Agenda and minutes

Heritage Cabinet Working Group
Tuesday, 16th April, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Astley Room - Castle. View directions

Contact: Geoff Durham 742222 

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Heesom, Robinson, Rout and White.

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

To receive Declarations of Interest from Members on items contained within this agenda.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest stated.

3.

INTRODUCTION AND TERMS OF REFERENCE

To agree the Terms of Reference for this Working Group

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Mark Holland, explained the purpose of this Working Group to Members.

 

In 2023, the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme will celebrate its 850th Anniversary of its Royal Charter (1173-2023).  The Heritage Cabinet Working Group would be looking into and making plans for special events to mark this occasion.

 

Former Councillor David Harrison, who had originally been nominated to sit on this Working Group had put together a few ideas for the Group and had passed them to the Chair.  Consent would be sought from Mr Harrison to share his ideas with the Group.

 

In addition to the celebration of the Borough’s Royal Charter, the Chair stated that other celebrations of notable events within the Borough could also be celebrated.

 

The Chair and the Mayor, Councillor Gill Heesom had recently represented the Council at an event held at the Belong Heritage Gallery.  A grant had been obtained to turn part of the building into a gallery showing the history of the Borough.  In addition, Belong had set up a Heritage Group, which, the Chair stated he would attend.  Members were advised that £5 million of Heritage Lottery money had, over the last few years, been granted to Newcastle and Kidsgrove. 

 

Members were advised that this Group had two objectives:

·         To come up with a programme of celebrations for the 850th Anniversary of the Royal Charter.

·         To consider other events which should be celebrated in some way.

 

 

Councillor Moffat stated that in 2022, it would be the one hundredth anniversary of the closing of the Knotty Railway and that perhaps a celebration event could be arranged for that.  Also, people connected to the Minnie Pit disaster which occurred one hundred years’ ago last year would like to see a permanent memorial.

 

The Chair stated that he was interested in celebrating specific events each year.  Next year marks the Council’s 30th  anniversary of participating in Britain in Bloom.  Last year, Newcastle came second in the national competition.

 

4.

WORK PLAN

To agree the Work Plan for this Working Group

Minutes:

The Work Plan would be a programme of looking at upcoming notable dates and looking at ways of celebrating them.

 

The Chair would draft a Work plan which would be approved at the next meeting.

5.

TIME AND FREQUENCY OF FUTURE MEETINGS

To agree the time and frequency of future meetings.

Minutes:

The next meeting would be held on 6 June, 2019 at 3pm.

 

The frequency of meetings would be discussed at that meeting.

 

6.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS