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The next YHACS gathering will be our autumn meeting at Bradford on Saturday 30th September 2017.

YHACS Summer Meeting Held at Hornsea

YHACS members held their summer meeting at the Floral Hall, Hornsea. YHACS chairman, Kevin Trickett gave members an update on YHACS activities since the Barnsley meeting. The guest speaker was John Miller who gave an illustrated presentation on Hornsea Mere and its early involvement in the development of sea planes, particularly during the war. This was followed by news from Civic Voice presented by Paul Bedwell.For a full account of the meeting please read the minutes which are available by visiting the publications webpage.


YHACS is looking to procure the services of an experienced facilitator to help us run a workshop for members of the YHACS committee and committee members from our member societies.

The YHACS committee has been considering the challenges facing the civic society movement in our region. We now want to take the initiative in thinking positively about the future of the civic society movement and to encourage our member societies to do likewise. We want to secure the future prosperity of the civic society movement and to safeguard its existence for the benefit of future generations. One way of doing this will be to bring members together to start a process of ‘future proofing’ the movement – looking at the challenges currently facing societies and YHACS and to identify what is on the horizon, the challenges we are likely to face in the future so that we can be better prepared to face them.

We are therefore proposing to run a one-day workshop at a suitable and accessible venue somewhere in the region (likely to be York, Harrogate or Leeds but subject to confirmation) for members of the YHACS committee and representatives from our member civic societies. The workshop will be the start of a programme of activity centred on developing a strategy or strategies to help both YHACS and our member societies to secure the sustainability and effect future growth of the civic society movement within the Yorkshire and Humber region. If the workshop is successful, and subject to funding, there may be an opportunity to repeat the workshop in other locations in the future.

It is for this workshop that we are now seeking an external facilitator - this is a paid position.

The indicative timetable for this exercise is as follows:

Facilitator brief promoted

W/c 13th March 2017

Deadline for applications

Thursday, 30th March 2017

Facilitator interviews

Tuesday, 11th April 2017

(First) workshop to be delivered

May/June/July 2017

If you are interested in applying for the position of workshop facilitator, please contact us and we will send you the facilitator brief and other information.

Another successful YHACS AGM at Harrogate

The YHACS Annual General Meeting was held at Harrogate on 28th January 2017. Over 60 members and guests were present. After the formal business of the AGM, members heard an enthralling presentation on the evidence for climate change and global warming by Professor Emeritus Rick Battarbee of University College London. Following this presentation members were given the latest news from Civic Voice from their new chair, Joan

Humble. The meeting concluded with the presentation of the YHACS/Peter Spawforth Excellence Awards and a round up of news from several YHACS societies. For a full account of this excellent meeting please see the minutes in the publications section of the website.

YHACS Autumn Meeting Held at Goole

Our Autumn YHACS meeting was held at the Grade II* Lowther Hotel in Goole. We were very pleased to be able to visit Goole as their civic society were the winners of the YHACS/Peter Spawforth award for achievement in 2015.

Members were welcomed by the Mayor of Goole, Councillor Terence Smith, and Margaret Hicks-Clarke, chair of Goole Civic Society. Councillor Smith is, at 19, the youngest mayor in the UK and possibly Europe.

Our other guest speakers were Georgina Petty, chair of the Friends of West Park, Goole and Julie Duckworth the owner, with her husband, of the Lowther Hotel. Mrs Duckworth's presentation explained how they had rescued the hotel over the last eight years. We heard after the meeting that they had won the Best Rescue of a Heritage Site in this year's Heritage Angel Awards.

Kevin Trickett and Helen Kidman gave feedback on the Civic Voice Convention and Peter Cooper drew attention to the fact that next year Conservation Areas will be 50 years old and celebratory activities will be taking place throughout England.

For a full account of the meeting please read the minutes in the publications section.


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