At our recent members meeting I was asked to provide some information about our current committee members which I’m happy to do here.
Previously Urban Group chair and SCS committee member. Chair of Deeping Sports and Social Club and past chair of Deeping Rangers FC.
Dianne Parkin Secretary
Di has been involved in voluntary work for many years including running charity shops, community projects and holding most officer positions with Lions International.
Martin Lander Treasurer
Martin has been Treasurer and Independent Examiner for a number of local organisations since he arrived in Stamford in 2009, including u3a, Shoestring Theatre, Stamford Chamber Orchestra, South Lincolnshire Dementia Support, as well as two stints with the Civic Society!
Steve Marsh Communications/Media
Steve was a member of the Urban Group and was instrumental in getting Resident Parking permits in Stamford. He is also a member of Kiwanis and Stamford XT who raise funds for local charities and is a trustee for two other charities.
Tim Lee Communications/Media
Tim currently volunteers at the tourist information centre in Cornmarket Theatre. Previous charity positions have been Chair of Chartered Marketing Society in Leicester, Trustee of St. Theresa’s Homeless Centre in Peterborough, Chair of Stamford Chamber of Trade and Trustee of the RAF Association.
Ursula Jones Events
Ursula works with the archivist at Stamford Town Hall and is a member of Stamford Station Adoption Group.
Andrew Beeson Membership
Andrew is a local property developer based in Cobblestone Yard in a building he renovated in 2016 winning a SCS award. He is an RICS building surveyor with a passion for vintage cars and outdoor adventuring.
Paddy Jelen Without Portfolio
Paddy has been with both the Urban Group and Civic Society committee for many years. She has an NHS background and is actively involved with Evergreen support, Sue Ryder, grief befriending and is a member of the Lakeside PPG.
Stuart Burns Burghley representative
Stuart is Head of Building Services for Burghley Estate and previously ran estate management for Durham University. He has volunteered for numerous organisations including RSPCA and RNLI and has been a SCS committee member since 2019.
Yvonne Pini Without Portfolio
Yvonne joined the Urban Group in March 2021 and was responsible for arranging and managing the successful fixing of three new blue plaques in May last year.
Projects and campaigns
We are currently focusing only on St. John’s church due to various issues surrounding St. Martin’s church.
Water Street environmental work
The project is focused on tree work and riverbank work based on expert advice received from Burghley Head Forester and the Environment Agency catchment coordinator.
After almost two years of chasing SKDC I’m delighted to report that the pavement lighting in Horseshoe Lane and both sides of Sheepmarket is finally working. Persistence sometimes works!
The lights were originally installed as part of the Gateway project in 2007 but have not worked for many years.
Bronze Plaque restoration
Partial funding made available by STC, awaiting response from specialist contractor.
Our next campaign will be to increase individual membership both in number, age profile and background.
We will continue to broaden our media exposure through all appropriate media channels and communicate with other voluntary groups.
Our events team led by Ursula have been working extremely hard arranging and managing our Coronation Best Shop Window and children’s Spot the Difference competition.
The response has been excellent with 50 shops participating and the town centre has looked marvellous for residents and visitors alike, a great effort by all involved.
Competition prizegiving will take place in St. Michael’s churchyard at 11am on Saturday 13th May and Shop Window winners are as follows: -
Charity shop: British Heart Foundation
Highly commended: J Dawson, Delcor, J&L Ball Interiors, Stamford Cheese
“To endeavour to make Stamford even more attractive, enjoyable, and distinctive and seek to protect heritage, enhance the urban environment, and promote civic pride.”
The meeting was also a social gathering and an opportunity for members to meet our current committee and enjoy cheese and wine in the process!
Ursula has arranged a talk by Heritage Lincolnshire about the Architectural History of Lincolnshire at 7pm on 15th November in the United Reformed church.
We are also planning a summer event and a repeat of last year’s successful Christmas evening with the auctioneer David Palmer.
All details to follow.
We are also assessing the Lincolnshire County Council “Stamford Transport Strategy” which has recently been publicised.
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