Month: April 2023

Agenda for AGM on Tuesday 9th May 2023

Ampthill and District Preservation Society

The Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 9 May 2023 at 7.30pm

Chapter House, St Andrew’s Church, Ampthill



  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of AGM held on 10 May 2022
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Annual report: – Chairman
  5. Statement of Accounts: – Treasurer
  6. Appointment of Auditor
  7. Election of Officers
  8. Any other business
    • Membership fee proposalto increase membership fees to £6.00 for couples; £5.00 for individuals; and £4.00 for senior citizens and those under 21.
    • Meetings fee proposalto provide the opportunity to pay for all 6 meetings in advance (at time of membership renewal), and if doing so paying for 5 meetings instead of 6


Current Committee Members – 2023

Chairman:                                                          Co-opted Chairperson Sarah Wright ***

Vice-Chairman                                                  Mr A Sewell

Secretary:                                                            Vacant***

Treasurer and Membership Secretary:        Mr James Gibb

Planning Officer and Countryside officer:   Mr John Boothby (Resigning)

Programme Secretary:                                      Mrs Mariella Cook

Alameda and Park Officer:                              Mrs Jo Leary

Communication and Social Media                Mrs Mariella Cook

Webmaster and Technical Support               Co-opted Mr John Leary ***

Member:                                                              Mrs Valerie Therkildsen

Member:                                                              Mrs Sandra Read (Acting as Minute Secretary)

Member:                                                              Mr John Mower

*** up for election and willing to stand/serve.

Sarah Wright – Proposed by Mariella Cook, Seconded by John Mower

John Leary     – Proposed by Sandra Read, Seconded by Mariella Cook

Secretary        – Sandra Read, Proposed by Valerie Therkildsen, Seconded by James Gibb

Committee Volunteer Members would be most welcome. Meetings are convivial and held every 6-8 weeks, so the commitment is not onerous. If you would like to join us, please speak to any of the committee members or email

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Introducing our Acting Chairperson.

Sarah Wright

Sarah has lived in Millbrook since 1999 but has family links with the Ampthill area which go much further back.  Her paternal grandparents were from Millbrook and Ampthill, marrying at the Methodist Church in 1927 and her father was brought up in Flitwick. Furthermore, a great, great aunt used to run the Old Sweet Shop in Woburn Street and her great grandfather on her mother’s side was the one-time publican of the King’s Arms. Family History research has shown that she had relatives living in Dunstable Street as far back as 1757!

Sarah was brought up in the nearby village of Wootton and attended Dame Alice Harpur School in Bedford before completing her degree at Trinity College, Cambridge and a PGCE at New College, Oxford.

She then spent 4 years as a History teacher at Watford Grammar School for Boys, before moving to Bedford Modern School. Here, she was Head of History for 19 years between 2003 and 2022 and since September 2023 she has taken up the new post of Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

She is a regular contributor to Hindsight GCSE History magazine, published by Hodder and since 2014 has been involved in a project to transcribe, research and publish the family papers of Keynes family, especially focussing on those of Geoffrey Keynes and his wife Margaret Darwin.

Sarah is a keen supporter of all the different aims of ADPS and hopes that the society is able to go from strength to strength.


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