Annual General Meeting, 2016
Ronnie Biggs, Jack the Ripper and the last surviving Bal Maiden were the subjects of just a few of the clips and stories enjoyed by Trustees, members and friends at Cornwall Heritage Trust’s 31st Annual General Meeting on Saturday September 24th 2016 at Heartlands in Pool. Only the late Ted Gundry, last year’s Heritage Champion, could have produced such an eclectic range of topics during his long career. Claire White, Tom Goskar and Dr Tehmina Goskar from Azook were honoured to be invited to give the annual Dr John Rowe Memorial Lecture in memory of Ted and they entertained all present with a wonderful lecture bursting with stories, memories and titbits!
Following the presentation Colonel Edward Bolitho, President of Cornwall Heritage Trust, presented the Sir Richard Trant Memorial Award for Heritage Champion 2016 to Captain George Hogg. Following 37 years in the Royal Navy Captain Hogg became the Honorary Curator of the Cornwall Maritime Museum Falmouth from 1993 until the creation of the National Maritime Museum in 1998 where he was one of the founding Trustees.
George is still an active Trustee and Volunteer at the NMMC where he has spent his time developing the Cornwall Galleries and the Bartlett Library working closely with his friend and colleague, Tony Pawlyn. During this time he has also created an extensive Maritime Archive. It was his commitment to the NMMC and the Bartlett Library that led to him being nominated for the Sir Richard Trant Memorial Award and he was deemed a very worthy winner by the judging panel.
The business of the AGM followed the presentation with Colonel Bolitho describing the Trust as being “in rude health”. Members were interested to hear of the progress of the Kernow Bys Vyken and Treffry Viaduct & Luxulyan Valley Projects, both of which Cornwall Heritage Trust is involved with. Lt Col Philip Hills, Chairman of the Trust, commented that it has been “business as usual” for the Trust.
The Kernow Bys Vykken Project to digitise the Millenium Book entitled “Cornwall Forever”, which was given out to every child in school in Cornwall in 2000, is nearing completion and the website due to be launched in November. It is hoped that the project designs for the Treffry Viaduct renovation will be completed and ready to be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund in March 2017, with the aim of commencing the second phase in June 2017. Earmarked funding of £3.4m has been set aside by the Lottery for the implementation phase and it is hoped completion will be at the end of 2018.
The AGM celebrated another successful year for the Trust, one in which its 30th anniversary was celebrated and plans for another 30 years put in place!