society’s 2012 beneficiary, Cumbria Wildlife Trust. In a lively auction, the winning bid was £170.
The formal business of the AGM began at 3 p.m. Eric Robson used his Chairman’s Report to review the progress of the Society over the past ten years since its inception at Ambleside in 2002. He recalled that he had promised Betty Wainwright that there would be no statues of AW erected on the fells! Membership had grown steadily over the years as had the donations that the Society had been able to give to charities and other good causes. The annual Challenges had become a feature of the Society. Eric recounted the various campaigns that the Society had been involved with in order to protect the Lake District landscape loved by AW. He also looked forward to the 10th anniversary celebrations in November this year.
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