Chairman's Report April 2017
11 April 2017
120. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT: 11 APRIL 2017.
1. SKITTLES AT WIGSTON: A
highly successful social event on 31 March. There was a large crowd. Wigston
won (again - but only just!) but we split the raffle proceeds 50/50. Many
thanks to Wigston Civic Society for organising.
2. 2016 AWARDS: 07 April.
A glittering occasion. Michaela Butter was the perfect Guest of Honour and said
some very nice things about us. It was a pleasure to be able to thank Naresh
Parmar and Jamie Lewis for their support. Also our own team, Peter, Howard,
Richard, Ann, Michele, Olwen, Geoffrey and Stu for their enthusiasm and
commitment. Finally making it upstairs to the Georgian Ballroom made all the
difference and the food and service were as excellent as ever. I shall be very
much surprised if we don’t gain new members out of this, as everyone appeared
much impressed and there was a considerable uptake of leaflets. The 2017 Awards
Presentation and Dinner will be held on Friday 13th April 2018. Put
the date in your diaries now.
3. EVINGTON FOOTPATH
CONSERVATION AREA. Following the debacle over 36 St. James Road reported at
our last meeting, I am to make a presentation on 12 April at what will
hopefully be a meeting to establish an Evington Footpath Conservation Area
Society. It is Civic Society policy to openly encourage and support individual
conservation societies in residential conservation areas. Experience shows that
there is much more these societies can achieve in protection of their local
historic environment than can often be achieved by a civic society that has the
whole city to deal with.
DRIVE. As you will be aware the Society will not now support the Art-House
event in June. I am therefore aiming for publicity in “The Street” as soon as
possible. They inform me that the next vacant space on the front cover is in
November and I have booked this to coincide with the publication of “Leicester
5. PUBLIC SPEAKING
AT PLANNING COMMITTEE. At their meeting on 05 April a motion was introduced
to allow developers to speak at meetings even when objectors are not to speak.
Although this originated with the usual suspects inside City Planning, I can
see no cause for immediate concern. If objectors are not to speak against a
proposal it is presumably either satisfactory or not sufficiently dangerous to
do so. The important principle that objectors are allowed the final word when
they chose to speak is to be maintained. The real concern is that this may
extend the length of meetings that can already be over long.
6. NEW WALK & THE GEORGIAN
NEW TOWN: 29 April: Bookings are open, including Visit Leicester, and
publicity is out. We have sold eight so far, so get those leaflets out.
7. LEYLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
01 May. Visit to Leicester. They have a coach party of 50 and are doing King
Richard III in the morning. At 2.45 they are being split into two groups. I
shall do “Ancient Leicester” from the Guildhall to Jewry Wall and Jennifer will
do “Roman Leicester” including the baths site. Proceeds 50/50 split with
Friends of Jewry Wall Museum.
8. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
All are reminded of our 46th AGM at 7.30 on 03 May at the Ramada
Hotel, Charles Street. Officers reports to me in good time please. This is before our May committee meeting for the
first time, so there will be no further meetings between now and the AGM. All
9. ICKWORTH TOUR: 13 May. 18
bookings to date. Only three seats remain on the coach. Please book now to avoid disappointment. We
need to fill the coach to break even.
For your further info:
- “Maintenance Matters”: 18 March. I attended
the SPAB seminar on the maintenance of historic buildings with particular
reference to Greyfriars THI. This was a highly constructive and well run
event with considerable networking. In the afternoon we visited sites in
Greyfriars and the Market Place. SPAB intend to repeat both this and their
seminar held last November, commencing later this year. Worth watching out
- 23 March. Jennifer and I had an
initial meeting with the Arts & Museums Service on the City Centenary
Celebrations proposed for 2019. The Society may be closely involved in a
HLF Bid for funding, as we did with “Magna Carta 800” in 2015.
- 13 April: Greyfriars: Meeting
to discuss the proposed “Past & Present Trade Directory”.
- 24 April: Heritage Partnership.
Jewry Wall Museum.
I have a copy of the new “Quality of
Leicester” available at a discounted price of £12. If anyone is interested,
please let me know.