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Dear All,

Last month I wrote that on Saturday, 24 June the Free Church is opening its doors to an exhibition at which the Civic Society, together with all the other users of the Free Church, have been invited to exhibit. I'm pleased to report there has been a very good response from the users of the Free Church. Please make a note and come along to see the wide variety of activities and interests that are encompassed by the societies and organisations that meet in the Free Church. The Free Church, and organisations interested in nature, volunteering, support, special interest groups and education will all be represented.

We will be there and plan to show a small selection of the work we have recently been involved in, as we work to fulfil our Legacy Statement: That future generations will be able to recognise the historic character and heritage of our town, despite the inevitable changes that happen down the years.

The exhibition will open at 10am and run until 4pm.

More information is available from the Facebook link at  https://goo.gl/c4xiXZ and also on the Church Web page http://www.stivesfreechurch.org

Kind regards

 
David Stewart,
 
Chairman, Civic Society St. Ives
 
 

Dear All,

A reminder and an announcement this month: Our last open meeting of the 2016-17 season is on Friday, 19 May at 7:30pm in the Free Church. Our speaker will be Mike Petty, he will speak on Cambridge Market, It's History and Future?? Mike Petty MBE is a writer, broadcaster, local historian and formerly Local Studies Librarian at the Cambridge Central Library. Many of you may know of him from his writings in the Cambridge newspaper. I look forward to seeing you there.

The announcement is that on Saturday, 24 June the Free Church is opening its doors to an exhibition at which the Civic Society, together with all the other users of the Free Church, have been invited to exhibit. We will be there and plan to show a small selection of the work we have recently been involved in, as we work to fulfil our Legacy Statement: That future generations will be able to recognise the historic character and heritage of our town, despite the inevitable changes that happen down the years. The exhibition will open at 10am and run until 4pm. I will send out more details nearer the time.

Meanwhile, I hope you all have a very pleasant summer, out and about in St Ives.
 
Kind regards
 
David Stewart,
 
Chairman, Civic Society St. Ives
 
 
 
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