Although events for this year have come to an end, there is still much to do for this busy working group of volunteers.
The drafting of a constitution for our group was the main item for discussion at this month’s meeting.
Our constitution is presented here. You may also download a copy of our constitution as a PDF.
The name of this group shall be Friends of Northampton Castle; referred to hereafter as FONC.
WHAT WE AIM TO DO:
- Raise awareness of the historical and archaeological significance of the Northampton Castle site and to protect what remains of the site for the benefit of the town, its people and visitors.
- Support and develop present day community pride in Northampton’s significant role in the constitutional, economic and religious history of the medieval period.
Our approach will be to:
- Work with other groups and agencies with an interest in the Castle site area.
Develop the skills of our members and enable them to participate fully in the development of the historical and heritage value of the site.
- Be a working group in which members fully participate.
- Encourage local residents and relevant agencies to work together to create a long term and sustainable future for the heritage of the area.
- Raise and spend funding as necessary for all the above.
The first group of the fully paid-up members is as named below. Any person, who shares the aims and approach above, may become a member of FONC subject to the approval, by the vote of a simple majority of the fully paid-up members present, at a meeting where the application is received.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
The Annual General Meeting shall:
- Be called at one month’s notice.
- Elect officers including a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
- Decide on the names of three signatories to the FONC Bank Account or Accounts.
- Approve the Annual Accounts presented by the Treasurer.
- Name an Auditor (as and when this becomes appropriate).
- Settle membership fees for the forthcoming year.
The quorum for the Annual General Meeting shall be one third of the fully paid-up membership in that year. Where necessary the Chair will use his/her casting vote to break any deadlock.
EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING:
An Extraordinary General Meeting shall:
- Be called at one month’s notice.
- Need a minimum of one third of the paid membership in that year requesting it to be called.
- Have an agenda that is strictly adhered to and published at same time of calling; that is at one month’s notice.
The Friends of Northampton Castle (FONC) may be dissolved by a simple majority of the members present at an Extraordinary General Meeting. Any surplus funds will be allocated to organisations, properly constituted and with similar aims to the Friends of Northampton Castle.
Real treat for FONC members at this month’s meeting with Tim Upson Smith of Northampton Archaeology talking about the recent Castle Station dig.
Castle Station Dig
The big exciting news this month is that FONC’s idea and proposal for a Heritage Gateway is very near to becoming a reality as part of the official plan for Northampton’s future.
Marie commenced the meeting with a warm welcome to our new member Lizzie.
Marie said that we should all congratulate ourselves as the Northampton County Council (NCC) Cabinet Paper outlines a proposal for a heritage gateway that mirrors the proposal that Ellen put together on our group’s behalf at the beginning of 2012. There was a spontaneous round of applause. A copy of Focus Consultants report to NCC, Northampton Heritage Gateway – an Executive Summary PDF is available here.
Proposals to create a new park space next to Northampton’s railway station are set to be considered as part of the town’s Heritage Gateway project.
The Heritage Gateway aims to celebrate the town’s rich history, with a focus on the former Northampton Castle site, as well as emphasising other important heritage features in the surrounding area, including St Peters Church, the only remaining building in the area that existed at the same time as the castle.
The Friends of Delapre Abbey were blessed with an absolute stunner of a bank holiday weekend for their huge heritage event. We counted at least fourteen local groups in attendance all with fascinating information stands, and we’re told that the Abbey saw more than 200 visitors over the weekend. It was really wonderful to see so many local people turn out to learn more about the county’s history.
On Thursday 23rd May Dr Marie Dickie OBE from The Friends of Northampton Castle joined the George Row Business Club to give a brief history of the castle and to speak about the opportunities which are now there for the heritage of our town to be celebrated. Continue reading
Top of the agenda this month is how to secure funding for the many exciting and ambitious projects connected with our Northampton Heritage Gateway proposal and celebrations for the 850th anniversary of the Becket trial. Continue reading
On May 25th and 26th 2013 between 12 and 4PM, local history groups and societies will be joining the Friends of Delapre Abbey to share their work, findings and interests.
Highlights will include: Continue reading