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Chairman’s Report: Annual General Meeting (AGM) September 17th 2020

Well, this has been a very strange and surreal 6 months or so and let’s hope the present difficulties will subside in the not too distant future and we can start to get back to some degree of normality. Like many other organisations we have had to cancel many events and activities including our Annual General Meeting, 7 Members Meetings, a Concert, our Summer trip, 2 Fayres, our Environment Weekend…..the list goes on ! Still, thanks to your ongoing support we continue to thrive and l’m looking forward to the next 12 monthsof the Society continuing to do its bit for the Village. Lets take a look back at what we have been up to since our AGM in May last year, just in a series of bullet points and not in any particular order:

  • Our President Baroness Betty Lockwood died in April last her wonderful memorial service at St Peters Church was heldin July.
  • Don Barrett took over Betty’s role as Society President with Jonathan White as our Vice President. I was personally delighted that both Don and Jonathan agreed to do take up these roles.
  • Under our Community Awards scheme we helped fund some long overdue repair work to paving atAddingham Bowling Club. We also agreed to donate £600 to the Scouts to assist them with a trip to Kandersteg, in Switzerland.….. Unfortunately, the trip was cancelled due to COVID-19 but the money has been set aside for when the trip eventually takes place.
  • Another hugely successful Autumn Fayre event took place in October last year,
  • You will all remember the now famous ‘Crayke Cottage timbers’discovered on Sugar Hill. The Society funded the expert analysis and ‘dating’ of them and thanks must go to Arnold Pacey for his efforts with this project.
  • We had to change the date of our 2019 Christmas party due to the General Election !Despite this setback it was still a huge success!
  • We acquired another old BT kiosk at SmallBanks on Cocking Lane and installed a defibrillator.
  • Another brilliant Arnold Pacey book about old houses in the Village was released along with a lovely re-print of a 1974 publication marking the centenary of the First School.
  • The Jennings Family were presented with our prestige Civic Pride Award and well deserved too.
  • We secured an Asset of Community Value order on the The Crown Public House and we are still closely following developments regarding its sale.
  • We secured 1st prize in the Yorkshire and Humberside Association of Civic Society’s annual Peter Spawforth awards for our work with the young people in the Community. Good effort Hon Secretary! Our trophy is now on display in The Hub.
  • A new Village Group was set up ‘Arts at Addingham’ with help and support from the Society, unfortunately the ‘lockdown’ put a hold on a range of planned events and activities.
  • BBC1’s programme ‘The Repair Shop’ came to the Village unfortunately none of the wonderful items brought actually made it onto the show….! Even our ‘’Crayke Cottage Timbers’ missed out!
  • Our recently formed Heritage Group has an amazing online Photo Archive, please check it out at
    Thanks to Don, Mike Bolton and the rest of the team for their hard work.
  • Our new Pétanque Court was officially opened in February this year. Problems associated with the siting of seating kindly donated by Harry Jevons, is rumbling on.
  • We were proud to be heavily involved in the launch of the Village’s COVID-19 Support Group….which has supported many residents in the Community.
  • Restored both the wooden framed Village maps and ‘refurbished’ 4 Village mileposts and 1 Village boundary post.
  • From time to time we do get very generous offers of cash donations, so we thought we would launch our very own online donations page to cover these instances:
  • Our Environment Groups excellent work in and around the Village just goes on and on under the leadership of Rick Battarbee and now with over 200 volunteers to call upon I’m sure they will go from strength to strength. Recently they ran a very successful photographic competition and check out the new iWharfe project. If you want to find out more then see their website:
  • Activity on the Villages Neighbourhood Plan has gone very quiet of late for the reasons we all know about. Things will start to pick up again soon, I have no doubt.

That’s about it I reckon, it just leaves me to express my gratitude to all our members for their support over the last 16 months or so and long may that support continue.You are all stars, thankyou.

I had better just thank my fellow Trustees as well, they are not a bad crowd.

This report along with the other papers from the AGM will be posted on our website and for our most recent members if you want to learn a bit more about any of the activities and projects mentioned above then just let me know.

Jim Robinson
01943 831476
07824 310508

17th of September 2020

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