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The Tenth Annual General Meeting of The Wainwright Society
Saturday 29 March 2014 at 3.00 p.m.
The Village Hall, Staveley

Sixty-one members attended the eleventh Annual General Meeting of The Wainwright Society on Saturday 29 March 2014.

Prior to the AGM, Eric Robson introduced Peter Eyre, Assistant Archivist at the Kendal Archive Centre.  Peter gave members a fascinating insight into the work being done with the Wainwright Archive, acquired by the Archive Centre with the aid of Heritage Lottery Funding.  He acknowledged the great support of the Society and other beneficiaries in obtaining Wainwright’s Notebook for the collection.  He explained the work that had been done to catalogue and archive the collection of over 6000 items where some were only the size of postage stamps! 

Finally, he outlined the valuable outreach work being done in making Wainwright more accessible to young people.  A series of workshops together with learning resources were being developed with a small number of local schools.  It was hoped that, in time, these resources would be available online for any school to use.

Peter was given a warm round of applause and after thanking Peter for his presentation, Eric Robson presented him with Honorary Membership of the Society.


Eric Robson presents Peter Eyre with Honorary Membership of The Wainwright Society

Eric Robson presents Peter Eyre with Honorary Membership of The Wainwright Society
Photo: David Johnson

The AGM commenced at 3 p.m. with Eric Robson in the Chair.  He welcomed all members to the meeting and gave a special welcome to Jane King and Annie Sellar, the daughters of Betty Wainwright and Joint-Presidents of the Society.

In his Chairman’s report, Eric highlighted the notable events of 2013 including the success of the Coast to Coast Challenge which raised money to waymark the route and to provide new information boards at St Bees and Robin Hood’s Bay.  Sales of the Society Calendar also funded the information boards and the residue of over £5000 was donated to the eight mountain rescue teams along the route of the Coast to Coast Walk.  Eric then informed members of forthcoming events planned for 2014.  He ended his report by giving members details of two new Society initiatives.  The Wainwright Encounters project , which aims to record the memories and impressions of AW of people who met or knew him, however fleetingly.   The second initiative is the Society’s project to acquire a full set of Wainwright’s books.  This is to ensure that a comprehensive collection of his work is held by the Society for reference and research.  The collection will be housed at the Archive Centre, Kendal.

During his talk, the Chairman presented Niels Rasmussen with a boxed set of Pictorial Guides for his winning entry in the Society’s Photographic Competition.

 
Eric Robson presents a set of Pictorial Guides to Niels Rasmussen for winning the 2013 Photographic Competition

Eric Robson presents a set of Pictorial Guides to Niels Rasmussen for winning the 2013 Photographic Competition
Photo: David Johnson

Finally, there were presentations to three other Society members. 

An inscribed tankard was presented to Chris Jesty who has completed his revision of all of Wainwright’s pictorial guidebooks and is ‘retiring’. 

Eric Robson presents Chris Jesty with an inscribed tankard in recognition of his work in revising all of Wainwright’s pictorial guidebooks

Eric Robson presents Chris Jesty with an inscribed tankard in recognition of his work in revising all of Wainwright’s pictorial guidebooks
Photo: David Johnson

Ann Parnham and Colleen Harrison were presented with inscribed cut-glass bowls as a thank-you for 12 years of ‘backroom’ service to the Society.

Eric Robson presents Ann Parnham with an inscribed cut-glass bowl in recognition of her many years of ‘backroom’ service to the Society

Eric Robson presents Ann Parnham with an inscribed cut-glass bowl in recognition of her many years of ‘backroom’ service to the Society,
Photo: David Johnson

Eric Robson presents Colleen Harrison with an inscribed cut-glass bowl in recognition of her many years of ‘backroom’ service to the Society

Eric Robson presents Colleen Harrison with an inscribed cut-glass bowl in recognition of her many years of ‘backroom’ service to the Society,
Photo: David Johnson

Following the Chairman’s report, there was the annual election of Officers of the Society.  Eric Robson was re-elected Chairman of the Society, Derek Cockell was confirmed as Secretary and John Pulford as Society Treasurer.  It was agreed that Paul Spinks would continue as auditor for a further year.  Other members of the Committee were re-elected in their various capacities.

There were reports about Society Membership, Society Development, Finance, Publicity and Events.  At the conclusion of the meeting, the Chairman thanked members for attending.

Derek Cockell

Secretary