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Events > 2012

An Evening with Alfred Wainwright

John Burland - founder of the Wainwright SocietyJohn Burland, the founder of the Wainwright Society, has written and devised a dramatic presentation of the life and works of AW. This was first presented at the Wildman Theatre at Ilkley Playhouse as part of the Ilkley Literature festival on Thursday 15 October 2009.

A capacity audience of approximately 130 people attended this event. John took the audience on a journey through AW's life from his humble upbringing in Blackburn through his life-changing visit to the Lake District in 1930 and then his eventual move to Kendal in 1940 and the fifteen years spent writing the Pictorial Guides between 1952 and 1967.

During 2010 & 2011 John gave a further seventeen presentations in Arnside, Baildon, Blackburn (2 different groups), Brindle, Durham (2 different groups), Easingwold, Haltwhistle, Kendal, Marple, Mellor, Penruddock, Pickering, Ramsbottom, Richmond and Windermere.

As a result of many of these talks, many thousands of pounds have been raised for various charities throughout the North of England and also refugee & children’s charities abroad.

Moving onto 2012 he will so far be presenting the talk at the following venues:

2nd February 2012 – Otley Townswomen’s Guild

20th April 2012 – Terrington Arts, Terrington Village Hall, Terrington - Near Castle Howard. Tickets £7 or £5 for members of Terrington Arts.
Anita Barber 01653 648249

Wednesday 25th April (am) - Forum 2000, Horsforth, Leeds More details contact Dave Hodgson - tel: 01132 585586.

25th April 2012 - Scales WI, Ulverston (Closed meeting)

Friday 14th September 2012 - Otley Courthouse, Otley
7.30 pm. Tickets £5 in advance, £6 on night
Box office: 01943 467466 or email [email protected]

Saturday 22nd September - St Giles Church Hall, Bramhope
7 pm, in aid of Bramhope Children’s Society
Tickets £10 including 2-course meal & bar available
Ring 0113 2673772 or email [email protected]

Wednesday 26th September - Old Modernians Sports Club
7.30 pm. Tickets £5
Ring 0113 2677467 or email [email protected]

Thursday 4th October - Cookridge Methodist Church Thursday Group
7.30 pm. Tickets £4. Ring 0113 2676397

Tuesday 23rd October 2012 - Queens Hall, Keswick School, Vicarage Hill, Keswick, CA12 5QB
Keswick Lecture Society -
Contact: Bob Barnby 017687 74998
Tickets: £5.00

Details of these plus others currently in the pipeline will be posted in due course.

If any other groups wish to book John for a talk in either the spring or autumn of 2012, please contact him via e-mail at: [email protected] or ring 07725434036.