Presentation by Alan Maskell of Horncastle Fire Brigade
Wednesday July 19th 2017
Watson Infant School, Watsons Yard, West Street
Alan will talk about how the Lincolnshire Fire Brigade came to be formed.
He will talk about his own experiences in Horncastle and show some of his memorabilia and scrapbooks.
Parking is available at the left hand side of Friskneys.
Entrance Fee of £3.00 for non-members
Tea and coffee available
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 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