CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 2016

     At the AGM in May two society members were elected to our committee.Another year has passed and I find myself at the end of my sixth year as Chairman.It is due to the dedicated work and goodwill of the present committee, and members continuing to support us, that the year has been a success.For a number of years I have asked members to become committee members so that a new generation can be in place to continue our society’s good work.  This year two of the committee, Tom and Diane Makepeace, are standing down. They need to be replaced.  The remaining members are willing to stand for another term, however, if replacements are not found the future of the FCDHS is under threat. In the past many history societies have closed because no one has been willing to take office

    The Association of Northumberland Local History Societies (ANLHS) at an EGM in April voted to dissolve at their AGM in November after fifty years. This will mean the end of the magazine Tyne and Tweed.  Round the County will finish after the one being held by Whickham Local History Society in June.     The programme for 2016/17 is completed.  I expect the next season of talks to continue to provide a wide selection of talks and I hope members will enjoy the variety.  We are dependent to a large extent by the Speaker’s List produced by ANLHS, with its demise finding speakers will be more challenging.  If you come across any that you feel we would be interested in please let our Secretary know either in person or by email. We were successful in a bid for funds to Newcastle Council which we spent mainly on secretarial materials.  Thanks to David Faulkner for his support; he has also joined us as a member. Once again I thank members for the support they given us by regularly coming to meetings, paying annual subscriptions and supplying raffle prizes.  I would particularly mention those who assist at “tea time”. Our web site continues to bring new members as well as queries about the talks the society is able to give.  It is updated as required.  Do take a look at it.

    We continue to meet St Clement’s Court and I thank Anchor Housing for providing such a comfortable environment. 

    Peter Nicol

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    Chairman’s Report 2015

    This the end of my fifth year as chairman of our society.  Despite the economic climate we stay in good condition financially so we do not intend to raise membership fees.   In order to reduce costs we intend to become more ‘electronic’, therefore, we would like members to give us the means to do this, i.e. by providing email addresses and mobile numbers.  
    Costs, however, particularly Speakers’ fees, keep on rising, therefore, free talks that are given by members will continue.  At the moment these have been undertaken by committee members, however, if anyone has a subject that you think would create a talk please discuss it with us.  You can create and present it if you wish, otherwise, with your information, committee members would undertake it. I think we have provided a varied programme this last year.  The programme for 2015/16 is completed and looks very interesting.   I hope you enjoy it.  It can be seen on our website.The present committee will continue although roles are changing from October.  Jim Hix is retiring as Treasurer after ??years.  

    Pat Hix is moving from Secretary to Treasurer.  My wife, Ann Marie, will be Secretary.  All other committee
    members will continue in there present roles. Peter Byrne has expressed a wish to step down as Vice-Chair, therefore, if you are willing to be nominated please contact Pat before the AGM. In the future we need member to be willing to take over as committee members so that a new generation can be in place to continue our society’s good work.  In the past many history societies have closed because no one has been willing to take office.
    I am grateful for the support that members have given us by regularly coming to meetings, paying annual subscriptions, supplying raffle prizes and assisting at  ‘tea time’.
    Our web site  www.fawdoncoxlodgehistory.org  continues to bring in new members as well as queries about the talks the society is able to give.  Updates, such as, programme changes are undertaken as required.  It is worth visiting at regular intervals.
    We continue to support the Association of Northumberland Local History Societies (ANLHS) attending their AGM and annual “Round the County” gathering.   Members attended a meeting in February and enjoyed a talk by Dr Liz O’Donnell on Stannington Sanatorium

    We continue to meet at the local and comfortable venue of St Clement’s Court and thank them for the use of their facilities.

    Peter Nicol Chairman

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    Chairman’s Report 2014

    Another year has passed and I find myself at the end of my fourth year as Chairman.It is due to the dedicated work and goodwill of the present committee, and
    members continuing to support us, that the year has been a success.
    Once again we have had a variety of speakers; some good, some not so good and a
    number excellent.  We maintain our policy of offering a wide selection of talks and I hope members have enjoyed the variety. 
    The economic climate continues to make finances a challenge and with the recent
    need to buy some equipment it is inevitable that we will need to make some
    small adjustments to fees.  
    In April I gave a short “Talk and Tell” on a shop frontage hidden for 50 years.
    If members have a subject that they think may give three minutes, or so, of
    interest please talk to me or Pat.  Free talks continue to be undertaken by committee members, however,
     if you have a subject that you think would make a main talk discuss it with us. 
    Last year I asked members to think about becoming committee members so that a new
    generation can be in place to continue our society’s good work.  I had no response to this.  
    The present members are willing to stand for another term, however,
     several feel they will need to resign by the next AGM.  In the
    past many history societies have closed because no one has been willing to take
    office so I urge you to come forward

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    Chairman’s Report  May 2013

    This is the end of my third year as chairman of our society.  Whilst the present economic climate makes it

    difficult for local history societies we continue to flourish.  However, we only continue to do so because of
    the dedicated work and goodwill of the present committee.  Once again my thanks go out to them. 

    At the last (April) meeting I asked members to think about becoming committee members so that a new generation 
    can be in place to continue our society’s good work.  In the past many history societies have closed because no one
    has been willing to take office.

    The speakers and subjects over the last year have been once again been varied and stimulating.  
    Speakers’ fees keep on rising so we continue to have the policy that free talks are given by
    members.  At the moment this has beenundertaken by committee members, however, if anyone 
    has a subject they would like to create a talk about please discuss it with us.  
    Help with creating any presentation would be available. 

    It has been good to see the support that members have given us by regularly coming to meetings, 
    paying annual subscriptions and supplying raffle prizes.  I would particularly mention those who 
    assist at “tea time”
    .
    With the loss of our projection screen last summer we have had to borrow one from Peter Byrne; 
    many thanks to him for that.   With a successful grant application from the local Ward
    and a contribution from Anchor Housing we now have a new one.

     I would like to also take this opportunity to mention the members who established
    this society.  Amongst us are Peter Byrne, Millie Walker, Doreen Hore and Rosemary Halsey.  
    The latter has now reached 90 years and still attends as regularly as the weather and health allows. 
    They served for many years; Millie as Treasurer, Rosemary as Secretary and I remember with delight
    the beautiful posters that Doreen produced.

    Our web site continues to bring new members as well as queries about the talks the
    society is able to give.  It is updated as required. 

    We continue to support the Association of Northumberland Local History Societies
    (ANLHS) attending their AGM and annual “Round the County”. 

    The programme for 2013/14 is completed.

    St Clement’s Court will continue to be our comfortable venue and I look forward to
    seeing you there to enjoy another successful year.