I’m sorry to say that I’ve just heard about the death of our Chairman, Pete Walker of Brookside. He’ll be missed by everyone who knew him – most of all his family – so rather than being sad can I just ask people to take a minute to remember the pleasure they had in his company.
Sleep tight old mate.
9th December 2014:
Elephant & Castle, Dawley
Graham Bould (GB), Steve Hollins (SH), Bernie Jones, Sallie Lines, John White,
Malcolm Peel, David Smith, Charlie Tranter, Jane Pinter, John Hancock, Alan Scott,
Frances Bould, Jenny Brooker, Jo Havell, Roy Dexter, Shaun Owen.
APOLIGIES: Peter Walker, Andy Burford.
General Introduction by GB about a wide coalition to secure resources and continued interpretation/protection of the Aqueduct as an asset within a new defined Town Park southern boundary , touched upon a meeting with Mick Adams Schools Improvement Specialist at T&W to understand how resources could be secured for continued interpretation; also the need to engage the Museum
SH Presented latest Technical report following structural inspection, open to the floor for general questions regarding report.
CT Question regarding any way leaves in place.
SH Explained that there was no evidence of such!
DS Asked why cables could not be held up with timber supports to allow waterproofing to be carried out without diverting cables.
SH Explained that due to the size and nature of the cables Health & Safety regulations would not allow this to be carried out.
Comment: English Heritage currently working with Madeley School, Could contact be made in order to engage with project.
SH To make contact
Could Technical report be emailed out to all parties SH to send GB
Social Media discussion, how can we start up/add to an existing face book page etc to appeal for Old Photographs and raise awareness to project.
SH to enquire if this can be linked to Councils Website, ask for assistance from Councils PR department with reference to a press release about this meeting.
Frances and Jenny offered to help with Social Media and talk to Peter Walker about the possible link to Friends of Aqueduct Bridge Historical Society face book.
DS offered to deliver letters raising awareness of project.
Question Raised regarding the timescale of the project.
SH Explained that due to the nature of the different funding streams required to deliver the project. It was envisaged the project would be at least a 2 year scheme.
Comment: Enquiries should be made to Natural Architectural Heritage Fund as a possible additional source for funding.
SH is in the process of looking to replace Clare Turner who was leading on the project for TWC. It is hoped that the new project lead will be in position for next meeting in February.
Request made for next meeting to start at 7.30, agreed.
Just a reminder that this beautiful Grade I listed church is open to the public this weekend thanks to the members of The Britannia (Aqueduct) Local History Society – don’t miss it!
This photo (reproduced by kind permission of Mrs Rosemary Perry) dates from about 1955/6. After the annual garden party guests were taken on a ride around the farm – the farmer, Mr Taylor can be seen on the left. On another local history web site it says that Mr Taylor was Mayor of Madeley (Madeley never had a Mayor) – but he may well have been Mayor of Wenlock (the Madeley area used to be part of the old Borough of Wenlock until 1966, when it became part of Dawley Urban District).