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SHS Meeting Minutes 84



Tuesday, 31st July, 2007 at Kay Turrell's, Carters Close

Present: Mark Vale, Kay Turrell, Pearl Teasdale, Caroline Leslie and Sheila Quinn.

The minutes of meetings 82 and 83 were approved.

Matters Arising: There were no “matters arising”.

Chairman's Report:

MKHA: a) The proposed and yet to be renamed “Culture Shop” has still not opened in CMK. b) Roger Drage has left MKHA; David Muston is now responsible for the MKHA website. c) The MKHA Constitution has been altered – Mark has received a copy, which will be filed in the SHS office. d) The Heritage Open Days will be held on the first weekend of September; a courtesy bus will be available for those wishing to visit participating members. MKHA have yet to distribute leaflets giving details of venues to members! e) MKHA Newsletter No. 2 was given to committee members.

World Picnic Day: Mark received an email advising that this event will be held on the 2nd September in Campbell Park.

Bucks Local History Network: The annual Conference and Fair is to be held on the 6th October at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe.

Newport Pagnell Poor Law Union Research Project: The National Archive office at Kew is seeking funding to digitise records held there relating to Poor Law administration. The Newport Pagnell Poor Law Union covered most of the area now known as Milton Keynes and volunteers with internet access are needed to view and catalogue documents relating to the area. Anyone interested can obtain more details from or by contacting Dr. Paul Carter c/o The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Tel 020 876 3444, email

No one on the committee felt they had the time but mention of the project should be made in the news letter. It is the sort of project that Colin Davis might be interested in.

Newsletter: MV said that he would like to do a monthly newsletter and had with him the proposed August edition that he has produced in a “newspaper” form. PT thought that it would be too much work to produce an edition monthly and suggested bi-monthly. The rest of the committee agreed with the comment and suggestion. SAQ is to type the content and MV will put it into the format that he has designed. SAQ suggested that the committee meeting minutes file be available at each members’ meeting.

CL offered to deliver the newsletter to members. There are at least 3 that need to be posted: Tony Deviny, Howard Dalton and Gillian Nursaw-Smith.

Scarecrow Competition: Last year’s trophy of a minature scarecrow has been returned to KT. Mr. Soul still has the Horn trophy and is more than happy to return it. The Horn Trophy was originally a cricket team trophy, so is a historical artefact in it’s own right! PT volunteered to take a photograph of MV presenting the Winner’s Shield to the Tanner family.

Welcome Pack: We have received contributions from the Youth Club, Football Club and New Thursday Group. Still outstanding are the School, Village Hall and Twinning Association. PT asked if the pages had been proof read; MV considered that each organisation was responsible for its own insert. Grants are available from MKHA/MKC (see MKHA newsletter no. 2) but before we can start applying we must obtain quotations for the cost. Orchard Press, Julia Sanderson and the printers of SCAN are to be asked for prices.

Christmas Cards: We do not have any stock from 2006. CL is willing for the card she designed and sent to Philip Smith for Christmas 2006 to be used for our 2007 cards. She will also design another one – similar to one she has already used depicting 3 rather naughty choir boys. Angelica Braid’s Church Christmas card is also to be used again, subject to her agreement. PT reminded the committee that, due to the new postage rates, we will have to be careful which size of cards we produce. KT offered to produce a mock up for the next committee meeting on August 28th. We need to have cards is stock for the SHS History Day on the 29th September and also for the Christmas Bazaar on the 30th November.

Sherington Shenanigans!: (Feasts, Fetes & Fun) Advertisements are to be put in the following: Olney Phone Book, The Town Crier, MK Heritage Website, SHS Website, Around the Villages (The Citizen). Posters, which MV will design, are to be put up around the village 2 weeks prior to the event and Phil Smith is to be asked to produce his boards. Invitation letters are to be sent to Emberton HS and Newport Pagnell HS. Posters can also be sent to Stacy Bushes Museum, The Local Study Centre at the main library and also Newport Pagnell library. As usual a will hold a raffle, we have an SHS sales stall and will provide refreshments (to be paid for!!)

Living Archive Band: MV confirmed that the Living Archive Band will perform at our February meeting. Originally, the evening was to be split into two halves – the band and a reminiscing talk by Phil Smith (shades of Val Doonigan in a rocking chair!) The band use local stories to write their songs. A fee of £50 has been agreed. Tickets will be on sale and will cost £2 (members, as usual will have free entry). Raffle and refreshments as usual.

E-mails: Ian Collinge received an email via the website from Kathleen Green (nee Jones). She lived in The Old Rectory in the early 1950s when her father The Rev. Hugh Jones was rector. In the email she offered to send us some rectory memorabilia. SAQ has replied. (I have now received copies of photos and a floor plan)

Several emails have been received – SAQ is dealing with them:

Treasurer’s Report: PT reported that we have a healthy balance of £2,147.52 of which £1,539.31 is in the Nationwide account, £488.65 in the HSBC current account and £119.56 cash. The mandate for the current account has still to be completed. Neither Colin Davis nor Mr. Mrs. Barber has renewed their membership.

September SCAN: We need to advertise the following: “Sherington Shenanigans”, Welcome pack – all updates and entries to be received by the 15th September.

Matters Arising: The Grafton Regis Walk on the 12th August. KT now has a ‘phone number for Sue and Peter Blake, the organisers of the walk. (542211). She will confirm the start time and place.

Gail Woods is continuing to reorganise the People files into alphabetical order instead of street order.

The meeting closed at 10pm. Thanks are due to Kay’s mother for making the tea – Kay had her feet up – due to a badly sprained ankle!!!

The next meeting will be held on the 28th August at Pearl’s.


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