Leicester Civic Society
Chairman's E-newsletter August 2018 #136

15 August 2018


1. Memorial for Stuart Bailey: Many members and other guests were present at the memorial tribute to Stuart Bailey on 24th July held at the City Rooms. Speakers reflected on the great qualities that Stuart embodied and how his love for Leicester was at the heart of everything in which he was involved. Among the speakers, committee member Jennifer MacGregor gave a moving address about their work and Mayor Peter Soulsby also gave his tribute. For those who were not able to attend, a recording of the event has been posted on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMQnVjn2SOQ

2. Leicester Civic Society Committee: The committee has been discussing the work of the Civic Society and how we will respond to the changes encountered recently. In addition to losing Stuart, Jennifer MacGregor has also stepped down from the committee and Gordon Goode has indicated that he will be stepping down from the post of Treasurer at the next AGM. We also recognise that we should be doing more to engage and listen to members as well as growing the membership. More on this to follow, but for now we are searching for members who may feel that they want to become more active in the Society to get in touch for a conversation. There is no need to commit but let us have a chat.

3. Leicester City Council Planning Department website. Some of you may have experienced problems with the revised Planning portal when accessing planning applications in your area of the city. We have contacted the Planning Department which acknowledges they have a problem which they are working on and have promised to keep us updated on getting it fixed. We will keep an eye on this as it does impact on our ability to keep the planning process under scrutiny.

4. Chester Trip Bookings are still being taken for our coach trip to Chester. There are still places left, and you can book by looking in the July edition of the Leicester Citizen or look on our website where you can also download maps and information on the city to enhance your visit. The trip is being led by committee member Ike Easingwood.

5. Guided Walks: On 4th August we had 31 people attend the guided walk ”Romance of Old London Road”. This was the most people we have had and despite competition from the Carnival parade on the same day, we managed to avoid the crowds and a good time was had by all. The popularity of our walks means that we are planning to extend the series next year. If you have an idea for a walk in the city please let us know.

6. Wolsey Angels: On show at New Walk museum, these marvellous treasures are on loan from the Victoria and Albert museum. They were created for the tomb of Cardinal Wolsey but never used when he fell into disfavour with Henry VIII and died at Leicester Abbey. Lost for hundreds of years you can now see them fully restored and read the story of their discovery and restoration https://www.visitleicester.info/whats-on/the-wolsey-angels-p739281

7. Annual Dinner: A reminder that our Annual Dinner is on Friday 12th October at Wygston’s House restaurant. Bookings are being taken and we are returning to last year’s venue which proved to be so popular and in a marvellous setting. See the July Citizen for further details.

8. Loughborough Book launch: Civic Society member Lynne Dyer has written a book “Loughborough in 50 Buildings” which is published this week. A launch event is being held at 4.00pm on Friday 17th August at Fearon Hall, Loughborough. All are welcome.

9. Heritage Countsis the annual audit of England's heritage, first produced in 2002.Each year, Heritage Counts focuses on a different theme and has covered topics ranging from the impact of climate change on the historic environment to skills within the sector. Visit theHistoric England websiteto view past years' editions.Heritage Counts also collates alarge dataset of indicatorswhich provide an insight into the state of the historic environment. These cover everything from the number of listed heritage assets to the numbers of planning decisions affecting the historic environment.

10. Civic Society Awards 2018 You will see more details on our 2018 awards for new build and restoration awards in the November edition of the Leicester Citizen, but this is a reminder to let us know if you are aware of or have seen buildings which could be nominations for the next awards.

Peter Jones


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