Our AGM 2017 will be held on Saturday 13th May at Wilmslow Public Library, South Drive, SK9 1NW. The meeting will start at 10.00am. Coffee and biscuits will be available from 9.30am, the speaker is yet to be confirmed but there may be a short walk to the restored pond nearby which would have been familiar to Romany when he lived here.
Our 2017 weekend event will be on Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October. This will be in Wilmslow this year- more details will be available here soon.
Outline reports on the 2016 AGM and on 2016 Weekend are available below:
The Romany Society Weekend, Whitby, 21-23 October 2016
Several members attended a very busy weekend visiting many of the sites Romany knew and stayed in the Whitby area.
These included Sandsend, where Romany convalesced in a cottage by the shore, another cottage that Romany bought and where he wrote Out with Romany by the Sea, the various sites where he sited his vardo and Cragg Farm, where George Swalwell (Tim in the books) had lived as a boy and which Romany described in Out with Romany by Meadow and Stream.
A full report on the weekend will appear in the 2016 Romany Magazine, due to be sent to members in January 2017.
AGM Report 14 May 2016
Formal business included elections, minor amendments to the Constitution, discussion of subscription rates, financial reports and events insurance.
A presentation was made to Honorary Life Member Jack Hollinshead, aged 100, known to many members for his accounts of being the sound effects man for the Out with Romany wireless broadcasts in the 1930s and 1940s was given. He spoke of the time he was asked to provide the sound of a corncrake and his efforts with a comb and paper were approved for broadcast!
Following the meeting, this year’s speaker was Professor John Handley OBE, BSc, MSc, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Landscaping and Environmental Planning at the University of Manchester, and a dedicated activist with Transition Wilmslow. Despite a gremlin in the visual works members enjoyed the broad sweep of John’s presentation on landscape evolution ranging from the time of the last glaciation, through the colonisation of woodland, on to the arrival of sphagnum moss and the decline of trees, leaving a raised bog, and onwards to the present day. Wilmslow’s Lindow Moss’s history illustrates the vital need for action to preserve the site , before it is too late.
A full report on the AGM is available in Newsletter 41, sent to members in Autumn 2016.