Here’s a brief review of our events going back to 2007, to give you a flavour of what you may have missed.
Thursday 4 May: Town Councillor David Taylor, Chairman of Stamford First, spoke about the Stamford Local Plan.. This is important for the future of the town, and it was an excellent opportunity for members to hear about the progress being made.
Thursday 20 April: In his recently published book Simon Jenkins writes that “The medieval cathedral is the most spectacular and lasting accomplishment of the English people.” We are fortunate to have an outstanding example on our doorstep at Peterborough and, on the 20th April, twenty two members of the Society had an informative and enjoyable tour of this great building conducted by two of the Cathedral’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides.
Thursday 16 March: Our annual informal members' meeting round the fire at Browne's Hospital focused on highways issues. Our guest was County Councillor David Brailsford and approximately 40 members attended. The Chairman reported that the committee is seeking a Chairman and Secretary plus new committee members. Volunteers were needed! Martin Lander has taken over the role of Membership Secretary from Melanie Sockett. In future, all talks at Browne’s Hospital will be ticketless. On 4 May, Cllr Taylor will talk at Browne’s about Stamford First’s Local Plan - £3.50 on the door. Members’ interest was sought for August garden outings: Grimsthorpe Castle and Foxtail Lilly’s in Oundle were the favourites. Mike Sockett reported that Peter Stean will update the “Paving The Way” review. (Subsequently, Cllr. Brailsford sent a copy to Highways for their attention.) He suggested at the meeting that members use the LCC website to report any highway faults or call 01522 782070 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday) and not the unreliable “Up My Street”. There followed a Q&A session with County Councillor David Brailsford, which members commented they had found enlightening.
Thursday 16 February: Stuart Orme made a welcome return with a talk entitled "900 Years of an Icon: Peterborough Cathedral, Past, Present and Future." Stuart is Head of Operations at the Cathedral. This was an excellent introduction prior to the Society's visit to the Cathedral in April.
Thursday 17th November: Gil Darby gave another talk. After Wedgwood a couple of years ago, we moved to Meissen, with a talk entitled “A Passion for Porcelain; the Early Days of the Meissen Factory”.
Thursday October 13th: The Society's Annual General meeting and Awards Evening was held at the Town Hall. The Chairman's report, including details of the Awards, the Treasurer's report and the 2015 minutes can be found here.
Tuesday September 20th: A group of 13 members enjoyed a talk and tour of Octavia Hill’s Birthplace in Wisbech. We were welcomed by Peter Clayton, the Chairman of the Octavia Hill Birthplace Trust. The whole operation is run by volunteers; a truly remarkable achievement.
Wednesday 17th August: A group of 25 members enjoyed a conducted tour of Apethorpe Palace, one of England’s greatest country houses. It is now privately owned and English Heritage provided two very knowledgeable tour guides who, over a two hour period, explained the architecture and history of the building to the fascination of all.
Saturday 16 July: Our annual evening event was held at St. Leonard's Priory. Drinks, music, the attendance of local artist Karen Neale and reasonable weather all ensured a successful evening. We were delighted to welcome residents from the Priory Nursing home and their carers. The Society's new note cards were on sale.
Thursday 9th June: members enjoyed a private evening tour of Browne’s Hospital, followed by coffee and cakes. The weather cooperated to make it an even better event!
Thursday 2nd June: Professor Alan Short, the Professor of Architecture at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Clare Hall gave a fascinating talk.
Wednesday April 13th: Our annual members' meeting was held at Browne's Hospital. This is an opportunity to chat informally about the Society, and we were delighted to see over 60 members there. The Chairman reported on:
- Two new co-opted committee members (Jean Bevan and David Lankester)
- Stamford First Project.
- Kier Living development update.
- Society reserves of approx. £8,000 – no large project would be sanctioned without members’ agreement.
- Current confused position about the status of the Museum Store.
- Did members have any ideas for the Awards’ Evening [plus AGM] on October 13th?
- The print of St Leonard’s Priory kindly donated by member Dave Baxter was shown.
- Town improvement projects eg Sensory Garden and benches on Water Street
- Peter Heyes’ lead on greening projects.
- Planned refurbishment of St Michael’s Churchyard.
- The Group’s help to replace the four bronze plaques that have gone missing.
- Installation of four new lights on the Town Bridge later in 2016, plus the lighting upgrade in Red Lion Square, done with the Group’s help.
Melanie Sockett reported on upcoming events and talks for members, and mentioned the launch of the greeting card sets, hopefully at the St Leonard’s Priory event in July.
Peter Stevens reported on his work on the Bastion Project, Phase 2:
- He explained that he had found 4 quotes for the restoration of the Bastion and had contacted Historic England and Hirst Conservation.
- The Chairman explained that the Society could not resource it (it is owned by SKDC) but could consider “seed funding” it. The general feel of the meeting was that this would be an acceptable use of Society funds.
- Pleased to see improvement over the last year to Cheyne Lane and thanks to Cllr Dawson for the statue of Hermes.
- Re: The Bastion Project: St Peter’s Community Group would be prepared to give a modest donation towards any work, and would continue to keep the area tidy, for which the Society was very thankful.
- Graffiti exercised the minds of several members. Cllr. Taylor would try to tackle this.
- More benches were needed in the town centre.
- Cllr. Taylor spoke about Stamford First and reiterated that Society members would be involved with the Heritage & Environment Topic Group, to be chaired by David Pennell.
- A possible development at Hudd’s Mill and a plan for 1,000 new houses in Borderville were mentioned and a watching brief would be kept.
- The balance of talks and visits was considered to be okay. A visit to Wothorpe Towers was suggested.
- The suggestion of the building of a super-surgery by Lakeside on Stamford Hospital land was mentioned. The Fever Wards there were listed but could not be used by the Hospital as their condition was inadequate.
- With the increase of the population of the town, it was suggested that Stamford Museum could be re-opened. It was agreed that the main concern was to ensure that the objects in the Museum Store were kept together.
Wednesday February 24th: Lionel Wall gave a highly entertaining talk about the English Church from the Romans to the Reformation.
Wednesday November 4th: A talk by the Front of House Manager of John Clare's Cottage, David Dykes on the Life of John Clare.
Thursday October 15th: The 2015 AGM was held at the Town Hall. About 70 members attended' unfortunately, our President, Orlando Roack was unable to attend, because of a last-minute work commitment.
Saturday June 20th: Our annual St Leonard's Priory event took place. Members and guests braved the damp weather to celebrate both Midsummer and the Society’s work to rescue and conserve St Leonard’s Priory. This beautiful and ancient building is the sole remnant of a Norman period structure in Stamford. We were delighted to meet new members and people living near the Priory, who came along to explore the atmospheric site and find out more about the Society.
Tuesday June 2nd: a private visit to Island Hall, Godmanchester. Even on such a blustery day as our visit Island Hall, situated in the heart of Godmanchester on the banks of the River Great Ouse, looked charming. It is an elegant red brick, early-Georgian mansion, built in classical style in 1749 for John Jackson Esq., Receiver General for Huntingdonshire. The three-storey central part is flanked by two-storey wings, and both river and street frontage are identical. In 1804 the property and estate was purchased by the family of our hosts for the visit – Christopher and Lady Linda Vane Percy.
Island Hall was much altered and damaged during and after WWII, including by a fire in 1977. The property came back into the family when the Vane Percys purchased it in 1983. The house and garden today have been lovingly restored to the eighteenth century design and family heirlooms and portraits decorate the rooms. Gardens enclosed by 18th century brick walls are connected by a Chinese-style bridge to the island in the River Great Ouse from which the house takes its name.
Tuesday May 26th: Open garden in Stamford – Peter Heyes opened his garden for us. About 50 members attended on a beautiful early summer evening that was so much better than what had been promised by the weather forecast. A collection on the evening for the charity of Peter's choice raised £300.
Thursday April 23rd: Stuart Orme spoke to an almost full house on “Georgian Peterborough”.
Members' meeting March 11th
About 45 members attended; we sat round the fire, and following an introduction summarising some of the things we are doing, the planning sub-committee consisting of John Smith, James Heesom and David Healey was introduced. John summarised the work the sub-committee carries out on behalf of the executive committee. Following that, we discussed a number of issues/suggestions. Among these were:
1. Annual review: should it be A5 or A4? Next year, we will include a membership form in the hope that you will show the review to your friends and persuade them to join the Society.
2. Newsletter: from the next issue, brief mention will be made of any planning responses of significant interest.
3. A group of Canadians is making a visit to Stamford on Tuesday July 21st; any volunteers to help show them round the town for an hour or so in the morning, please contact us. Our thanks to the people who volunteered at the meeting – we will be in touch with more information nearer the time.
4. Martin Grimes is stepping down as Treasurer at the next AGM; please let us know if you are interested in taking over. Martin will help with the items that may not be familiar, such as the annual return and managing gift aid, while a new person gets up to speed.
5. Help in general. We are looking for volunteers from members who would like to help either with projects or visit/talk planning. Please contact us if you are interested.
6. The Bastion. Peter Stevens reported work was complete on the outside; we are talking to English Heritage about the interior of the walls.
7. The southern entrance to the town – the verges are a mess because of cars parking there. We are looking for solutions.
8. A request was made that we look at the state of Cheyne Lane. This has been passed to the planning sub-committee.
Thursday February 19th: recent Civic Society Award winner, David Ellis gave an illustrated talk on “My Life as a Collyweston Slater” from apprentice to master slater. Members were amazed at some of the working conditions shown in his slides - total disregard for modern health and safety standards.
Thursday November 27th: David Pennell, the Estate Director for the Burghley Estate spoke to a packed house about the the day to day issues and intricacies of looking after the Estate's properties in Stamford.
Thursday 23rd October: “Bless and Tell” - a talk by Civic Society Member, Canon Donald Gray. Donald was involved at Westminster Abbey for many years, and spoke about the history of the institution and his time there, to a full house at Browne's Hospital.
Thursday October 9th: Civic Society AGM and Awards evening at the Town Hall. The Minutes of the 2013 AGM and the March 2014 SGM were passed. During the Chairman's report, New College students showed clips from their videos about the sundial project. After the formal part of the evening, the Society's 2014 Awards were presented by Orlando Rock, our President. Award details and a picture are here.
Saturday 21st June: Midsummer’s Eve at St Leonard’s Priory
In the beautiful setting of St Leonard’s Priory members and their guests enjoyed a memorable midsummer’s evening which celebrated the work the Society has done to restore and maintain this important medieval building. The weather was, for once, splendid. As the evening drew towards the close over 60 people packed into the Priory building to attend Compline, the order for night prayer, led by Canon Donald Gray.
Compline is the final church service of the day for many monastic orders, and emphasised spiritual peace after the working day. St Leonard’s Priory followed the Rule of St Benedict and this service would have been one of the important Offices of the day.
For the first time in hundreds of years the Priory resounded to the evocative chants of a choir – or schola – which was led by the cantor, Reverend Gavin Cooper, parish priest of St Mary and St Martin. The singers, who were members of the choir for these churches, enabled the audience to experience the beautiful choral tradition of the monastic way of life.
Friday June 13th : A day in Kings Lynn. Dr Paul Richards, our Blue Badge guide, gave a fascinating and fact-packed insight into the history of King’s Lynn – from its early settlement, built on spoil from Anglo-Saxon salt-making, to its gentle decline with the coming of the railways.
King’s Lynn was England’s most important port in the 14th century and retains many historic buildings which reflect its seafaring activities. We visited the 15th century Hanse House, a former warehouse of the Hanseactic League, and St George’s Guildhall, the most complete and largest surviving guildhall in the country. Even the minster church of St Margaret demonstrates the importance of the sea to the town with its moon clock showing the phases of the moon and also the next high and low tide.
Our afternoon visit to Clifton House, the most complete medieval merchant's house in England, was hosted by its owner, Dr Simon Thurley, historian and Chief Executive of English Heritage. He gave us a wonderful tour, which illustrated the various historic features of the house and emphasised the wealth of the merchants who built it. Following a climb to the top of the five-storey Elizabethan tower we enjoyed tea and cakes in the garden. A splendid day out!
Wednesday 21st May: Visit to Oakham Castle – organized by the Friends of Rutland County Museum and Oakham Castle. The weather was perfect, and about 30 people had a very pleasant afternoon. The Castle's ex-curator showed the party round.
Thursday 10th April: Rachel Morley's talk, "The Stones of Stamford" was given by Elizabeth Hirst, the founder of Hirst Conservation. It ranged over the types of local stone, how damage occurs and what can be done to repair/renovate damaged stone. Note that the May newsletter has some extra comments from Rachel about the questions that were asked.
Thursday 20th March: Dave Gamston from York spoke on “Historic Pub Interiors: a Conservation Issue”. Dave is a member of CAMRA, and few of us realised how much they are involved in Conservation.
Wednesday 5th March: Members' meeting and Special General Meeting
A Special General Meeting to approve the Society's revised constitution was held on Wednesday March 5th at 7.30 pm at Browne's Hospital. The revised constitution was approved, and can be seen here.
The Special General Meeting was followed by an informal members’ meeting round the fire, in the same style as that held in 2013. Members discussed a number of issues, including:
- Redesigned Planter, High Street – only one tree and smaller planter preferred
- Poor state of St Michael’s Cemetery – Urban Group will contact Skells Trust
- Bastion joint project (Civic Society/Urban Group) – agreed by members
- New lighting, Red Lion Square – agreed would prefer Skells Trust to pay
- Blank wall near New Look – agreed they are interested in Peter Stean’s project
- Other activities in Red Lion Square (like artists on Fridays) to be encouraged
- New seats in Red Lion Square would be acceptable
- Appreciative murmurs re free Annual Review booklet
- Cornmarket Arches (outside Browne’s Hospital 1833-59) project – some interest shown by members
- Agreed would like Society to explore partial funding for Stamford Community Orchard Group’s desire to improve the railway station
- Pleased to hear Civic Society working to improve Fryers’ Callis
- GMG to contact Ian Wright as concerns raised re colour of Saffron Lounge restaurant and their potential mis/use of the undercroft.
- Pleased that Moshulu paint colour to be changed by Civic Society pressure
- Members did not want communications from anyone other than the committee
- But agreed they could be asked via newsletter if they would like contact to be made
- All issues re pavements – they agreed to pass on to Peter Stean via Society’s secretary. Improving the pavements in the High Street would be appreciated.
- Members want to continue to have an annual Members’ Meeting
On Wednesday 15th January, Dr Jocelyn Chatterton spoke about “Life in Qing Dynasty China – Emperors, Concubines and Eunuchs”. Jocelyn lectures at SOAS and SEAS (in Sheffield) and gave us a fascinating insight into court life during the closing stages of this dynasty.
On Thursday 13th February: Gil Darby gave her third talk to the Society on “Josiah Wedgwood - “Vase Maker General to the Universe”to a close to capacity audience at Browne's Hospital. We are now discussing a visit to the Wedgwood Museum in stoke.
Wednesday 6 November a private visit to the refurbished Peterborough Museum. About 20 members met for a glass of wine, followed by a guided tour round the recently refurbished museum. We had the museum to ourselves, an excellent guide and were able to take the visit at a comfortable pace for everyone.
Thursday 3 October AGM. The AGM was held in the Town Hall. All resolutions were passed. Our speaker this year was Nick Boles, who is not only the Member of Parliament for Grantham and Stamford, but also the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning. Nick gave an entertaining talk and a lively discussion followed.
Saturday and Sunday 14 and 15 September were the Stamford Civic Society Heritage Open Days. This year the program was about material matters, including visits to Stamford's Churches, walks round the town looking at the stone used as building material and an exhibition of Colleyweston slate.
On Thursday 5 September, members visited Milton Hall, near Peterborough. Milton Hall dates from 1594, being the historical home of the Fitzwilliam family. Our tour guide gave us an enthralling, informative and amusing commentary on the history of the house and the family. The last alterations to the house were made in the late eighteenth century and externally it presents an attractive combination of Tudor architecture on the north front and early Georgian on the south. The weather made a walk in the gardens a perfect end to the visit.
On Thursday 11 July, about 85 members toured open Gardens around St George’s Square and St Mary’s. The weather was perfect, and the gardens were fascinating - and very different. The evening finished with drinks at the Arts Centre. We are giving the major part of the profits to the Stamford Street Pastors.
On Tuesday 18 June, 23 members of the Society were given a tour of the private quarters of Burghley House. We were greeted by Mr and Mrs Rock and their youngest daughter and also by the House archivist and historian, John Culverhouse. For the next two hours Orlando Rock, President of the Society, showed us the sumptuous yet at the same time informal private living rooms of the house and the remarkable treasures contained within them. He and John Culverhouse kept up an informed and fascinating commentary. At the conclusion of the evening wines and snacks were served on the lawns courtesy of our President and Mrs Rock.
As a small gesture of appreciation for their hospitality the Society has made a donation to the Histiocytosis Research Trust
On Saturday 11 May, nearly 70 people enjoyed a coffee morning at St Leonard’s Priory. The Society looks after the site of St. Leonard’s Priory and has improved it over the years by installing an information board and planting many spring bulbs and a Mulberry tree. Canon Donald Gray performed a brief dedication service for the tree.
On Thursday 11 April about 40 people enjoyed a tour and talk at Tolethorpe Hall, at the perfect time of year to visit Tolethorpe; everything is ready for the new season, there are lambs in the fields and the blossom is out.
On Wednesday 6 March, we held a members’ meeting to give members a more informal occasion to hear about the work and plans of the Society than is possible at the Annual General Meeting. We also asked for feedback on issues that you think are important for the Society to address. About 50 members attended, and heard about plans for the Newsletter and Journal, as well as the Sundial project, coming events, the Urban Group and the QR code project.
On Wednesday February 27th, Dr. Frank King, Chairman of the Sundial Society spoke on “Sundials and the history of reckoning time”. The talk described how Sundials work and explained how different designs have been used to indicate different kinds of time.
On Wednesday January 30th, Stephen Alford made a welcome return to talk about his latest book, “The Watchers - A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I”, exploring the murky world of espionage at the Elizabethan court, focussing on the men prepared to destroy or defend their queen.
Our Autumn talk at Browne’s Hospital was a return visit by Stuart Orme, talking about the Civil War in this area. A full house enjoyed a fascinating account of the effects of the war on this area, including the “Siege of Burghley”
The 2012 AGM was held on the 12th October, and was followed by a party to celebrate the efforts of those involved with the Society over the years.
In early September, the Society took part in the country-wide Heritage Day; details here.
A small group visited Southwell Minster on Saturday May 19th, and in spite of the weather had a highly enjoyable day.
On Saturday 7 April, we held a coffee morning at St. Leonard’s Priory, to see the display of spring bulbs planted to enhance the Priory site. This proved popular, and we hope to make it a regular event, possibly changing the time of year to see the Priory as the seasons change.
In March, Dai Morgan Evans, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Chester, spoke on “'From Great Casterton to Reality Television”.
At the end of February. Stephen Alford, Fellow in History at King’s College, Cambridge, talked on “William Cecil and Stamford”. A full house heard him describe Cecil’s involvement with Stamford. Copies of his recent bool were on sale afterwards.
Our second Arts Centre talk was by Christopher Lewis, the ex-executive producer of the Antiques Road Show who gave a highly entertaining talk entitled “A warm fire, a cup of tea and the Antiques Road Show”
Crispin Truman, Chief Executive of the Churches Conservation Trust delivered the first of our lectures at the Arts Centre on “The Churches Conservation Trust, protecting historic churches at risk.”
After her wonderful talk at Burghley in November 2010, we asked Gil Darby to talk again in 2011. This time, she spoke about Twentieth Century Jewellery to a packed meeting at Browne’s Hospital.
On October 24th, the Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham hosted a drinks party for members with the artist Peter Ashley who has produced a stunning Stamford capriccio in attendance to give a short talk about his work and promote the print. A significant part of the proceeds from print sales will go to the Civic Society.
The combined 2011 AGM and Awards evening was held in October.
A coach visit on September 8th to Newark proved memorable, with many people surprised at the wonderful Georgian buildings in the town. Members were shown around by Blue Badge Guides.
On July 19th, about 35 members enjoyed a private tour of Elton Hall, near Peterborough. Thanks to a tremendous thundery downpour we were not able to venture into the gardens, but members did enjoy looking at the furniture, paintings, silver and china in the house.
The end of June saw Civic Day, organised nationwide by Civic Voice. To celebrate, we arranged a debate at the Town Hall. In addition, children from Malcolm Sergeant’s school put together a quiz about Stamford; this was published in the Mercury on the 24th June.
Our first outing of 2011 was a full day visit to Ely on May 31, where Philip Dixon, the consultant archaeologist at the Cathedral gave us a talk and a guided tour of the Cathedral.
On March 22nd, we had a talk by Stuart Orme, Historic Interpretation Manager at Peterborough museum, on Norman Cross, the first British POW camp. About 50 members heard Stuart’s fascinating and beautifully illustrated talk.
On Tuesday November 23rd, one of our committee members, Gil Darby spoke on “Porcelain East to West: China to Burghley". The talk was given at Burghley in the Great Hall, and some of the porcelain that she was discussing was on show at the meeting. Afterwards, we had drinks in the Brewhouse, to end what was a delightful evening.
On Wednesday 20th October, we had a joint talk with the Men of the Stones . John Smith spoke on "Baroque Reinstated; neo baroque and classical architecture in the early twentieth century."
The 2010 AGM was on October 7th, at the Town Hall,, and was well attended. The speaker was Tony Burton, Director of Civic Voice, who explained the role of Civic Voice, which is the organisation that has replaced the Civic Trust.
In August, about 30 members visited Oundle, where we were shown round the town by a Blue Badge Guide.
On Thursday July 22nd, six gardens in Barn Hill were open. We did of course choose the one evening in a long time when it rained, but in spite of that, the gardens looked wonderful, and everybody enjoyed themselves. Our thanks to all those who opened their gardens for us.
Our Awards this year were a little different; we had a ‘Views Of The Future Competition’ for young people that aimed to encourage them to think creatively about and influence the future of the town. We asked the children to present their ideas about what they think Stamford might look like in the future and submit either a piece of artwork or a piece of writing. More information can be found on our Awards page.
On Tuesday June 1st a coach load of members visited Lincoln Cathedral, for a talk and guided tours by Dr Philip Dickson, the architectural advisor to several Cathedrals, including Lincoln.
On Wednesday June 16th, we visited Peter Heyes’ garden. Peter does a tremendous amount of planting round the town and this was a chance to see his own wonderful garden. All proceeds from this evening, amounting to about £200 went to the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust.
In April 2010, we were delighted to welcome Elizabeth Inman, the Director of the Burghley Horse Trials, to talk about 50 years of three day eventing at Burghley. We were all fascinated, both by the details on the horses and the incredible amount of organisation and planning that goes into each year’s event.
On December 3rd, Professor Alan Rogers gave a talk titled “New light on the founding of Browne’s Hospital”.
In November, David Lee gave a fascinating talk on “The Tolethorpe Year” and the staging of the Summer Season there. It made us all look forward to the 2010 season.
The 2009 AGM was held on October 1st in the Town Hall. Our guest speaker was Desmond FitzGerald, Knight of Glin and Executive Director of the Irish Georgian Society, who came over from Ireland for the occasion. He spoke on the history of Irish Gardens.
9th June saw about 18 members paying a memorable visit to Uppingham School. We saw how the school had evolved from some of its oldest buildings, to interesting modern designs and even the building site that within a year will be new sports and science blocks.
On May 20th we returned to the ‘Eco House’ at the Walled Garden, Barnsdale. The weather was reasonably kind and members saw the spring flowers in all their glory, getting a very different view of the gardens from our previous visit.
On 17th March, we had a Guided tour of Peterborough Cathedral, followed by evensong for those who wished to attend. About 30 people went on the visit .
Our first event in 2009 was the 2009 Civic Society Awards Ceremony – to recognize high standards of design and craftsmanship in Stamford. This was a social evening, with lots of time to talk to other members over a glass of wine and light refreshments.
In November 2008, Wolfgang Buttress, the artist involved with the the Gateway Project talked to an audience of over 60 at Browne’s Hospital. This was followed by a question and answer session. It was a fascinating insight in to how the Project was designed.
The 2008 AGM on September 18th was well attended, and the members thoroughly enjoyed a talk by Crispin Kelly a builder and architect on his views regarding how modern houses should be designed.
The first of our 2008 summer events was a visit to the village of Irnham, where members enjoyed a tour of the Church and a visit to Irnham Hall. The second event in August was very different - a visit to the Eco house being built at Barnsdale, in a wonderful walled garden. Fortunately, the rain stopped just enough for this visit to be possible; we are returning to see the garden again in the Spring of 2009.
Our 2008 Spring talk was given by our President, Orlando Rock, in the Great Hall at Burghley. The talk’s title was “The Sale that never was”, about Dumfries House, a conservation success story.
Our Autumn lecture was given by Charles Crawford, a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer. Titled “Developments and Special Places: A study of two towns”, it compared developments in Stamford with Freiburg in Germany. About 50 people attended, and from the buzz of conversation afterwards, the talk was both enjoyable and thought-provoking.
The 2007 AGM was held on Thursday 27th September in the Town Hall, and was attended by about 50 members. The guest speaker was Peter Neal, Head of Public Space at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the first Urban Conservation Area in the country in Stamford, the Society arranged a series of lectures in the Arts Centre during 2007
Lady Victoria Leatham talked about 25 years of conservation at Burghley.
Quinlan Terry, one of the country's most distinguished architects - How to construct a stone building which will last for centuries
Clive Aslet, Editor at Large for Country Life - Some Landmarks of Britain Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage - Goodbye England - does anyone out there care?
The last of the 40 years celebration talks was given by our retiring Chairman, John Plumb.
September 8th and 9th was Heritage weekend, celebrated throughout the UK and Europe. To mark this, we arranged two walks on the 9th September, which were enjoyed by about 20 people, one celebrating William Stuckley’s Stamford and the other Medieval Stamford.
On 16th August, a group of members visited Ayscoughfee Hall, Spalding. Lottery money in rural Lincolnshire has helped to restore this impressive late fifteenth century building, now the local museum and formal gardens.