Annual general meeting at Broad Leys, 3rd September 2022

Applications are now invited for our Annual General Meeting at Broad Leys on Saturday 3rd September 2022.

The Society will follow government guidelines in respect of the coronavirus pandemic. Events may be postponed or cancelled accordingly.


Friday 2nd September

Evening meal at Broad Leys (optional).

Saturday 3rd September

All times following the start are approximate.

  • 10.00 : registration and morning refreshments
  • 10.30 : welcome from the Chair
  • 10.40-11.15 : Annual General Meeting
  • 11.30-12.15 : The last disciple of Pugin: Voysey's return to the Gothic, a talk by Tony Peart
  • 12.30-14.00 : buffet lunch and guided tours of Broad Leys
  • 19.30 : grand tenth anniversary celebration dinner (optional)

Sunday 4th September

Optional visit to our member Tony Peart in Carlisle to view his collection, commencing at 11.00, including tea, coffee or cordial and a range of tasty home-bakes.

Annual General Meeting

Our annual general meeting is your opportunity to quiz your officers about the way they are running your society and the decisions they have taken. You may also vote to re-elect the members of Council and stand for Council yourself, if you wish.

Broad Leys

Broad Leys was built for Arthur Currer Briggs in 1898 on the shores of Windermere in seven acres of land with extensive lake access. It is now in the care of the Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club (WMBRC).

The Tony Peart Collection

This is "an eclectic private collection featuring Arts & Crafts and Aesthetic Movement furniture by designers such as Voysey, Baillie Scott, George Walton, Gimson, E.W. Godwin, and Bruce Talbert, alongside Tony's own authentic copies from original designs. It also includes a wide range of fine and decorative arts including metalwork and lighting by the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft, glass by James Powell, examples of ‘New Sculpture’, art pottery and Dutch, Austrian and German Jugendstil design."

Members will need to make their own way to the venue, which is 56 miles by road from Broad Leys or a ten minute walk from Carlisle railway station (on the West Coast mainline). On-street parking is free. Directions will be provided to those booking this event. The visit will last up to two hours. This is a private dwelling and there will be a limit on numbers.


Some suggestions for local accommodation are offered below but must be booked independently. All are in Bowness and five minutes drive or less from Broad Leys.


Attendance at the Annual General Meeting (10.40-11.15) is free of charge for all members of the Society, although booking is essential. The charge for the rest of the day (excluding the evening meal but including morning refreshments and a buffet lunch), is £52 per head for members (£55 for non-members if space permits).

Costs per person for the optional events are as follows:

  1. Evening meal on Friday 2nd September : £25 (two courses, not including drinks)
  2. Evening meal on Saturday 3rd September : £38 (three courses plus glass of wine or soft drink)
  3. Visit to the Tony Peart collection on Sunday 4th September : £5 (Tony is generously donating this to the Society's reserve fund)


By road

The address of Broad Leys is Ghyll Head, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3LJ.

Travel to junction 36 of the M6 motorway. Take the A591 to Windermere and stay on this road for approximately fifteen miles until you reach Windermere town. Turn left on to the A592 through Windermere and into Bowness. Continue for approximately two miles, past the public slipway signed from the main road. Passing the Storrs Hall hotel on the right, in approximately half a mile you will approach a sharp bend that curves left, and then sweeps to the right and climbs uphill. On this bend is a junction with the B5360. Broad Leys is the next building on the right. You will first see a large green gate that is usually closed, and the next entrance is to the drive and car park.

See a Google map of the location of Broad Leys.

By public transport

There is a railway station in the town of Windermere, at the end of a branch line from Oxenholme.

Bus route 6 passes Broad Leys via Windermere.

How to apply

Please complete our online application form.

Page last amended 19th July 2022