2018 Summer Event 

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July

Lamport Hall


'Northamptonshires Ideal Countrymen'

In conjunction with the H.E.Bates Society.

This was a lovely and enjoyable weekend.

Many thanks to all contributors and those who attended the event.



Fostering Fellowship


BB Events for 2018


15th May 2018 The Old Rectory Gardens, Sudborough.
Our first Fostering Fellowship event will be a 2 hour visit to these wonderful gardens through which, ‘Harpers Brook’ flows. A New slant on our usual Light Literary Lunch, as readings of ‘BB’ writings on Gardens will take place during our visit. Preceding the visit, those that wish, can have lunch in The Vane Arms, and visit the nearby Church.
Gardens Visit costs £8.00 per head or £7.00 Concessions, Plus the cost of Lunch if desired.
For Bookings contact the leader Chris Coles on 01296712740


6th June 2018 Visit to Drayton House. Lowick.
Postponed from last year, a unique chance to visit, this most magnificent, historic House.

The Archivist will be conducting a tour of the House which is nestled in the heart of ‘BB’ country.

Those that wish to can have Lunch, at an additional cost at The Snooty Fox, Lowick.
House Visit costs £10 .00 per head.

For Bookings contact the leader David Osborne on 07775 731455


Early July 2018 the Purple Emperor Hunt, Fermyn Woods.
Our ever popular visit to Fermyn woods, to indulge in a search of this ancient woodland that ‘BB’ wrote so much about, and introduced the ‘Purple Emperor’ Butterfly.
No charge for this visit.

For Bookings contact the leader Chris Coles on 01296 712740


July 21st and 22nd our Two day ‘Summer Event’ Lamport Hall.
The society is teaming up with the H.E.Bates group to provide a two day exhibition under the title: “Northamptonshire’s Ideal Countrymen”. There will be film shows, talks, and much more, in the grounds of Lamport Hall, celebrating the Life and Times of Northamptonshire's two most favourite authors.

No charge or Booking for this event


September 26th 2018 Visit to Hollington Wood. Olney. Bucks
The last ‘Fostering Fellowship’ event of the year which includes a “woodland Lunch” in the ancient Hollington woods close to the Northants/Bucks border near Olney. Mentioned in the Doomsday book this wonderful 50 Acre working wood, which is a truly special place, has been worked and managed by the owner, for many years.
Visit costs £10. 00 per head For Booking contact Mark Seddon on 01296 820211


December 8th 2018 ‘BB’ Society Christmas Lunch. Northampton Golf Club
The society, and has arranged to have a Lunchtime meal near Christmas at Northampton Golf Club, Harlestone,
For Booking contact Martin IZZARD on 07562 385531












25th Anniversary Service

All Saints Church, Lamport.


The BB Society held a special service at All Saints Church in Lamport (where BB’s father was Rector in the 1920s), on the 8th September 2015 to mark the 25th anniversary of BB’s death.

The service was led by Society member Reverend Tom Gladwin supported by resident Reverend Canon Mary Garbutt and featured readings by BB Society members from BB's published works including extracts from BB’s autobiography A Child Alone.

The BB Society is now in its 15th year, so it was a double celebration.


After the service lunch was served at Lamport Hall opposite the Rectory where BB grew up.


This was a memorable and enjoyable occasion and allowed us to remember and celebrate the life and legacy of a great countryman, writer, artist and conservationist who implored us all to ‘Look ye also while life lasts’.










































Illustration by Denys Watkins-Pitchford (BB)