AGM 2012

Thursday 8th November 2012 7.30 pm
Highgate Library, Chester Road, N19

 

The AGM was held in the former Children's Library (see 'History'). This was the first time this wonderful space in our listed Library has been available for a civic meeting for several decades.  Before the meeting started those attending were able look at a number of exhibitions, buy historic postcards and other Advisory Committee publications, talk to members of the Swain’s Lane and Neighbours of the Mansfield Bowling Club about their campaigns and spend a convivial half an hour chatting over drinks and nibbles.

The Chair introduced the Advisory Committee’s Annual Report (and Accounts). (Attached in PDF format, see below.)  These were adopted and the Advisory Committee thanked for its efforts.  Colin Thom told the meeting that he attended many such meetings across the country and only rarely came across Advisory Committees as vibrant, effective and well supported as ours.  There being no additional nominees, Jeremy Wright proposed and the meeting agreed the re-election of the individual members of the Committee.  Speakers from the floor included Fabian Watkinson, Chair of the Friends of Highgate Library, who describe the bringing back into community use of the former Children’s Library as an ‘historic’ event and representatives of the Save Swains Lane and Neighbours of the Mansfield Bowling Club who spoke about their efforts to resist speculators intent on doing serious harm to the Conservation Area.  The meeting also discussed the vexed ‘wheelie bin’ issue and expressed its anxiety at the harm which would be done not only to the appearance of the Conservation Area but also to the recycling cause if the Council continued to mishand the whole issue.
 

The formal session was followed by our guest speaker Colin Thom.  Colin, Senior Historian with English Heritage's Survey of London, an expert in researching London’s built environment and author of the seminal work on the subject, “Researching London’s Houses”, was our guest speaker this year.  Colin’s Powerpoint presentation, which included some original research into several houses in the Conservation Area, stimulated an avalanche of questions and a lively discussion which could have gone into the night but for the fact that we had eventually to vacate the building.  AGM veterans agreed it was one of the best we had had in many years.  With Colin's kind permission a PDF of the talk and an XPS version of the presentation can be found below.  Opening the latter is not recommended unless you a decent computer and fast broadband.  Please respect Colin's copyright.

 
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