Events for 2018

Welcome to our programme of events for 2018. We hope you will find something of interest. Many events are held at venues with Betjeman associations and in addition to celebrating our 30th, there are other anniversaries to celebrate too!

Events in black are organised by Council of the Betjeman Society: to book a place for these events please use the booking form that is sent out with the Society Newsletter or email Brian Garner: or where available, follow the link to pay online.

Cheques should be payable to The Betjeman Society and a stamped addressed envelope should be included and should be sent to: 77 Beverley Crescent, Bedford, MK40 4BZ. Alternatively, you may pay on arrival but it is essential to email Brian in advance to enable arrangements to be made for catering. If you have any difficulty booking please contact Brian Garner: full contact details on our Contacts page.

Events in red are organised by the branch as indicated - please contact the branch for further details.

Booking is essential as seating is sometimes limited. Only those events which have confirmed dates are shown; others will follow as the details are confirmed and further detail for events already listed may be added in due course. Please therefore check this page for the latest information.

Events in blue are organised by other organisations which have been included since we believe they may be of interest to our members.

2018 Programme of Events

Thursday 18th January, 1.30pm
Ridings Branch meeting, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
A Ridings Branch Event

Monday 12th February, 6 for 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Poetry and Prose Reading.
Theme: Flight (in any sense) (“Airport” buffet incl.)
St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London, WC1N 2AB
An opportunity for members and friends to read, and comment on, short poems and pieces of favourite Betjeman writing — or other JB related work, at an event that is the Society's contribution to the RAF's centenary celebrations.
Members: £12 Non-Members: £15 Book tickets online here.

Saturday 3rd March, 2.30pm
Magdalen College, Oxford
"JH & WB" John Betjeman and Wystan Hugh Auden were born within a few months of each other, both attended Oxford at the same time and though their poetic outlook differed markedly in some respects they both also represented a return to the native tradition of English poetry. Our member John Dearing, a graduate in English Literature from York University, will lead a consideration of the comparisons and contrasts between these two poets with a reading of representative poems.
An Oxford Branch event

Thursday 22nd March, 1.30pm
Ridings Branch meeting, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
A Ridings Branch Event

Wednesday 18th April, 6 for 6.30pm – 9.00pm
"Pity about the Abbey"
St James the Less Church, Vauxhall Bridge Road, Pimlico, London, SW1V 2PS.
A screening of JB's only TV play, written in partnership with Stuart Farrar. Plus: hear Director Ian Curteis who will present archive material related to the play.
Members: £15 Non-members: £18 Book tickets online here.

Friday 27th April, 7.30 - 9.30pm
From Bach to Betjeman
                     St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, Bedford Street London, WC2E 9ED
A feast of music and poetry by Sussex Song Makers, Conductor Elizabeth Muir-Lewis.
 Details and to book here

Saturday 28th April, 9.15 - 3.15
North Oxford from Betjeman to Zaha Hadid
A Day School by Oxford University Dept of Continuing Education and the Oxford Preservation Trust
Details and to book here

Thursday 3rd May 1.30pm
Ridings Branch meeting, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
A Ridings Branch Event

Friday 25th May, 11.00 for 11.30am
Society AGM, Victoria Embankment, Blackfriars, London, EC4 £20 (tbc)
Morning: Society AGM. Afternoon: visit to the offices of JB's publisher, John Murray with a talk by Murray's archivist David McClay to celebrate Murray's 250th anniversary.
Further details and online booking to follow.

Thursday 7th June 10.00 - 5.00
"Betjeman's Wiltshire and Oxfordshire"
Historic Church Tour by The Churches Conservation Trust taking in St Mark's, Swindon, St John the Baptist, Inglesham & St Katherine's, Chiselhampton.
Details and to book here

Tuesday 12th June, 2.30pm
"JB's Oxford"
A guided walk led by Andrew McCallum with poetry and prose along the way, starting at The Dragon School and ending at The Painted Room where JB worked for The Oxford Preservation Trust.
£7 Book tickets online here.

Thursday 5th July 2.30pm
Visit to the former home of the Pakenhams, later Lord & Lady
                   Longford, Stone, Bucks, which JB visited with friends, 1931-34. Afternoon tea.
Option of lunch at the Spread Eagle, Thame.
An Oxford Branch event

Tuesday 28th August 4.00pm
St Pancras Station
JB’s Birthday and St Pancras's 150th anniversary.
Joint celebrations with the Betjeman Poetry Prize and HS1.
Further details and online booking to follow.

Saturday 12 October all day.
John Betjeman and the Victorians
St Alban's Centre, Leigh Place, Baldwin's Gardens, London, EC1N 7AB
A joint event with The Victorian Society. An all day symposium to celebrate the Sixtieth anniversary of The Victorian Society and the Thirtieth anniversary of The Betjeman Society. Speakers to include our President, Bevis Hillier.
Cost to be confirmed, lunch included.
                                              Further details and online booking to follow.
                                                        Saturday 3rd November 2.30pm
Magdalen College, Oxford
Discussion meeting: "JB's later poems"
An Oxford Branch event

      Thursday 29th November 12 noon
The Parcel Yard, King’s Cross Station, London
A pre-Christmas Get-together. Join the Council for drinks and an informal lunch, and discussion about matters Betjeman. Pay for yourself.