As is often our custom, YHACS held its summer meeting at the seaside, visiting Whitby on 23rd June 2016. We were welcomed by Michael Dawson, chairman of Whitby Civic Society. A message of best wishes to YHACS was received from the Mayor of Whitby, Noreen Williams. The chairman, Kevin Trickett, reported that Horbury Civic Society has been re-floated and currently has 28 members. Kevin noted the culture and heritage theme to this meeting and said that he thought that civic societies had an important role to play in telling the stories and keeping alive the memories of the places in which they operated. With this in mind members were shown a film showing the centenary events commemorating the bravery of the rescuers and survivors of His Majesty's Hospital Ship Rohilla after the grounding of the vessel on a reef near Whitby in 1914. Our guest speaker was Sue Boyce who talked about 'The Haven under the Hill', the history of Whitby harbour, and updated the story with the current Fight4Whitby campaign. Peter Cooper mentioned the need for a YHACS Futures Group, particularly in view of the recent vote to leave the European Union and this was agreed and will be considered at the next committee meeting. For a full account of the Whitby meeting please go the minutes section of the publications page.
Over 60 members and guests attended the latest YHACS AGM on Saturday 30th January 2016 at the Cedar Court Hotel at Harrogate. During the formal business of the meeting, Paul Cartwright of Pontefract Civic Society was elected to the YHACS committee. Following the AGM, we heard about the work of Historic England in Yorkshire. Trevor Mitchell, Planning Director for Yorkshire outlined details of the organisation's work and talked about HE's priorities in the region. Trevor was followed by Ian Harvey, Executive Director of Civic Voice, who brought members up to date with the latest developments at CV. Our final speaker was Kevin Trickett, YHACS chairman. Kevin, who is the YHACS portfolio holder for Strategy and Growth, reviewed what societies can do to engage their local communities and ensure their own survival. The meeting concluded with the presentation of the YHACS/Peter Spawforth Excellence Awards, won this year by Goole Civic Society. For a full version of the minutes please go to our publications page.