AGM 20th May 2019

AGM 20th May 2019: Chairman’s Annual Report

I am delighted to inform Members that the Society has had another successful year. As Mary Smith our Treasurer will explain in a few minutes, the Society is in a sound financial position with over 60 paid up Members. Meetings have continued to be held here in the Lifford Memorial Hall which I am sure you will all agree is a great venue for our meetings with plenty of space.

Since last September we have hosted a wide range of talks which have all been very well attended.

Phil Moore from the GWR opened last year’s programme in September with his talk on Broadway Station which had reopened the previous Easter bringing steam trains back to the village. In October, Max Keen entertained us with his illustrated talk on the Anglo Zulu Wars and the two war heroes from Worcestershire who were awarded the Victoria Cross.

In November our own Committee Member, Michael de Navarro, gave us a fascinating talk on JM Barrie’s Allahakbarries and the Coarse Cricket Matches played here in Broadway. This was followed in December by a talk by Dr Alan Wadsworth on his ongoing project recording the Farmsteads and Buildings in Worcestershire so that the history of these buildings can be preserved for future generations as their use is constantly changing and evolving.

The talks of 2019 started with an interesting talk by David Clarke on the Worcestershire women convicts who were transported to Australia in 1788. Then in February, Robin Jackson from the Worcestershire Archaeological Service took us further back in time with his talk on the findings of the Broadway Archaeological Dig along West End.

In March, Dr Nick Humphris gave us an illustrated talk on Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire, and last month Allan Ledger gave us a talk about Jane Austen and her family’s connection with the Cotswolds.

I would like to thank the Committee for all their hard work during the year arranging our programme of events and in particular Mary and Nigel Smith for putting together and arranging the printing of the programme which has again this year been kindly carried out by Vale Press in Willersey. Last June, Geoff Sanders sadly retired from the Committee and I’d like to thank him on behalf of everyone for his work whilst on the Committee. In September we welcomed Roger Dudley as a Committee Member and if anyone else is interested joining the Committee then please let us know – it would be great to welcome one or two additional members. I would also like to thank the Trustees of the Lifford Hall for allowing us to hold our meetings here and also to thank Rosemarie Dudley who has helped Mary with serving refreshments at the end of our meetings.

During the year the Society was approached to help Cllr Liz Eyre with the preparation of some display panels about the history of Broadway that are going to be exhibited in a ‘Broadway Room’ in the Broadway Museum and Art Gallery later this year and I like to thank Mary and Nigel Smith for supporting Cllr Eyre with the project.

Finally, our Programme of Events for 2019/20 has been printed and is being distributed this evening. I look forward to seeing you all at the future talks and events we have arranged.

Thank you.

Debbie Williamson
20th May 2019