January 2017 Newsletter

Dear Member,
 
I write to remind members that our first open meeting of 2017 is this Friday, in the Free Church at 7.30pm as usual, I’m looking forward to hearing Alexa Cox from Huntingdonshire Archives and seeing a new selection of the recently digitised images made by the three Huntingdon photographers, Maddison, Hinde and Whitney who worked in and around Huntingdon over a period of 100 years.
 
As you may have seen in last week’s Hunts Post, The Free Church has started an appeal for £55,000 for essential repairs to the spire of the church. The work is planned to take 10 to 12 weeks and is likely to start in the spring. We want to help with this appeal and initially there will be a collection box available for donations at Friday’s meeting.
 
On Friday you will also be able to take a copy of our new leaflet summarising the work of the Society, it also includes a list of the open meeting talks up to May. If you know anybody who may be interested in joining the Society please encourage them by giving out one of the leaflets.
 
Kind regards
David Stewart,
Chair, Civic Society St. Ives

February 2017 Newsletter

Dear Member,
 
This month’s open meeting is this Friday, 17th February, in the Free Church at 7.30pm as usual. Our speaker will be James Fairbairn of Oxford Archaeology East who will give an illustrated talk on The Excavation of Spitfire X4593 at Holme Fen. This dig was carried out in 2015 and received television coverage at the time.
 
I also remind all members wanting to use Harrison Way after 8.30pm this week or next the Great Ouse river bridge section of the bypass will be closed from the Low Road roundabout northwards. Consequently, from the south, you will be able to get to our Open meeting as normal but will have a long diversion to drive home. One alternative may be to park in the Dolphin Hotel car park. This is a pay on exit car park, £2 coin required.
 
At our meeting in January a collection was held for the Free Church ‘Save our Spire’ appeal. A total of £63.30 was collected and more was donated by Gift Aid. If you wish to contribute to the appeal for repairs to the Spire there are collection points and gift aid forms are also available.
 
Following Huntingdon District Council’s plan to move the Huntingdon Market from the Market Square on to the High Street, it seems from press reports their next target is to move part of St Ives’ Monday Market. Whilst we do not yet know any details the intention is to start using Bridge Street for part of the market. A review will be carried out in St Ives with the plan of removing the road closures, and the need for staff to control vehicles, this will allow the reintroduction of Blue Badge parking on Market Hill. HDC intend to consult Market Traders and retailers.
 
I will be pleased to receive your views on this proposal. 


Kind regards
David Stewart,
Chairman, Civic Society St. Ives

March 2017 Newsletter

Dear All,
 
Our open meeting this month is this Friday 17 March. Our speaker will be Ainslie Bousfield, from House of Flags at Kimbolton, he will speak on the history of flags, especially the history of the Union Flag.

House of Flags are a manufacturer of flags, both national and to customer’s requirements; and all manner of other types of identity developing products.
 
For several years now I have been looking at the proposals for the updating of the street lights in the centre of St Ives. Last summer the proposals for the centre of St Ives were published and I’m pleased to say that last week the lights in Market Hill and The Pavement were converted to new lanterns. Not only have all the existing heritage style black columns either been retained or replaced, one incongruous column, at the corner of Free Church Passage and Market Hill has been replaced by a black one. When I first reported on the proposals there was a lot of uncertainty as to the type of columns to be used, and indeed on the ownership of some of the columns. Now, whilst the ownership of the columns in Broadway has been accepted by the County Council, those seven light alone remain to be updated.
 
One of the features of our Annual Report are the short reports of our open meetings. We are currently seeking a new scribe to write our reports. If this is something you would like to discuss further with me, or you know of anyone who might be interested please contact me, either by replying to this email or on Friday evening.


Kind regards
David Stewart,
Chairman, Civic Society St. Ives