Events for 2017

Welcome to our programme of events for 2017. We hope you will find something of interest. Many events are held at venues with Betjeman associations.

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.

2017 Programme of Events

Thursday 19th January 1.30pm
Ridings Branch meeting, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
A Ridings Branch Event

Wednesday 8th February 6 for 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Poetry and Prose Reading. Members: £12 Non-Members: £15
Theme: Lines on Trains (or what you will) (“Station” 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, in the splendid setting of one of London’s most famous churches.
Book online here

Saturday 25th February 10.30 - 4.30
John Betjeman - "A Life in Pictures and Poetry"
The Whipper Inn, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6DT
An AV presentation by Horace Liberty and Baz Morris, lunch, then poetry readings and discussion introduced by Sheila Morris.
A Shires Branch event

Saturday 4th March 2.30pm
Magdalen College, Oxford
JB's London: the nooks and crannies. A discussion meeting with readings of some of JB's less well known writings, poetry and prose, about London.
An Oxford Branch event

Saturday 11th March 2pm
John Betjeman & The Music Hall
Illustrated talk by Cliff Knowles and Horace Liberty
Horncastle Community Centre
A Lincolnshire Branch event

Thursday 16th March 1.30pm
Ridings Branch meeting, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
A Ridings Branch Event

Saturday 25th March 1pm
Visit to East Hendred, Oxfordshire, to include the small museum, church and Snells Hall for tea.
A Wantage Branch event.

Tuesday 25th April 11.00am
‘Sir John’s Smithfield’
A guided walk by David Savage (Max.25) includes Smithfield Market, Cloth Fair, Bart’s Hospital Museum and St Bartholomew the Great. Cost £12. Meet at Barbican Tube Station 11.00 sharp.
Book tickets online here

Friday 28th April 2 for 2.30pm
A poetry reading afternoon at the Education Centre, Guildford Cathedral
Bring along your favourite JB poems and tell us why they are your favourites.
£6 payable on arrival includes refreshments. Call John Heald if able to come on 01483 560882
A Guildford Branch event

Thursday 11th May 1.30pm
Ridings Branch meeting, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
A Ridings Branch Event

Saturday 13th May 10.00 for 10.30 am
Hidden heritage of South Holland
A day exploring John Betjeman's links with Spalding and his love of music hall, the morning at Ascoughfee  Hall Museum, the afternoon at Burtey Fen Collection, Pinchbeck.
A Lincolnshire Branch event

Monday 22nd May 10.30 for 11.00
Tour of Marlborough College, Wiltshire
A Wantage Branch event

Saturday 10th June 10.30 for 11.00am
Society AGM at The Dragon School, Oxford. £20
2017 is the centenary of the arrival of John Betjeman at The Dragon School, the staff of which have enthusiastically invited the Society to hold this year’s AGM on their premises – on a working school day! Beyond the business of the AGM the programme will include a view of the School's JB related archives; a real school lunch; a brief tour, a film and some pupils’ entertainments.
    Now fully booked (Members can still attend AGM alone.)

10th - 25th June
Timothy Betjeman at Marlborough
An Art exhibition by our Vice President
For more information click here

Saturday 24th June 10.30am (provisional)
How to look at a Market Town: Newark, Notts; guided walks looking at St Mary’s Church, the Town and The Civil War Centre.
A Shires Branch event

Thursday 6th July 1.30pm
Ridings Branch meeting, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
A Ridings Branch Event

Friday 7th July 7.30pm
Pimms and Poetry evening Old Church House, Wantage
A Wantage Branch event

Wednesday 9th August
Church crawl in South Kesteven, by coach, pick ups Horncastle 9 am and Lincoln 10 am. Lunch at Edenham, tea at Bourne Abbey. Led by David Stocker and Rod Callow.
A Lincolnshire Branch event

Monday 28th August 4.00pm
St Pancras Station
JB’s Birthday Poetry Readings at the JB Statue No charge
preceded by a tour of “London’s Historic Railway Stations” led by Don Kennedy.

Wednesday 30th August 6 for 6.30pm

Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London, WC1N 2AB
Birthday Party and Joint Meeting with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
Guest speaker: Rachel Morley, conservator, member of the SPAB's Guardians committee and a Betjeman Award judge.
Tickets £18. There'll be plenty of time to eat, drink and mingle.
Book tickets online here

Friday 15th September 7.30pm
Snells Hall, East Hendred
Illustrated talk by member Paul Rogers on JB and architecture
A Wantage Branch event.

Saturday 16th September
Church Crawl to include Melbourne in Derbyshire and Breedon on the Hill, Staunton Harold and Grace Dieu Priory in Leicestershire.
A Shires Branch event

Thursday 21st September 1.30pm
Ridings Branch meeting, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
A Ridings Branch Event

Saturday 23rd September 2.30pm
Visit to St Katherine's Church Chiselhampton and Nuneham Park Chapel
An Oxford Branch event

Thursday 28th September 2pm
Betjeman Poetry Prize: St Pancras Station, London
The Betjeman Poetry Prize celebrates the fantastic achievement of this year’s six young finalists at St Pancras International, on the Upper Concourse, by the statue of Sir John Betjeman.
Awards presented by the poet Rachel Rooney and the illustrator Chris Riddell, with readings from the young poets
. More information.

Saturday 30th September 2pm
Betjeman and art
Illustrated talk by Horace Liberty, Horncastle Community Centre
A Lincolnshire Branch event

Thursday 12 October 6.00 for 6.30pm
John Piper's Church Towers: the Broad and Tall story
St James the Less Church, Vauxhall Bridge Road, Pimlico, London, SW1V 2PS.
Illustrated talk on John Piper by Revd. Dr. S.C.E. Laird FSA.
Members: £12 Non-Members: £15 Refreshments included.
                                                             Book tickets online here
                                                            Saturday 4th November.
Christmas Party and ‘High and Low Jinks’ to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Shires Branch. The Cavendish Hall, Leicester.           A Shires Branch event

                                                    Thursday 9th November 1.30pm
Ridings Branch meeting, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
A Ridings Branch Event

Thursday 9th November 7.30 - 9.30pm
Betjeman's Banana Blush
A live performance of Fa├žade and Banana Blush with Jim Parker at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London with narration by Zeb Soanes and Carole Boyd.
Details and book tickets online here.

Saturday 11th November 2.30pm
Magdalen College, Oxford
Discussion meeting: "JB's Ireland"
An Oxford Branch event

      Thursday 30th 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.

Saturday 2nd December 12.30pm
Annual Party, Cracroft Village Hall, West Keal.
A Lincolnshire Branch event