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Minutes of the Ecclesfield Conservation Group meeting of 2012-06-26 (Tuesday) at 19:30 in the Stocks

[This document was last amended on 2012-07-10. If there are any comments or corrections, please Email JP on jim AT ...]


[a] John Ellis (JE)   chaired the meeting.

[b] 9 people signed into the meeting including JE, LQ, RT, KM, PB, JP, SP, MM, JH. In addition we welcomed Tegwen Roberts from EPIP. NB joined us for part of the meeting, and AH joined us later. ID, JJ, MJ, and KF, sent their apologies. A total of 33 people currently receive emailed agendas and minutes.

Ongoing matters, or "things still to be done"

[z] The next meeting of the Conservation Group will be on Monday 2012-07-16 at 19:30 in the Stocks.

[1] MM said that She was not free to take up the post of treasurer until September, and it was accepted that we would continue with our interim arrangements until then.

JE said that although he had given Sheffield's Northern Community Assembly our bank details, the grant for the Torch Party had not yet arrived in our account. It was however, still hoped that the event would break even eventually. JE said that he had paid £50 for our stand at the Gala (£25 of which was expected to come back to us from in-Bloom). JE asked whether we were still happy to take part in the Gala [on 2nd September], and the meeting agreed. JE add that in spite of this we did need to raise further funds. Possibilities discussed included whether we could again sell Mel & Joan's books; and whether SH was going to do one of her very successful quizzes at the Gala.

[3] JE reported on our successful application to EPIP for funding for two industrial heritage boards, and industrial heritage trail. He said that he was arranging an on-site "walk about" with Paul Tankard of SCC to check locations, and ensure that underground pipes etc. are avoided. PB questioned how the trail would encompass the existing board as well as the two new ones, and there was some discussion of how best to provide something which walkers could conveniently handle. Tegwen said that if it was the right solution, the two leaflets proposed could be combined into one large one, to give room on the back for a large map - even if this had cost implications. There were again questions about historical sites which no longer existed, and about sites which did exist, but which were not visible, from public access points, including Ecclesfield Dam. A meeting, was suggested, including Mel and Joan Jones, and JE who is organising the project. If anybody has any information or suggestions please get in touch with the Conservation Group on . Tegwen added that although funding for industrial heritage was ending, there was still some funding available for Rural Heritage.

Tegwen also described the summer school of 4 workshops which EPIP¬ has arranged with the Council for British archaeology, and Grenoside Conservation Group. This includes sessions showing how groups can use the new local list system to protect heritage sites in their own area, as well as visits to industrial heritage sites in Grenoside, including one which is privately owned and not always available.

Finally, members thanked Tegwen for her photograph and excellent description of Ecclesfield Conservation Group's first heritage board at industrial-heritage.epip.org.uk/projects/Ecclesfield Interpretation Project.php, and JE thanked her for coming to this meeting.

Completed matters or "things we have now done"

[c] The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted for publication. [A copy of these can now be found at... http://conservation.ecclesfieldgroups.com/minutes/2012-05-21.minutes.html -JP]

[2] JE commended Angela Marsden for the huge amount of work She had done in organising the Picnic in the Park on 4th June. Daniel thanked us for our participation, and said that the event had actually made a profit, which he said would be put towards the next event. [See "3/...Ecclesfield park had a giant picnic"]

JE said that yesterday's Olympic Torch Celebrations had made for a "fantastic day". It was a unique event, with the turnout in Ecclesfield reported as being from 5,000 to 7,000 people, and it looked as if both "The Stocks" and "The Black Bull" did well, with it being almost impossible to get into The Stocks for the crowds. NB said that the key to that may have been advertising. Hallam FM, mentioned the event in Ecclesfield repeatedly, the day before, and the PostCode Gazette ran more than one article on it. The event included a possible bouncy castle for children, Shad Ellis, a "dead ringer" for "Will Smith", complete with the dark glasses and the movements, other live music, and a barbeque that went on until eight O'clock in the evening. MM said that it was an opportunity to catch up on lots of people that she had not seen for a long time. Some of the acts performed for free, and McMillan had a stall at the event and might contribute, so JE thought the event might break even at £776. NB said that just about all the invoices were now available, and JE thanked her for suggesting and organising the party. NB requested that people with photographs link them to The Stocks Facebook¬ page. [ There is lots of other news about the Torch on www.ecclesfieldgroups.com, or click this link to see the Olympic Torch going through Ecclesfield - JP]

[x] All the planning applications listed in the Agenda were examined.

Some concern was expressed at the increasingly extensive developments at Smithy Wood, and in particular in the large amount of contaminated material thought to have been buried on the site. KM thought that trees were slow to re-grow, and JP suggested that there should be a large number of small, filled holes on the site, to show where contamination had been investigated as part of the application to approve the decontamination work.

The meeting was pleased to hear that the planning application for a canopy in the newly cleared part of Ecclesfield Park had gone through.

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