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A Champion Tale.
One of the principle aims of the Horncastle History and Heritage Society is to connect members with the history that happened quite literally on their doorstep in this part of Lincolnshire.
The speaker at last Wednesday’s meeting held at the Society’s new Home at Watson’s Yard was Francis Dymoke whose family have lived at Scrivelsby from the days of the Norman conquest and have been the sovereign’s champion for 34 generations. Francis started by stressing that although the title of Sovereign’s Champion is attached to the holding of the Scrivelsby Estate the actual appointment is only made at a coronation. Francis’s father Col John Dymoke became Queen’s Champion when he took part in the coronation of Queen Elisabeth ll. At a future coronation Francis will have to offer his services and if accepted would almost certainly become King’s Champion.
Should Francis become his family’s 35th Champion his contribution to the ceremony is unlikely to equal that of his illustrious forbear Henry Dymoke who entered the banquet at Westminster Hall that followed George lV’s coronation wearing a gleaming suit of armour riding on a white charger to throw down his gauntlet 4 times as a challenge to anyone who disputed the King’s position.
In the lively question and answer session that followed almost inevitably the first question was could Francis ride a horse? Hopes were expressed by members that we may see this tradition revived at a future coronation.
We are proud to report that Francis Dymoke agreed at the meeting to become a patron of the society thus emphasising again the strong links between the Dymoke family and the town of Horncastle.
Notes on a Meeting of the Executive Committee held on
Thursday, 7th Sept 2017 at 1415 hours at No. 4 Low Toynton Close,
Present: Mary Silverton (MS) Chairman, Annie Clark (AC), Michael Hieatt (mH), Marilyn Hieatt (MH) & Trevor Butterworth (TB), Ruth Addison – Treasurer
Apologies: Bob Wayne, Jean Forgham, Chrissie Chapman, Julie Bates
Item 1. Apologies for Absence
Ms accepted apologies from those members detailed above and apologised for the change of date of the meeting. MS also took notes which would not form strict minutes.
Item 2. Approval of Executive Minutes 13/7/17 & Matters Arising (MA)
Under Financial Matters it was pointed out that the figure given was the bank balance and not what had been received this year. It was then agreed the Minutes represented a reasonably true record of what took place. MS said under MA at Item of those Minutes (Planters) a request had been sent to Town Council for permission to put signs on the planters. Awaiting a response. Also under item 9 - WiFi at Watsons School- a neighbouring property had offered ‘piggybacking’ but not successful. Computer advisor says no harm if updated periodically at home.
Item 3. Correspondence
a) Great War Book – Governors of Bannovallum School have requested that a copy is presented to the school. To be arranged.
b) Retford History & Archeological Society have requested a guided walk around the town. Agreed.
c) Lincolnshire Day – 1st October. Invitation to attend. Unfortunately not enough people available to attend.
d) St Mary’s information boards and development of Community Centre garden – About 5 of our members have volunteered to assist.
e) Donations to Archives – More from David Robinson’s collection to pick up. Donation of TV, VHS & DVD Players, a collection of negatives of Horncastle news photographer.
Item 4. Financial Report
The Treasurer reported that there was £7129 in the account. Insurance for the archives has been checked and it was agreed to increase the contents cover for any site up to £3000. Ruth will also check coverage of school premises as per requirements of agreement.
An invoice of £35 has just been paid for an update of the Society’s crest to incorporate HHHS rather than Civic Society.
Item 5. Publicity Campaigns
Chris Bates has produced a press release about the funding for the Roman Wall and the work the survey hopes to achieve. It is also intended to release some publicity about the planters, but photographs will now be delayed until Springtime. Chris will assist on regular press releases to maintain a high profile for the Society.
Item 6. Heritage Open Day
Ruth provided an update. All seems to be in place and bookings for the Police Station tour are being received with just a few places remaining. Members have volunteered their services and the event is now fully covered.
Item 7. Agreement with Photographic Society
The Photographic Society had produced an agreement for the use of Watson’s Infant School by HHHS. The Chairman and Secretary had perused it and Patrick Cordingly had advised on the legal implications. A few amendments had been made and agreed with the Photographic Society.
The Executive Committee agreed to the signing of this agreement by the Chairman and Secretary.
Item 8 Planning Report
mH presented his very detailed and informative report to the other members who agreed to query the use of fencing at 3 Cagthorpe and decided not to query the repeated refusals on 7 West Street. A copy of the Planning Report is attached for member’s consideration. Comment was again made about the dangerous condition of the property at Overton’s corner and MS agreed to take this to the ‘Horncastle Matters’ meeting. It has an adverse effect on the town’s image.
Item 9. Proposal to site a shed at Watson’s Yard
The Photographic Society uses the room where the archives are kept as a storage room for ladders, etc. it is proposed to offer them a shed in the yard for storage of cleaning and old materials, etc. which will free up more space for the archives. An enquiry has been made to ELDC to see if Planning permission is necessary, but no response received. The Executive agree to MS pursuing this project with an initial estimate of £500. It was noted that the shed would not belong to the Society.
Item 10. Update on visit to Ayscoughfee Hall & Spalding Gentlemens’ Society
37 names have been received for this trip. Just a few vacancies if required.
Item 11. Christmas Event – Entertainment
MS apologised that she had not taken this forward despite Members providing her with suggestions.
Item 12. Progress on Projects
David Lawrence is beginning to look at various animals for the cattle pens.
It is hoped to increase sales at the Christmas Market and help is required on marketing our goods and deciding what can be sold etc.
Item 13. Any Other Matters
MS will ask for help to do a clean up at Watsons prior to the next meeting as it is a bit dusty.
All Executive members agreed to investigate Annie Dixon’s achievements with a view to erecting a blue plaque.
The visit to South Ormsby Hall organised by Chrissie had been a great success. In its present state it very much represents a Lincolnshire Gentleman’s residence.
Members were reminded to look at the website which usually carries reports on visits and events etc.
Item 14. Date of Next Meeting – 12th October 2017
Meeting ended at 4.00 pm.
Planning Report Sept 2017 see Planning Section
Horncastle History & Heritage Society – Minutes of a Meeting of the Executive Committee held on the 12th January 2017 at 1415 hours at No. 4 Low Toynton Close, Horncastle
Horncastle History & Heritage Society Minutes of a Meeting of the Executive Committee held on the 10th November 2016 at 1415 hours at No. 4 Low Toynton Close, Horncastle
Horncastle History & Heritage Society – Minutes of a Meeting of the Executive Committee held on the12th May 2016 at 1415 hours at No. 4 Low Toynton Close, Horncastle
Horncastle History & Heritage Society – Minutes of a Meeting of the Executive Committee held on the 25th February 2016 at 1415 hours at No. 4 Low Toynton Close, Horncastle
Present: Mary Silverton (MS) Chairman, Dr David Lawrence (DL) & Trevor Butterworth (TB)
Apologies: Annie Clark, Rod Sambrook & Richard Barker
Absent: Bob Wayne & Marilyn Hieatt
Item 1. Apologies for Absence
MS accepted apologies from those detailed above.
Item 2. Approval of Executive Minutes of 14/01/2016 & Any Matters Arrising
It was agreed these Minutes represented a reasonably true record of what took place. MS advised the accounts should have read £5,290.00 and not £52,900.00! MS further advised that under Correspondence it should have read "National Award” and not International Award. MS added there had been a very welcome influx of volunteers to assist with the archiving task.
Item 3. Correspondence
”Clean for the Queen” campaign takes place on Saturday, 5th March. MS will circulate details regarding participation to all members. MS said while archiving Homeleigh information a photograph of a WW1 plaque had emerged and subsequently was located in the War Memorial Hospital building but regrettably in a corridor not accessible by the public. MS suggested it would be better placed in the Stanhope Hall. Agreed and MS to communicate this to the Chairman of the Stanhope Hall Committee for consideration and action. MS produced a poster advertising the topic for our 16th March General Meeting – "Off the Beeton Track” and it was agreed MS should circulate this to all members. MS then introduced draft copies of the proposed cover for the "Horncastle’s Great War” book and it was agreed to be very suitable.
Item 4. Financial Report
MS indicated there had been no substantial change to the figures recorded in the previous Minutes.
Item 5. Planning Report
The following is a brief dilution of DL’s verbal report on the following planning issues:
a) 14 South Street. Change of use to a Sandwich Bar.
b) Crown Inn, West Street. An application for Qty 8 B & B units. Parking issues
c) Shop next to Perkins, Newsagents. Two letters of concern sent – no response!
d) 5a High Street (was Johnsons Greengrocers) – Building Control issues.
e) Black Swan Public House – broken bottles and glass at the rear on Wong land!
f) Foundry Street – new build in what was Peter Foster’s garden. An application has been submitted to change the conditions to justify unauthorised work already carried out that isn’t in accord with the original approved conditions..! DL said this type of "remedial” or retrospective application has become more and more common place during the past two years.
Item 6. The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations
MS said these celebrations take place over the 10th – 12th June 2016 and on Saturday 11th there is to be a grand parade of floats with a red, white & gold theme and the Society should be involved – but how? A limited debate revealed a Horse Fair theme involving about three wooden horse silhouettes (life size & similar to the steel ones) plus suitably attired members on an appropriately sized trailer would be an achievable possibility. Needs further consideration.
Item 7. Lion Theatre – Refurbishment of Seating
MS said sponsorship was being sort for this project at £80.00 a seat and this will include a suitable plaque on the seat acknowledging the sponsor. It was agreed we sponsor one seat.
Item 8. AGM Speaker
MS said it was hoped to have the ELDC Councillor who holds the Planning Portfolio but has not received any response. Fiona Martin to be asked to chase.
Item 9. Town Walk Leaflet
Bob Pendell has been progressing this project with the "Walkers are Welcome” group, MS said Cupits would produce some 5,000 leaflets for about £750.00. After some debate TB suggested MS contact the Grants Manager for the Horncastle & District Healthcare & Wellbeing Fund for a grant application form and stressing the "healthy” aspect of this project.
Item 10. Any Other Relevant Business
DL said the current infestation of pigeons in the Town and surrounding residential areas was the worse it has ever been. MS said the Three Way Group had already addressed this and had urged business and commercial premises to take preventative actions. DL indicated feeding pigeons should be "discouraged”!
Item 11. Date of Next Meeting
Is the 7th April 2016 at No.4, Low Toynton Road at 1415 hours. Meeting closed at 4.00pm.
Minutes of the Meeting of the Horncastle Heritage and History Society Executive Committee held on 14th January 2016.
Present: Mary Silverton (Chairman), Bob Wayne (Secretary), Marilyn Hieatt, David Lawrence, Trevor Butterworth, Annie Clark.
Apologies: Rod Sambrook. Mary S had received apologies from Richard Barker, sadly he indicated personal circumstances would prevent him from attending future meetings.
The minutes of the meeting held on 03.12.15 were approved as a true record.
Matters Arising: Mary S reported that she had received a load more valuable stuff from David Robinson. In order to accommodate volunteers the archive openings will be changed to Wednesdays 10:15 hrs to 12:30hrs. A charge of £5.00 is made for access to the archives by non members.
Bob W reported that the interpretation board for horses had been delivered to Dave B, they would do the rest ASAP.
Correspondence: Sheila Jonkers Roman Display in the Library attracted much attention and a national award. The residual typed information sheet reflected little credit to HHH and should go.
Society Organisation: Trevor B had to leave early and requested that the committee discuss the composition of the next committee. Mary B’s vision is that tasks be shared over a larger number of members ;- Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Funding Officer, Archive and Website Manager, PR Officer, Program Secretary, Projects Co-ordinator. This would involve more members and by narrowing the responsibilities make the posts less demanding. The good news is that Michael Hieatt has already agreed to take over planning. Fears were expressed that this could lead to an unduly large committee, our constitution allows up to 10, a larger committee would it was hoped spread responsibility.
Accounts: Mary S reported that the audit of the accounts had been signed off. The bank balances was £5290.00 now reduced to £4737.00 after paying for the computer and making a donation to SJB Soc.
Committee changes required a change of bank signatories. Rod S and Claire K will be removed and it was agreed that David L would be appointed signatory.
AGM: Mary S hoped to get the ELDC Head of Planning as speaker.
Christmas event: Everybody agreed that it had been very successful, Paul Scott’s talk had been interesting. It was agreed that Friday night was a good choice and a folky music group could be enjoyable in the future. Members to bring forward ideas at the next meeting .
Christmas Fair: It was agreed that event had been successful making £341.00, people had been very generous and the format was successful.
Future events: There is an obvious need for a fund raising event, rather than a coffee morning it was suggested that we organise a historic town walk, starting and finishing at the Manor House, thanks to the Hieatts. The price would be £5.00 which would include tea and cakes.
The next meeting 20.01.2016: Mary S will bring the PowerPoint projector and computer to show members the archive database and examples of photos especially those from the Johnson and Pocklington collections. Marilyn H said we must remind members that we are looking for new committee members.Roman Wall: The next step is still to get a site survey, this is being organised by the Community Centre Chairman Stephen Holdaway with Sheila’s encouragement. The mild weather has discouraged the die back of undergrowth slowing the process. Bob W reported that the trees growing on top of the wall have been felled. Sheila J is very keen to form an interest group.
Planning Report: David L reported his principle concern is with No 5A the High Street (was Johnsons fruit and veg) Permission has been gained for two 1st floor flats but the ground floor looks far from stable. David has written to the Enforcement Officer and received assurances that an architect had been appointed and was working with the Conservation Officer. Nothing much has happened, various steel sections have been delivered. It was agreed that David L should write again to the enforcement Officer, the Mayor, Cllr Fiona Martin if only to remind them that we are watching.
Another building that is causing concern is the old bicycle shop next to Perkins. This building is deteriorating rapidly with the shop window looking very poor. Should the building be demolished any replacement would be very visible, Members felt its present state was an eyesore in the middle of town.
David L’s other concerns is the continuing trend towards retrospective applications, a classic example being the new terrace in Foundry Street that was erected with entirely different window detail and roof pitch to the approved plans. That ELDC appear to have given planning permission for new bungalows on Thimbleby Hill without any agreement on sewerage connections with Anglia Water, worrying trend!
Wong Action Group: Mary S intended to attend a meeting, that evening with the Wong Committee, Town Council and ELDC to review progress. She didn’t expect much to happen at this time.
The Town Trail: Mary S showed a leaflet from St Neots printed on two sides of A4 which was a lot simpler (and less expensive) than the ELDC one use currently.
AOB: Mike Credland who had been so helpful with the WWl exhibitions has opened a private museum at Martin – A possible visit.
Next meeting: Thursday 25th February 2016 at 2.15pm.
Next members meeting: 20th January
Meeting closed: 16:30hrs.
Proposed Dates of meetings for 2016 & 2017. All meetings to be held at the new premises, Watson's Infant School, West Street, LN9 5AW at 7.30pm, unless otherwise stated.
Mike Fowler - Railways & particularly Horncastle branch line
Richard D'Arcy - Smuggling on the Lincolnshire Coast
Lincolnshire Voices of the Great War Exhibition
10am to 4pm Stanhope Hall
National Civic Day- Display of Town Archives at Community Centre
Alan Maskell - Lincolnshire Fire Service
Heritage Open Day Event -Horrid History of Horncastle, Tour of Victorian Police cells & exhibition at Chatterton's Solicitors.
Francis Dymoke - The Queen's Champion
Crissie Chapman - Katherine Swynford, Daughter of Lincolnshire & Mother of a Dynasty.
Subject to availability