April’s meeting was the AGM at The Crossing, Newcastle Avenue, Worksop, on 17th April. Members heard the Chairman give the Annual Report about the interesting speakers and different outings which had been very varied and had all been very well received. The Treasurer then gave his Financial Report which showed a healthy profit, which allowed the group to make donations of £2,000 to National Trust properties, to assist in specific projects. The existing committee were re-elected but an appeal was made for new committee members, particularly a new Secretary and Publicity Officer, as they cannot continue to run the group without more help.
After the business was concluded Patrick McClaughlin gave an interesting talk on South Yorkshire castles, which covered the earliest type of castles, i.e. Motte and Bailey and how eventually they progressed to stone-built fortifications. He had slides of many of the hundred or so of these across the country but mainly talked about those in our area. As always Pat’s enthusiasm for his subject came across and we all enjoyed sharing his extensive knowledge and interest.
Members were reminded that this was the last talk on last year’s programme and members should have received the new programmes and details of the first two outings in May and June. There may still be a few vacancies for the June outing.
Anyone interested in joining the Association should check out the online calendar, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/north-nottingham-association, where more information can be found. It costs £4.50 for single annual membership and £6.00 joint, and this entitles you to attend seven winter/spring meetings and join in any of the five summer outings at a very reasonable cost.