Martyrs play raises money for Museum
In March 2016 the Amersham Society sponsored the production of the community play, The Life and Times of the Martyrs of Amersham. This was the 4th time this highly acclaimed play had been produced by Stan Pretty, assisted by Sally Alford, in St Mary's Church, Old Amersham. The 2016 production was as successful as its predecessors.
On the 28th April, the Friends of the Amersham Museum invited Stan Pretty to talk about how the production came about 15 years ago and the historical research that went into the play, research both about the Lollards of Amersham and about life in Tudor times that greatly informed the market and fair scenes.
At the end of the talk, as a fitting climax, Martin Pounce, Chair of the Amersham Society, presented Gary Gotch, Chair of the Amersham Museum, with a cheque for £5700, the profits from the production (pictured above).
Martin Pounce in presenting the cheque said:
We in the Amersham Society have watched the Amersham Museum develop from small beginnings 25 years ago into a stimulating and informative visitor attraction which is the jewel in our community. We are excited by the museum’s plans for expansion and pleased that, thanks to ticket sales and generous sponsorship, we have been able to make this contribution to the Museum’s ambitious fundraising effort.
Gary Gotch, in accepting the cheque, commented:
Stan and his community players put on a fabulous show. It was a privilege to be there. This fabulous cheque reflects both the quality of the performance and the commitment of the Amersham Society to supporting the Amersham Museum. We are hugely grateful.
The money will go towards the expansion of the Museum into the building next door. This will increase the space available by 65% and conversion work will start later this year.
Response to the Chiltern and South Bucks Emerging Local Plan Consultation
Members may be aware that the two District Councils are drawing up a joint local plan in response to government requirements. On this occasion, the Amersham Society did not call a public meeting but the committee did have a meeting devoted to the topic and set up a working party to provide a response. This response has now been submitted to the Councils.
Our response is quite lengthy (17 pages, including maps and photographs) but you can download a pdf of it here: Amersham Society response to Local Plan .
HS2 Update 13 May 2016
We have received the following update from the Buckinghamshire County Council HS2 team:
(Note: previous Updates can be found on the Campaigns part of this web site at http://www.amershamsociety.org/index.php/campaigns/hs2-and-links).
This E-update looks at the upcoming House of Lords Select Committee hearings and the East West Rail/ HS2 integration report.
House of Lords
As is already well known, the select committee has been appointed and is as follows:
Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe (Chairman): Cross-bencher, former Supreme Court Justice
Lord Brabazon of Tara (Conservative): former Lord Chairman of Committees, so familiar with Bill procedures and used to dealing with private bills
Lord Freeman (Conservative): former MP and minister Roger Freeman
Lord Jones of Cheltenham (Lib Dem): former MP Nigel Jones. He was on the Crossrail Bill committee
Baroness O’Cathain (Conservative): former MD of the Barbican Centre. She has been on a private bill committee that we promoted
Lord Plant of Highfield (Labour): an academic
Lord Young of Norwood Green (Labour): former union leader. He was also on the Crossrail Bill committee
Martin Tett has written to the Chairman of The House of Lords Select Committee, Lord Walker, to invite them to undertake site visits to Buckinghamshire, see the letter at http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/media/4034585/20160506-Letter-re-HoL-site-visits.pdf. We will let you know what response we receive and
will work with stakeholders and residents to help plan any visits.
The Committee has announced its initial steps at http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/high-speed-rail-london-west-midlands-bill-select-committee-lords/news-parliament-2015/committee-announces-initial-steps/.
You can download a PDF of the whole of this HS2 update by clicking here: E update 13 May 2016.pdf