The decision was aided by the fact that both the Autumn 2014 edition and the Winter 2014-2015 edition had proved to be extremely popular.
The timing of ‘deadline dates’ for other local newsletters to which we endeavour to make regular contributions meant that, even before the AGM/Open Meeting, we had had to submit articles for the Feb/Mar edition of Corsham & Box Matters and the March edition of Spring Spirit. Both went in.
It was clear that the AGM, due to take place on 25 February, was going to be key to the future of CAH. For this reason, we made it an Open Meeting, i.e. not paid-up CAH members only. While it would only be these who were entitled to vote on anything formally proposed, we were keen to gather the views of as wide a cross-section of the local community as we could. Accordingly, we cast a wide net when sending out the “invitation to attend” communications – direct emails, group emails, even a piece in the 19 February edition of the Gazette & Herald. We actually received 14 formal apologies! Rewardingly, they were out-numbered by the 20 persons who attended.
Everyone had something to say – which was good. The way forward is now clear on a number of matters. There is one big one that requires the existing (and, for the moment, still operational) Management Committee to deliberate upon. The vast majority of those present urged the Committee to give consideration to forming an alliance with another Corsham group known to have an interest in researching and presenting the history of Corsham and its surrounding towns. A meeting of the Committee will be convened to examine how this might be done – who, when and how.
As a significant contributor, CAH was formally invited to attend the launch of the first showing of the Wiltshire at War exhibition at the Springfield Campus on Friday, 27 February. We duly attended.
We have continued to make good use of the Exhibition Space at the Springfield Community Campus. The Quarrying display that we mounted over the 5-week period commencing early October 2014 was followed by a WW1 display that we erected at the very beginning of the New Year (2015). It was replaced by one showing Corsham’s prefabs and the building of the (Pickwick Road) Library, both with a time-stamp of approx.1965. It is due to remain in situ until the end of March. What happens then rather depends on whether there is still a Corsham Area Heritage group!