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The Annual General Meeting was held on 3th April 2019.

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

Chairman John Branson, Secretary Geoff Deighton, Treasurer Peter Barnes, Membership Secretary Wendy Warren, Talks Organiser Isabella Ladigus, Member GeorgeThrower.

Annual Report 2018/2019

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. It has three principal areas of activity the Newsletter, a lecture programme and a study group which meets on Tuesday mornings.

The society was founded in 1996, and since that time has generated and collected much information relevant to Bilton history. The long-term project to index, scan and store this information in digital form is continuing. The ultimate objective is to make available a usable comprehensive database.

Our thanks go to Keith Burton who tries to produce a quarterly newsletter but he points out that he is very reliant on input from members and welcomes any contributions. He is always looking for new snippets of information and articles on local history to include in the coming issues.

The high standard of talks arranged by Isabella Ladigus has resulted in the members evenings being very well attended again this year, and we are pleased that one of the talks was given by members of the study group. Please continue with your support and keep up the good attendance.

The transcription of the latest Bilton Grange School logbooks is nearly complete.The project on the history of Bilton Endowed School is continuing, as is the work on the street survey which is being transferred to a computer file.

The publication of Bill Williams booklet Bilton Through the Ages has been taken over by Bilton Conservation Group because the addition of an extra chapter to bring the book up to date mainly involved descriptions of their work in the area.

We are very grateful to Studio Harrogate for hosting the Society’s website, and thanks are due to Peter Barnes for his work as Treasurer and to Wendy Warren as Membership Secretary.

We have reprinted our booklet ’Forest Farms and Families’ with the help of a grant from North Yorkshire County Councillor, Paul Haslam, Locality Budgets, and we have donated copies to Harrogate and Bilton and Woodfield Libraries.

Our membership has fallen slightly to 97 this year. There has been a small increase in the number coming to the Study Group. We still need help in typing up documents, and anybody with knowledge of the use of spreadsheets would be particularly welcome. As well as desk work there is opportunity to explore the local area. We had hoped that the society would be attractive to those who have recently retired and are looking for something to keep them mentally stimulated during retirement, but we have had no such new members for several years. Where are you? What would you like us to be doing for you to become involved?