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FOSC Annual General Meeting

21 April 2016 – 18.30
Central United Reformed Church, Norfolk Street, Sheffield

Attendees totalled 52 (comprising 40 members, 2 guests, 9 committee members and the speaker). The chair gave a warm welcome to all and fully summarised the past year of group activities, events, negotiations and discussions with the Council, etc.

The treasurer reported that:

  1. we received a grant from the University of Sheffield to buy equipment for use at our events;
  2. at the 2015 AGM members approved changes to our constitution (the first step in our plan to apply for Registered Charity status)
  3. as we have now achieved an annual income of over £5000 (the second step in the process), we will be applying for Registered Charity status in 2016.

The chair reported that:

  1. Chair reported FOSC activities to date and listed activities and events planned for the remainder of 2016.
  2. Vanessa Toulmin (Sheffield University) made a financial contribution to the FOSC which paid for presentation equipment and was received with
  3. FOSC are working with Sheffield City Council on their de-culverting project which may lead to opportunities to learn more about the river and castle.
  4. Hoarding is now up around castle site and art work has been commissioned depicting the history of Sheffield. Launch event to be held   and details to be provided on the website for people to come along to   support.
  5. Castle Market demolition complete with underspend of the budget identified by Sheffield City Council which could be available for funding trail trenches on the site. A decision due this month.
  6. Potential to use the site on an interim basis for events subject to health and safety considerations.
  7. Creation of a park at the castle site with remains visible and is the current likely plan for the site in the next 12 months.
  8. The plans for HS2 could have a big impact on the value of the castle site and development of the site is a possibility. FOSC will work closely with Sheffield City Council to protect the site and its archaeology should this occur.

Chair asked the attendees what they would like to see FOSC doing or to ask any questions:

  1. Are we inputting into Heritage Strategy? – FOSC attended the Heritage Conference in April 2016 and we can learn a lot from the approach taken by Nottingham. An update on the outcomes of the   conference will be placed on the website.
  2. Sheffield’s history goes back much further than steel – agreed
  3. Will there be any archaeology done at the site? – Ultimate aim to undertake trenching with community involvement and trail trenches are   likely with the park proposals at the site.

The Secretary conducted the vote with members re-electing the existing committee of 13 with one change: Marie Gilman retired as secretary, handing over to Holly Smith but remaining on the committee with a commitment to increasing membership and awareness via public shows/events/etc.

The current officers are now:

Chair: Martin Gorman
Secretary: Holly Smith
Treasurer: Glynis Jones
Membership: John Baker

The remainder of the committee are: John Moreland, Adrian Millward, Anna Badcock, Ron Clayton, Clive Waddington, Marie Gilman, Nick Robinson, Lloyd Powell, Hermann Beck.

Members then enjoyed a fascinating talk by Dr Glyn Davis (who was the last archaeologist to undertake an excavation on the Castle site), and Glyn answered many questions from the “audience”.

The evening ended at 20.15 after the Raffle Draw, with Martin thanking everyone for the good turnout and reminding them to keep checking the website for latest information.

The next FOSC AGM will be held on Thursday 20th April 2017 (to be notified to members nearer the time).


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