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Dear All,
 
Our open meeting this month is Friday 21 April. As advised last Monday our speaker is now to be Sue Knight who will talk on Holmewood Hall - Its History and Surroundings.
 
Holmewood Hall is a grand Victorian country house in Holme, until recently a conference and event venue, the site has a fascinating history from the 17th Century through to WW2. Before Whittlesey Mere was drained it was close to the mere.
 
This is a change from the advertised speaker, Jed Jaggard, who we plan to invite for our September meeting.
 
As you know we meet in the Free Church in St Ives, the Church is planning an Exhibition of Groups using the Free Church on Saturday 24th June, from 10am to 4pm. We intend to have a stand at the exhibition, and of course we shall be pleased to meet you there during the day. The Free Church are also seeking to understand the profile of the Free Church in St Ives and the surrounding areas, and how the building can best be used for the community. They have an on-line survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/S3DXDNS and will be pleased to have as many people as possible complete the survey.
 
In some ways on a similar theme, the Town Council has an additional website aiming to gather together news of the various activities of the council into one place. This is at 

http://flow.stivestowncouncil.gov.uk/what-is-flow/

Early days yet, it's less than a month since launch, but the site is already showing its potential to grow and become very useful.

 

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

 

 
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either been retained or replaced, one incongruous column, at the corner of Free Church Passage and Market Hill has been replaced by a black one.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

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