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Events > 2014

An Evening with Alfred Wainwright
John Burland - founder member 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.

Since then, over the last 4 years, John has given gave a further thirty two presentations in a wide variety of venues including Arnside, Baildon, Bingley, Blackburn, Bramhope, Brindle, Cookridge, Dewsbury, Durham, Easingwold, Faceby, Guiseley, Haltwhistle, Hawes, Horsforth, Kendal, Keswick, Marple, Mellor, Otley, Penruddock, Pickering, Ramsbottom, Richmond, Seathwaite, Terrington, Ulverston 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 2014 he will so far be presenting the talk at the following venues:

There are two events in the Autumn which are at the Moravian Church in Baildon on Friday 10 October and at Addingham Civic Society on Thursday 13 November.  Both these events are open for members of the public to attend and details of these are given below. John already has one booking as well for Spring 2015 at the Town Hall in Masham on Wednesday 8 April.

Baildon Moravian Hall, Baildon. Friday 10 October Start time 7.30 p.m. £6 per head. Contact Liz Simpson on  01274-593832 for tickets or email [email protected] 

Addingham Civic Society, Memorial Hall, Main Street, Addingham. Thursday 13 November. Start time 7.30pm. Civic Society members £3 and non-members £5. For tickets ring Jim Robinson on 01943831476 or email [email protected] .

If any groups or charitable organisations wish to book John for a talk in either the Spring or Autumn of 2015 to raise funds for both themselves and John’s chosen Cancer charities, please contact him via e-mail at: [email protected]  or ring 07725434036