Remember that the meeting dates have been changed – next is April 3rdat Admiral Rodney and the AGM is on the 15thMay when the CEO of ’Civic Sense’ will be our speaker. Both at 7.30pm
currently receiving their new Spring coats ready to go out to grass in the next couple of months. All members will be invited to the unveiling event and to a buffet lunch afterwards. I will keep you informed on the date and time.
Mareham Road development
David Lawrence has spent a great deal of time and effort on the opposition to this development of 129 houses. The application has recently been declared invalid by ELDC mainly due to drainage and possible flooding issues. The Society’s response has been sent in and contains a lot of ammunition to put down this application. Whether it will return in another form we know not. The Society is keen to preserve Romano & agrarian remains that may be on the site, to protect trees and hedges and to protect the town from flooding and unsympathetic development. A bound copy of the report is available for Members to view.
Thanks to all of you who supported the opening day. As you know work on cataloguing etc., still continues. The Society’s Executive committee is agreed that this is an archive centre and not a museum. We are happy to accept documents and small memorabilia that relate directly to the town and its history or events that have taken place, but we will not be accepting large pieces. Ie furniture as we have no room for them. We envisage the centre as being for education, research and of general interest to the people of the town and visitors. We hope that cataloguing will be complete in the next few months. Members will have free access to the archives, but non-members will be charged a fee.Allaccess will be under supervision of a nominated member of the society in order to protect the documents and ensure they are kept in the right place. Thanks to Rod Sambrook & Sally Bruce-Gordyne for their work.
Archive Centre donation
We were delighted to receive a donation of £210 from the Town Council towards the software needed for the archive centre.
Heritage Open Days
A date for your calendar. – Friday 13thSeptember 2013 –David Robinson has kindly offered to lead a ‘Bricks Walk’ around the town at6.30pmthat evening. This is in line with the theme of this year’s Heritage Weekends ‘Material Matters’ and promises to be very interesting. David will be showing us different kinds of patterns of bricks and talking about the history of the brickworks in the town.
Dr Harrison talk
Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to thwart us with a heavy snowstorm, we still had over 30 people brave the elements who were rewarded with a really interesting talk on this little known, but exceptional doctor from Horncastle. Bob Pendell has lots of research on this subject and we may decide to hold a further evening later on in the year, when there is no prospect of snow!
The proposal to install external artwork around the town showing buildings in their previous forms, etc., is progressing well. Talks with the Conservation officer have been promising, but we will have to apply for planning permission for each building. We hope to meet the costs from a grant, but local businesses may also support. The Town Council and Federation of Small Businesses are in support. Thanks to Rod Sambrook who is leading this project with the assistance of Sheila Jonkers.
Anne Wayne is organising a Spring clean of the town. The Society has agreed to support this. When you see it advertised, please give your names to Anne if you wish to help.
The Society is still working to get the pavements near Heather’s and the Admiral Rodney put back to paving stone instead of the ‘temporary’ tarmac.