Pat Almond was a resident of West Ayton and long-standing member of the Parish Council, who sadly passed away in December 2012 after a long illness.
A highly-respected member of the community, for 32 years she was a much loved teacher in many local schools and ran creative writing courses throughout the area as well as being musical director of Ayton Ladies’ Choir. She touched the hearts and souls of those she taught and with whom she worked. Pat was a fervent supporter of the library and would have been fully involved with ensuring its continuation and future.
In 2013 Derwent Valley BRIDGE Library was asked by West Ayton Parish Council to provide a lasting memorial for Pat and the Trustees decided to stage an annual literary event for which West Ayton Parish Council would give £100 in perpetuity towards costs.
A small committee organises this special evening at Ayton Village Hall and past speakers have included the two well-known Yorkshire authors, Mike Pannett and Gervaise Phinn.
Ann Cleeves, author and writer of the TV series ‘Vera’, was our guest in 2015. Ann found time in her busy schedule to visit us because, “Libraries matter. If we believe in equality of opportunity we must fight not just for the buildings but for the range of books inside and the skilled staff who can promote reading in all its forms. Not only do libraries encourage us to be more tolerant and better informed, they contribute enormously to the wealth of the nation.”
The 2016 event featured Ian McMillan, poet, journalist, playwright and broadcaster. Ian was accompanied by Luke Carver Goss for a hilarious evening of words. music and improvisation. See the galleries section for report on the evening and lots of photos!
Pat Almond Memorial Competitions
An artistic and literary competition for children takes place each summer and the winners are presented with their prizes by the guest speaker on the night of the lecture.
Here are a few photos of the winners and their entries in the 2016 competition: