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Copy of Newsletter No 3 May 1997 has been added.


The Annual General Meeting was held on 6th April 2017.

The members of the committee were elected to serve another year.

Chairman John Branson, Secretary Geoff Deighton, Treasurer Peter Barnes, Membership Secretary Shirley Dunwell, Lecture Organiser Isabella Ladigus, Member GeorgeThrower.

Annual Report 2016/2017

The society exists to contribute towards an understanding of local history and the local heritage, also to provide and preserve memories of the past for local people, which would otherwise be lost.

The Society was founded in 1996, and since that time has generated and collected much information relevant to Bilton history. We have started a long term project to index, scan and store this information in digital form. The ultimate objective is to make available a usable comprehensive database. Early newsletters are now available on the website.

The Editor tries to produce a quarterly newsletter but points out that he is very reliant on input from members and welcomes any contributions.

A considerable amount of work on the burial registry of St John's was done years ago by Alan Oliver a former member of the Society. Opportunity is now being taken to revisit and develop this subject.

The high standard of talks arranged by Isabella Ladigus has resulted in the members evenings being very well attended this year with a full hall on more than one occasion. Again we are pleased that one of the talks was given by a member of our study group.

The lectures are a good way of attracting new members with Society membership reaching 100 this year, however the number prepared to participate in the study group remains disappointingly low.

We are very grateful to StudioHarrogate.co.uk for hosting the Society's website.

The project on the history of Bilton Endowed School is continuing as is the work on the street survey and revision of Bill William's booklet Bilton Through the Ages.