CHAIRS REPORT 2015 – 16.

We have had another successful year in many respects. We have had a full committee and a new Acting Treasurer, Rob Murphy, joined us in the Spring.

The Talks at The Pearson Centre have on the whole been well attended and of varied interest to our members, we try to keep as near to our interests as possible but will always welcome suggestions for a speaker new to us. We have had representatives from the Planning Department, Nigel Adams from the Hope Church also a Transport Talk where 13 different companies were represented; we try to keep people informed as to what is going on. Other talks included Ian Harvey from Civic Voice coming along to enthuse and encourage us in our endeavours to keep track of what is happening in Beeston and James McCloskey gave a very interesting talk on The History of Chetwynd Barracks. The Coffee Mornings are sometimes well attended and sometimes not. We had a very successful  one when the Broxtowe Parks and Open Spaces Officer, Chris Riley, came to speak to us about upgrading the Children’s Play area at Broadgate Park, about 40 people came along, it was a very lively morning, this was followed by him joining us at The Carnival on July 9th to do a paper consultation with the general public. We intend to invite people possibly twice a year, to come and talk to us at the Coffee Morning as this attracted a different audience who may not have attended an evening meeting, the Highfields Ranger has expressed an interest in coming one Saturday.

Many Congratulations are due to the Blue Plaques Group, officially called Sothern Broxtowe Blue Plaque Group, who have been working hard for the last 7 years to get the magnificent publication out to great acclaim. The small group was initially Peter Robinson, Steven Wallwork and Robin Phillips and other Societies joined in later. The initial print run of several thousand is just about gone having been distributed mainly locally to Libraries, Council Offices, Shops and Cafes, the Nottingham Tourist Office, and other areas that have requested them. A very successful Launch and Thank You party was held at the Town Hall in July and attended b y the Mayor and other dignitaries and also Sir  Neil Cossons attended and made a speech.  I still hope that we may yet get a trail board organised and placed somewhere in Beeston, a tourist attraction.

The HOD weekend was once again an amazing success somewhat spoilt on the Saturday by the morning rain but very well attended everywhere. It stretched from Thursday to Sunday and there were many taking in venues. The local HOD event is one of the largest in the country and we should be rightly proud there is so much to see here in our area. The HOD team comprising members of a few different Societies deserve our thanks for organising this major event in our calendar, which keeps growing and growing each year. The booklet is always very well received and this year 10,000 were printed and distributed all over the County. This year two of the team are stepping down and we need new people to come along and help, we do have a jobs list split down into sections so if you might be interested please contact us. This is not a year round job, it goes from late January to September, you do not have to be a member of any committee, just interested in HOD.

I would like to thank Prof John Beckett for his organised walks, always popular, always very interesting and a highlight of our summer programme.

There is always space for some fresh ideas, trips for instance? Would any people be interested in trips or are some of you too busy with U3A? Any ideas you may have for events we are always happy to hear them.

We have updated the website a little bit, it now has a calendar you may find useful. We have also set up on facebook our own site called Beeston Voice, this is where people can post and we can interact with them, make comments etc. We also have our Website on facebook too.

Some members have attended workshops put on by the Council and we continue to have a good relationship with Council Officers.

The Planning sub- committee continues to monitor and comment on planning applications within our area of interest .Although we may seem to place particular emphasis on those in conservation areas, on listed buildings such as the Grange and the Parish Church, and large scale developments such as at Boots, Plessey we also look at those in residential areas, the Green Belt and protected open space such at Bramcote Ridge and of course those in the Town Centre.

Thank you for your input to everyone standing down from the Committee. We have had new publicity materials made this summer and they look very professional with banners and new stands, also a feather flag so you can see us in the distance, particularly useful at the Carnival. Our Membership continues to grow and we invite anyone who is interested enough to join us as a member to consider getting involved in any organisational capacity, not necessarily as a member of the committee .A small but important job is for a note taker at our Public Talks so we can put this information into the Newsletter. We hope also to be asking members to help in a joint project with the U3A  and Broxtowe  Council researching possible  additions to a list of non designated heritage assets.

After a full year at our new venue, The Pearson Centre, we hope you are all happy with it, we have used a variety of rooms commensurate with the size of our expected audience.


NOTE  The AGM will be proceeded by a 15 minute update of what is happening in Beeston by the Broxtowe Council Estates Manager. This does not include Phase 2.( The Square and old bus station)