HERTFORDSHIRE CIVIC SOCIETY EVENTS PROGRAMME

 

MEETINGS held in 2019, 2020 and 2021

2021

 

THE GOVERNMENT'S PLANNING WHITE PAPER - WHAT IS AT STAKE? 

Wednesday 20th January 2021 - 8.00pm

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The Presentation

The Discussion Afterwards

Lecture by RICHARD BULLEN

Chair of Hertfordshire CPRE

Wednesday 20th January 2021 - 8.00pm

 

HERTFORD AND SLAVERY 
Black Inhabitants, Slave Owners and AbolitionistsZOOM MEETING ON Wednesday 24th February  8 p.m.
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Historian Clare Gittings, who spoke to us in 2019 on the dysfunctional Cowper family at Hertford Castle, returns with an illustrated talk on a topic that has present-day resonances. Does her title sound surprising? It’s only too easy, when thinking about the large-scale slave trade and plantations linking Africa and the Americas, to see it as something remote from this country. However, the ownership of slaves in the West Indies was substantially in the hands of British people, including some living in Hertford and its surrounds. There were also increasingly vocal protests against slavery, again involving some people in the Hertford area. They were a complex cast of characters, as you will discover.

 

 

 

2020

DEVELOPING HERTFORD AS A “SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL TOWN"

LESSONS FROM ELSEWHERE

Lecture by STEPHEN JOSEPH
Wednesday 22 January 2020 – 8.00 p.m.

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The Lecture 

Hertfordshire County Council have adopted a Local Transport Plan and an A414 Corridor Strategy. An important feature of both is the idea of “Sustainable Travel Towns” - in key towns along the A414 corridor and across Hertfordshire as a whole. “Comprehensive packages of schemes and behaviour change initiatives aimed at achieving a significant modal shift to non-car modes and reduction in single occupancy car use” are to be prioritised.
“Such packages could feature improved cycling, walking and passenger transport infrastructure and service levels, in combination with initiatives such as travel planning and marketing.”
“The detailed criteria for any settlement being included in the Sustainable Travel Towns programme will be subject to further local discussion to ensure that they have the support of key stakeholders and the wider community.”

Hertford Civic Society, in partnership with the Town Council, East Herts Council and other organisations, is seeking to help enable Hertford to become a “Sustainable Travel Town”.
Stephen Joseph, expert in /campaigner for sustainable transport at the national level, will talk about lessons that can be learned from other places.
We need improvements of this kind in Hertford - so do come to hear the suggestions of an outside expert, and to join in the discussion.

 

 

HERTFORDSHIRE PEVSNER UPDATE 

ZOOM MEETING  NOVEMBER 18th 2020 

‘Few counties are as interesting as Herts’: revising Pevsner’s Hertfordshire
Lecture, Wednesday 18 November

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The Lecture 


Initially, James Bettley will tell the story of how Nikolaus Pevsner came to write the Buildings of England series, which has continued to evolve and be revised. Our lecturer was responsible for the new edition (the third one) of the Hertfordshire volume, published in 2019.  He explains the process of bringing this volume up to date, and talks about the wealth of exciting buildings in the county. He is a veteran of this process, having also revised the Suffolk ‘Pevsner’. A good communicator, he is High Sheriff of Essex for 2019-20.

 

NEW RIVER LECTURE

Lecture by Helen Gibson

16th December

The Lecture

 

 

2019

16th January 2019

A414 STRATEGY – BYPASS FOR HERTFORD? - talk then discussion

Derrick Ashley, County Councillor, Executive Member for Environment, Planning & Transport

A report of this meeting by Ian Nash and Sue Jones can be found on pages 8 and 9 of the Spring 2019 Newsletter, and an update from Malcolm Ramsay on pages 8 and 9 of the Autumn 2019 Newsletter.  See Newsletter Archive.

 

6th March 2019

Portrait of a Hertford marriage: the Cowpers at the Castle

Clare Gittings, historian

A report of this talk by Ian Nash can be found on pages 9 and 10 of the Autumn 2019 Newsletter.

 

24th April2019

AGM: Committee and Treasurer's Reports, Election of Officers, followed by:

Discussion led by panel: Hertford’s last 50 years: for better or for worse?

A panel of speakers with knowledge or experience of different aspects of Hertford life gave their views on the changes that have affected the town. One good reason for focusing on the last half century was that the Civic Society is 50 years old in 2019.

 

8th May 2019

Essex coach trip: Templar barns, Coggeshall and winery

A report of this event by Ian Nash can be found on pages 10 and 11 of the Autumn 2019 Newsletter.

 

Sunday 30 June 2019

Summer party, near Port Hill, Hertford

This was the Civic Society’s birthday bash, as we were 50 years old in 2019. We were fortunate to have been invited back to hallowed ground on the side of Port Hill, where founder Alan Melville lived and where, lower down the hill, Jane and Harold Chaplin were our main hosts. We had the run of a pair of linked gardens on a series of different levels. There is even a terrace with a seat presented to the Melvilles at the Society’s 20th anniversary. This seat rests on paving graced with delightful hand-cut lettering which reads, in conclusion, ‘Enchanting garden where the sun smiles on a hundred delicate friendships’. Perhaps that says it all, though there is also an eco-house under construction, which we were able to inspect. And there was of course be some music (Brendan Dowse jazz singer/pianist), given we were  the guests of a very musical household.  

  

OCTOBER 2019 "WE ARE HERTFORD" PUBLIC MEETING

What is wanted for Bircherley Green?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to play Event Video

Read the ideas for the town here, and for Bircherley Green here, both of which are summarised here

 

20 November 2019

Achieving the best contemporary architecture in and around East Herts,

Andrew Goodman, local architect

Andrew has a strong interest in sustainable design. In Hertford, his recent projects in the public eye include the foyer extension to Hertford Methodist Church in Ware Road and the St Andrew’s Centre for the church of that name. He talked about leading examples of contemporary architecture locally, and about some of the difficulties faced by architects in this area, in creating good modern buildings.   

 

DEVELOPING HERTFORD AS A “SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL TOWN"

LESSONS FROM ELSEWHERE

Lecture by Stephen Joseph
Wednesday 22 January 2020 – 8.00 p.m.

HCS YouTube Channel
The Lecture


Hertfordshire County Council have adopted a Local Transport Plan and an A414 Corridor Strategy. An important feature of both is the idea of “Sustainable Travel Towns” - in key towns along the A414 corridor and across Hertfordshire as a whole. “Comprehensive packages of schemes and behaviour change initiatives aimed at achieving a significant modal shift to non-car modes and reduction in single occupancy car use” are to be prioritised.
“Such packages could feature improved cycling, walking and passenger transport infrastructure and service levels, in combination with initiatives such as travel planning and marketing.”
“The detailed criteria for any settlement being included in the Sustainable Travel Towns programme will be subject to further local discussion to ensure that they have the support of key stakeholders and the wider community.”

Hertford Civic Society, in partnership with the Town Council, East Herts Council and other organisations, is seeking to help enable Hertford to become a “Sustainable Travel Town”.
Stephen Joseph, expert in /campaigner for sustainable transport at the national level, will talk about lessons that can be learned from other places.
We need improvements of this kind in Hertford - so do come to hear the suggestions of an outside expert, and to join in the discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

ZOOM MEETING  NOVEMBER 18th 2020 

‘Few counties are as interesting as Herts’: revising Pevsner’s Hertfordshire
Lecture, Wednesday 18 November
Initially, James Bettley will tell the story of how Nikolaus Pevsner came to write the Buildings of England series, which has continued to evolve and be revised. Our lecturer was responsible for the new edition (the third one) of the Hertfordshire volume, published in 2019.  He explains the process of bringing this volume up to date, and talks about the wealth of exciting buildings in the county. He is a veteran of this process, having also revised the Suffolk ‘Pevsner’. A good communicator, he is High Sheriff of Essex for 2019-20.

CONTACT

 

Malcolm Ramsay: malcolm.ramsay789@btinternet.com; tel 01992 500002 (no ansafone); Dunkirks Farmhouse Southside, Queens Rd, Hertford SG13 8BJ.