Chairman's E-newsletter August 2018 #136
15 August 2018
CHAIRMAN’S E-NEWSLETTER No.136 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
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
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
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.