AGM 14th May 2018

AGM 14th May 2018: Chairman’s Annual Report

I am pleased to announce that the Society continues to grow from strength to strength. As Mary Smith our Treasurer will explain the Society is in a sound financial position with 69 paid up Members, an increase on last year.

In July, Geoff Sanders organised the Society’s stand in St Michael’s Church, part of the Celebrating our Community event and I’d like to thank Geoff for all his hard work. The stand attracted a number of positive comments from local residents and visitors to Broadway.

Since last September the Society has hosted a range of interesting talks which have all been very well attended. Keith Cattell started last year’s programme with his talk on The Cathedral Builders, their techniques and skills, and in October Muriel Pilkington entertained us with her illustrated talk on Batsford and the fascinating Mitford Sisters.

In the run up to Christmas, Adrienne Grinyer and Ingrid Walden presented, in full costume and character, a Victorian Christmas and had members joining in the carols. Sadly the weather forced the cancellation of December’s talk by Robin Jackson on the Broadway Dig – the talk is in our 2018/19 Programme and has been rescheduled for February 2019.

The Battle of Worcester came to life in January when Paul Harding (and a table full of armour and firearms) took us back to 1651 and the final days of the English Civil War. In February, Committee Member Geoff Sanders took us for a stroll down Broadway’s High Street introducing us to the families and houses that lined the High Street in 1881.

In February we were asked by the Trustees of the Lifford Hall if we could move our meetings to the main hall from the Parlour. I think you will all agree that our meetings had outgrown the Parlour and that the additional space the hall gives us is most welcome. In March Angela Panrucker unfortunately had to cancel her talk but author Anne Bradford stepped in at the last minute with her tales of ghosts, murders and scandals in Worcestershire. The 2017/18 programme of talks came to an end last month with a wonderful talk by Dr Steven Blake who took us on a journey through 100 years of the Cotswold Way.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Committee for all their hard work during the year arranging our programme of events and in particular Vicki Packman who has decided to retire having served on the Committee since the Society’s inception in June 2015.  If anyone is interested in joining the Committee then please let us know – it would be great to welcome an additional member. I would also like to thank the trustees of the Lifford Hall for allowing us to hold our meetings here and to Jane Sanders who has helped Mary serving refreshments at the end of our meetings.

Last October, Tess Taylor from Chipping Campden, donated the Minute Book of Willersey Cricket Club to our small archive of material on Broadway and the surrounding area. The Committee is still hoping that the Society’s archive will eventually be held in Broadway Community Library so that it can have full public access and discussions to arrange this are still taking place.  On display this evening are a number of old photos, books and memorabilia of Broadway, please do stop and take a look at the end of the AGM.

Finally, our Programme of Events for 2018/19 has been printed and I look forward to seeing you all at the future talks and events we have arranged.

Debbie Williamson
14th May 2018