Chairman’s Report May 2019

Chairman’s Report: Addingham Civic Society Annual General Meeting 16th of May 2019.

It was an excellent meeting with over 55 members in attendance. The Minutes of last year’s AGM were approved unanimously with no matters arising. Our Financial Accounts were also approved unanimously, again with no matters arising. I gave my report of  the previous 12 months on behalf of the Trustees.


I was saddened to report that the Society’s President Baroness Betty Lockwood had passed away at the end of April. Condolences having already been made to Betty’s friends and family. Don Barrett Vice President had agreed to take over from Betty in the role of President. Jonathan White has also agreed to take on the Vice Presidents role and both were elected unanimously.

I agreed to stand as Chairman, Malcolm Keeble as Vice Chairman, Gill Battarbee as Secretary and Ann Austin as Treasurer. We were all re-elected unanimously. There had not been any other nominations for Officers of the Society.

There was one nomination for a Trustee: Jayne Hood and she was elected unanimously. The existing board of Trustees all agreed to stand again and were duly re-elected, unanimously:

Ken Birch, Brenda Crooks, Ian Drysdale, Steve Lloyd, Jack Robson and Richard Walton.

There were no items of Any Other Business and the Meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the Officers and Trustees of the Society by our newly elected Vice President, Jonathan White.


There are always many people in the Society I would like to thank but special thanks must be given to Ann Austin our Treasurer and Ian Drysdale the Society’s Financial Advisor for just making absolutely sure that our Finances are kept in order !


Clearly we must be doing something right as we’ve had just over 20 new members join the Society in the last 12 months. Finally, just a  few more thank-you’s: Brenda and the ladies who do our refreshments, Diana Keeble for masterminding 2 successful Fayres, Steve Lloyd for organising a super Summer Trip…..and the list goes on. But, of course I must just mention my fellow Trustees you are not a bad bunch.


These are the highlights of projects/activities/events since last year’s AGM, in no particular order:

  • We will continue to promote and support other Village Organisations/Societies..
  • The Society is always keen to retain a strong Social presence in the Society and in the last 12 months we have arranged:….10 Members Meetings, a Summer Trip, Xmas Party, 2 Fayres, a 40th Anniversary party and an Environment Weekend.
  • As mentioned above, 2 very successful Fayres with our Spring one making a profit of over £950.
  • Another hugely successful 12 months from our Environment Group. An Environment weekend 30th of June and 1st of July. I am delighted to say that the Group’s profile and influence goes from strength to strength.

Their 4 Becks Project received 2nd prize in the Peter Spawforth Awards at the YHACS AGM In Jan.

  • Our Blue Plaques Project came to an end but not before we installed another 4 Plaques and released a special BP Trail leaflet.
  • In Oct we unveiled a special WW1 plaque to the 17 Serviceman who lost their lives and who’s names were missing from the war Memorial. In conjunction with the unveiling we held an event in the Memorial Hall involving many young adults from the Village uniform organisations.
  • We continue to be actively involved with Village’s Neighbourhood Plan with the next big stage being a Village referendum.
  • Working hand in hand with our Parish Council the Village Newsletters were once again delivered to every home in the Village in Sept and March.
  • Our Summer Trip in July was another great day with visits to Goole and Howden. This year we are off to Bygone Times and Astley Hall and Gardens, near Chorley.
  • In July we cleared and cleaned the Addingham Suspension Bridge and we subsequently discovered some issues which lead to its closure for 6 months. Oh dear.
  • Two very well deserved Civic Pride Awards were given to to Sue Ross and our very own Rick Battarbee. We have received a number of nominations for this year’s award and we hope to announce the winner in the next month or so.
  • Personally I am delighted to see the progress with the Village Hub and we will continue to support the team there as far as possible.
  • Our Community Award Scheme continues to help Village Organisations with three awards being given out. They were Hilary Thomas’s Vocal Days, our Bowling Club and very recently the Cricket Club. Keep them coming.
  • Our Telephone Kiosk continues to attract interest and is an excellent Visitor Information Point. Thanks must go to its ‘neighbours’ Jacquie Teasdale and Malcolm and Carol Armitage for looking after it so well….
  • We are always keen to launch new publications and this year was no exception with the  The Flowers of Church Field by Arnold Pacey and Co……watch out for another publication and a very unusual one at that, very soon.
  • Another couple of exciting new projects likely to be implemented in the next 9 months … watch this space.


Not bad eh !

Jim Robinson


May 2019.

Addingham Civic Society