Chairman's Report February 2017
14 February 2017
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT: 14 FEBRUARY 2017.
1. MEMBERSHIP DRIVE.
16 January I issued my Chairman's Report to our members. Almost instantaneously
there were two excellent responses to "Membership Drive". The first
from long term member and local artist Emma Fitzpatrick, who feels it would be
worth our time and money investing in a social media campaign. I have invited
Emma to discuss this with us at tonight’s meeting. She is bringing her
colleague Emma Willis from Leicester Sketch Club who specializes in social
We have 400 followers on Facebook and 1,400 on
Twitter and committee decided that we need to take advantage by getting more
interactive with this large body of supporters. We therefore need a volunteer
or volunteers to assist with this work to expand our size and influence.
second was a phone call from Sue Ryan, who organises the annual
"Art-House" event in Stoneygate. Sue suggests we attend at this in
June this year. Apparently Stoneygate CA Society attend regularly and do very
well out of it. www.art-house.org.uk
I have responded positively to this. We will need a ‘table’ staffed on Saturday
10th and Sunday 11th June (and perhaps the evening of
Friday 9th?) at 12 Pendene Road. Publicity for this has arrived too late for
the March edition of Citizen, so I will need to create leaflets for
distribution at all our May events and include with my report for May. It can
also go on the website ASAP. Put the dates in your diaries now.
1.3. These two initiatives, taken together,
couldachieve the same or better than going to all the trouble of a hard
2. MID-WINTER MEET UP. 03
February: The room was packed. (It has a comfortable capacity of 30) We had 25
book and 2 no shows but 4 who turned up not having booked in advance. The Globe
were perfect hosts and the buffet great. This event was popular and clearly, we
must do it again some time. I think it could become a regular feature of our
winter programme. Room hire is apparently free in January and February, so we
made a nice profit and can bring the price down next year. Some reckoned the
quiz was too difficult but Neil Crutchley and Sylvia Gibson both walked away
with Civic Society bars of chocolate! After a slight technical delay the film
of a “Hairy Biker” in Leicester last August was very well received.
3. 2016 AWARDS:
3.1.Many thanks to Peter, Howard,
Ann and Richard who braved a day of attempted snow to look at some remarkable
projects on 11 February. We gave the Restoration Award to Leicester City
Council for Friars Mill, which means so much to the history of Leicester - and
so much to the history of this Society. The New Build Award goes to De Montfort
University for the Vijay Patel Building, a stunning new development for the University’s
Art & Design Faculty, in a stunning historic riverside setting. A worthy
commendation goes to Delilah Fine Foods for the restoration of Edward Burgess’s
Leicester Savings Bank of 1873, located in the Greyfriars Townscape Heritage
Initiative area. We also gave a special “Domestic Restoration Award” to
Tippetts & Brooks www.tippettsbrooks.co.uk
for their superb craftmanship at 12 to 16 Stoneygate Road, 1897 houses by
Stockdale Harrison that have been lovingly restored.
3.2. The winners will be informed
by 16 February and the press release issued immediately after. Full details
will be in Leicester Citizen to be published on 27th February and on
our web site.
4. HERITAGE PARTNERSHIP:
16 January, St. Martins House. Jennifer attended. There were presentations on
the museum proposals at Leicester North Station and the new Appraisal and
Management Plan for Church Gate Conservation Area.
5. STORY OF PARKS: 26
January, Western Park. Walk/talk for Age UK. Leigh ran this very
6. CITY SERIES: 26
January. Several of us attended the inaugural lecture given by Sir Peter
Soulsby at City Hall.
7. LEICESTER CATHEDRAL
REVEALED: I attended the presentation on 07 February. The Cathedral will be
making an HLF Bid for £5.65M with 50% matched funding. Their architect
presented initial designs for repair, renewal and replacement, principally
involving a new visitor centre on the site of the 1938 choir school. Looks good
so far but the devil’s in the detail (!)
8. GREYFRIARS PROJECT BOARD:
Joint meeting with the Grants Panel on 20 February. Grant application for
restoration of 21 St. Martins to be considered.
9. LEICESTER CITIZEN. Now
with the printers. Should be issued on time before 01 March.
10. “LET’S GO TO TOWN”. 06
March. Historic England conference on “Place Branding, Pride and Prosperity”.
As advised earlier. Book now. www.historicengland.org.uk
Moved from Leicester University to City Hall due to demand.