WE ALWAYS appreciate the opportunity to report our activities in this column.
However this time our report is somewhat brief, as our most recent gathering was for our Annual General Meeting.
This was held at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, and we are pleased in our small way to support this emerging venue.
It would be unrealistic to expect a report on such a meeting to be of interest to other than society members.
Therefore suffice to say we have a more or less full complement of officers and committee members, we have thanked those members stepping down, and our Chairman has expressed an intention to lead the society to be more proactive in the year ahead.
We always try to have a very short Annual General Meeting in order for our members and guests to enjoy a presentation on a topic within our area of interest.
On this occasion we were pleased to have a PowerPoint presentation by Richard Tuffrey, Principal Regeneration Officer, High Peak Borough Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.
Richard was dealing specifically with conservation area and took us through the history of how such areas came to be designated, and with many interesting pictorial examples from both the Moorland and High Peak areas.
It was particularly interesting to see how, for example, a neat terrace of houses could be spoilt by inappropriate development where each separate dwelling had each differently changed windows and doors.
It is always interesting to see illustrations from Leek and to note how lottery money had enabled buildings within our conservation area to be maintained and enhanced.
Further afield, Richard's Illustrations of the Crescent and the Opera House at Buxton were of interest as many of our members are familiar with these prestigious buildings.
Robust questions and answers followed and the warm applause after a vote of thanks from our Chairman was indicative of our members appreciation of Richard's presentation.
However brief our report the invitation †o find out more about the Society remains. Our secretary on 01538 308634 will welcome calls.