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Agenda for AGM on Tuesday 7th May 2024

The Annual General Meeting

 Tuesday 7 May 2024 at 7.30pm

 Chapter House, St Andrew’s Church, Ampthill

AGENDA

          1. Apologies for Absence
          2. Minutes of AGM held on 10 May 2023
          3. Matters Arising
          4. Annual report: – Chairman
          5. Statement of Accounts: – Treasurer
          6. Appointment of Auditor
          7. Election of Officers
          8. Any other business

Constitution Amendment proposals:

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Society shall be:
        1. To encourage the protection and conservation of local historical architecture and environmental heritage in and around the town of Ampthill;
Proposal to replace with

The objectives of the Society shall be:
        1. To encourage the protection and conservation of local historical architecture and all aspects of environmental heritage in and around the town of Ampthill;
MEETINGS
        1. Executive Committee meetings shall normally be held at approximately six-week intervals. A notice calling each meeting shall be distributed in the preceding week, accompanied by the agenda and unapproved minutes of the previous meeting. The quorum shall be four, including at least two Officers
Proposal to replace with 
        1. a) Executive Committee meetings shall normally be held a minimum of four times per year. . A notice calling each meeting shall be distributed in the preceding week, accompanied by the agenda and unapproved minutes of the previous meeting. The quorum shall be four, including at least two Officers

Current Committee Members – 2024

Chairperson:                                                      Sarah Wright

Vice-Chairman                                                   Mr A Sewell**

Secretary:                                                            Mrs Sandra Read

Treasurer and Membership Secretary:               Mr James Gibb

Planning and Countryside officer:                     Co-opted Mr Kelvin Horton  23-24

Programme Secretary:                                       Mrs Mariella Cook resigning this post

Alameda and Park Officer:                                 Mr John Mower

Communication and Social Media                    Mrs Mariella Cook***

Webmaster and Technical Support                   Mr John Leary

Member:                                                           Mrs Valerie Therkildsen

Member:                                                           Mrs Jo Leary***

Member:                                                           Vacant

** Up for election

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

Planning and Countryside officer: Kelvin Horton – Proposed by Sandra Read, Seconded by Mariella Cook

Committee Member: Ian Wright Proposed by Mariella Cook, Seconded by John Mower

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 ampthillanddistrictps@gmail.com

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Ampthill Past Memories Project

The First Eight Months!

The Ampthill Past Memories Project takes us on a stroll down memory lane with recordings of Ampthill residents sharing their stories.

It’s a unique peek into the heart and soul of our town’s history.  The memories allow us to explore Ampthill’s past through the personal tales and cherished memories of its residents.,

The project was born out of discussion between Mariella Cook and Sandra Read who had both participated in the Greensand Country Landscape Oral History and recognising that Ampthill was a rich source of more recent history that as yet, was not recorded centrally.  We explored the methodology, and we needed equipment, help and advice.

Terry Lee, Senior Tutor in Radio & Audio at the University of  Bedfordshire and Chair of the Community Media Association, came to our rescue with much help and advice. Our thanks are extended to Terry for the help and assistance he has given to us over the past few months.

Initially Ampthill & District Preservation Society funded podcast equipment and we explored funding opportunities to purchase a dedicated laptop and software. The CBC Inspiring Volunteering fund awarded a grant of £500, followed by £500 from the Ampthill Town Council Community Grant Fund for which we are very grateful.

We already have eleven recordings “in the can”, and these will be edited and uploaded soon. Many more interviews are scheduled, with a list of potential interviewers

Next stages include transcribing the interviews, lodging copies with the British Library Sound Archive and more. Some of Terry’s University students will now become involved with helping to edit the interviews and create the podcasts.

The project could not have run without the residents that have already allowed us to record their precious memories,  We extend our appreciation and thanks to all those that have already completed interviews and all those that will do so in the future.  Also a huge thank you to those  who have come forward to join the interview team.

The Project has been set up as Podcasts which can be accessed via the Ampthill & District Preservation Society website ADPS.org.uk, or by scanning the QR code which appears on the logo of the project.

We are pleased to be able to include  a trailer of the project here – please clink on the link.

https://open.spotify.com/show/6yPws8oBOsXf9Udpw4tZXv

There are always more memories out there waiting to be found. If you would like to share your memories with us and are happy to have them included in the Ampthill Past Memories Project, please do contact us by email on ampthillpastmemories@gmail.com.

We will undoubtedly need more funding in the future but we are rightly proud of what we have achieved so far on such a small budget(<£1300) and with so many hours given in kind by volunteers.

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Christmas Tree Festival

Ampthill and District Preservation Society are exhibiting “A Tudor Christmas” in St. Andrews Christmas Tree Festival which is happening on 2nd and 3rd December 2023.

Imagine you have found yourself back in Tudor times. It is December 1526, and the small town of Ampthill is situated on the edge of one of Henry VIII’s favourite hunting lodges. As in years past, the residents are preparing for this special time. However, while some parts of the Tudor celebrations would be recognised today, others would not.


Christmas trees were not a tradition adopted by the Tudors.

A Tudor Christmas saw homes decorated on Christmas Eve with mistletoe, holly, ivy, yew and laurel, such as in the kissing bough shown above, and carols were sung.

Notice the pomegranate hung in pride of place in the centre of the bough in honour of the Queen, Katherine of Aragon. The pomegranate is her favourite heraldic badge.


Christmas was also about rest for the Tudors and was a time when work on the land stopped and women stopped spinning.

Flowers were put on the spinning wheels to stop their use.

As a nod to Henry VIII, we have created our Tudor Rose flowers from recycled books rather than real flowers


The day before Christmas, Tudor families would also have chosen a large log then decorated it with ribbons to be laid on the hearth. It was then kept alight throughout the twelve days of Christmas (25 December to 5 January).


As in Tudor times, the log and greenery used in this display have been gathered with permission from Ampthill Great Park, and we are grateful to Phil for all his help with this.

So come to the Tree Festival this weekend, see our entry amongst over 40 ‘Trees’ (and maybe cast your vote for ours!) Full details and a link, below:

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Programme of Walks 2023-24

Whilst retaining some of the popular walks, John Hele has introduced some new walks for this year.

PLEASE email ampthillanddistrictps@gmail.com to reserve your place and get more joining information as numbers are always limited.

Tuesday 31st October 2023

Ghost Walk  A town the age of Ampthill seems to have more than its fair share of ghost stories, with more coming to light all the time. Come and hear these stories together with other historical facts about the town


Saturday 11th November 2023

Ampthill in Wartime. The Civil War and both World Wars have had a marked influence on the development of the town. We look at why Ampthill has four war memorials, as well as visiting important buildings in the town that were used for wartime activities.

Please note that this will be a 2 hour walk and we will be walking for approximately 3 miles.


Tuesday 16th January 2024

Ghost Walk.   A town the age of Ampthill seems to have more than its fair share of ghost stories, with more coming to light all the time. Come and hear these stories together with other historical facts about the town


Saturday 20th April 2024

John’s Pub Crawl!  Over the years, there have been at least 22 hostelries in Ampthill. These inns and alehouses have been the mainstay of quenching the thirst of residents and visitors for centuries. Although the Morris Brewery was the main producer of ale for about 130 years, there were many other small brewers in the town. This tour around Ampthill will point out where the hostelries were and how they fitted into the local community. 


Saturday 11th May 2024

St Andrews Church.   The church as it stands today is almost certainly the oldest building in the town, being over 500 years old. Much of Ampthill’s history is contained within its walls and roof. This walk around the church will point out many of these historical features, together with some amusing stories concerning the clashes between Ampthill’s nobility!


Saturday 15th June 2024  

Secret Ampthill.   With any town of the age of Ampthill there are going to be those interesting little features that you probably walk past every day and never notice. This walk explores the town and highlights the hidden gems and why they are there, including the various graveyards in the town


Saturday 20th July 2024

Graveyard Tour.    For its size, Ampthill has one of the largest graveyards in the county. There are some fascinating characters buried there with interesting stories to be told. The tour covers some sad stories together with memorials and graves of the Lords and Ladies with fascinating stories to tell. 


Saturday 7th September 2024

Ampthill’s Origins through the ParkAmpthill Park has had an enormous influence on the town, from prehistoric times to the present day. This walk around the park will highlight a whole range of historical features and why they are there, as well as piecing together how various historical events have contributed to the nation’s historical past

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Ampthill Past Memories Project is awarded an Ampthill Town Council Community Grant

We are pleased to announce that our application for a £500 grant to Ampthill Town Council Community Grant Fund, towards purchase of equipment for the Ampthill Memories Project has been successful subject to the ATC Community Engagement Committee agreeing with our plans for archiving the memories recorded.
Grateful thanks is conveyed to The Ampthill Town Councillors.
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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

 

AGENDA

  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 ampthillanddistrictps@gmail.com

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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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Ampthill Past Project

Would you like to be involved in an exciting new project dedicated to bringing the more recent history of Ampthill alive?

To engage with long-standing residents of Ampthill and around, to collect and record memories of Ampthill Past in the form of stories, photos, interviews, videos etc.

The records will be uploaded and stored on our website initially, and access will be made available to the public through membership.

Through a previous project that we were involved with, we have access to recording equipment and have permission to borrow it.

Those wishing to become involved in this project can help in many ways, e.g., recruiting residents for interviews, interviewing residents, researching topics, writing up memories, transcribing recordings, general help, and admin etc.

All volunteers will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement to ensure privacy is maintained for individuals participating and all records will be centrally maintained.

Get involved now and help to share Ampthill memories for posterity

More details will be available shortly.

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