From the Chairman
In spite of the somewhat confusing official Covid-19 announcements impeding our normal lifestyles we have, quite quickly it seems, arrived at ‘Autumn 2021’ which, in addition to the seasonal reference, has a further significance this year in heralding the waning of the pandemic. Following the savage blow Covid-19 has visited upon our activities over the last 18 months, restrictions have thankfully now been largely lifted.
Whilst some mitigation activities have been possible for us over the term, we now need to set about ‘rebuilding’ our organisation.
The role of Treasurer basically involves managing our HSBC Bank Account (income & expenditure) and advising the Trustees in respect of the Society’s financial status together with any risks or opportunities that arise from proposals and forward plans.
Other vacant Committee roles are, in the main, related to sub-groups that are formed to address our wide range of activities and currently this would include team-leaders for ‘Events’ and ‘Market ing/Communications’ positions.
If you feel you (or anyone you know) would like to be part of an affable managing group of mo tivated Stamford Town development lobbyists then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us before our AGM. We very much appreciate your unwavering support for our Society and I hope you will be able to extend that support by assisting us in our post pandemic ‘rebuild’.
Following the AGM we would normally be putting together our Events Programme booklet for Members covering the year ahead but, with the uncertainty still prevailing at a large number of destinations, it has not been possible to obtain arrangement commitments for the full year. This being the case, we will continue to timely communicate details of events in ‘bite size portions’ as we have been doing during the pandemic restrictions. We are very much looking forward to returning to a full year of substantial social gatherings and, in the business area, to addressing the proposed new national planning relaxations in permitted development rights, making the case for full community consultation in all aspects of development in our Town.
9 September 2021: Visit to Flag Fen: Following a highly successful resumption of ‘post-pandemic’ face-to-face events at St Leonard’s Priory at the end of July, Thursday 9 September 2021 saw members and guests gathering in a sun bathed car park at another outdoor location, Flag Fen. Right from the start there was a distinct air of conviviality and the group eagerly assembled in the reception area to meet our guide.
Our next event is the previously referred to AGM on Tuesday 19th. October 2021 at the Town Hall starting at 6pm. In addition to the AGM business, there will be a talk by Robert Loomes , our well known Stamford clock maker plus the usual ‘tasty refreshments’.
In November we will return to our ‘home base’, Browne’s Hospital for a Talk, the details of which are currently being finalised.
Stamford Conservation Area planning matters
On a much wider front, the meticulously prepared (over 5 years) Stamford Neighbourhood Plan, which was the basis of our consented pathway for Stamford’s future development, has been derailed at the final referendum stage by Rutland County Council’s (RCC) decision to reject its own Neighbourhood Plan which was closely linked to Stamford’s in respect of the major development proposed for ‘Stamford North’. We will be carefully following the consequences of this unexpected disruption to the masterplan for Stamford’s long term development agreed between the SKDC and RCC authorities.