Our second annual walk started from the Village Hall and reached Westmoreland Farm with one group going along Henbury Road and the other through the Wilderness. Marguerite Tonkin welcomed us into her home and garden for what turned out to be a final visit as she died three weeks later. But she did enjoy us all being with her. Continue reading Village Walk 18th July 2012→
Chris Carroll opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and expressed her gratitude on behalf of the Society to Joyce Steele, Charles Claxton, Geoffrey Jones, Sue Parfitt and Tim Parkinson and all who came who had made the July Village walk such an enjoyable and interesting evening. Tim pointed out that Chris had done a lot of research about the centre of the village herself and should also be thanked.
After the AGM the assembled members set off on a tour of some of the interesting houses in the village.
First stop was Telephone Cottage where Joyce Steel explained how the cottage was named thus. Next was 266 Henbury road with a quick tour or both sides of the house guided by Charles Claxton. Then next door to White Lodge with a scholarly exposition of the history of the house by Geoffrey Jones. Continue reading Conservation Society Village Walkabout – 7th June 2011→
Minutes of meeting commenced at 19:30 in Henbury Village Hall
Present: Chris Carroll (Chair), Tim Parkinson (Secretary) and 21 members.
Apologies: Andrew Chugg ( Treasurer ), Lisa Parkinson and Steve Condliffe.
Welcome and Chairman’s report
Chris Carroll opened the meeting by welcoming everyone. She then summarised her report which forms the appendix to these minutes. She highlighted a wish expressed earlier by Joyce Steel that the railings in Church Lane be refurbished with help from the Society. After discussion during which included a fulsome tribute to the work by Peter Bilby to direct the work of the Payback workforce and of his own account it was agreed that HCS would help with any modest expenditure on the railings or other project.
Thus meeting was held in the Henbury Village Hall and before the illustrated talk on the Old Vicarage some announcements and notices were made.
Chris Carroll welcomed members and said she was delighted to see how well the bulbs planted near the Ford were flourishing. She said the next meeting would be on June 7th when after a brief AGM a walkabout around the features of the Village was planned. She appealed for any artist / photographer member to come forward to help with graphics for the Society. The meeting with Cellan Michael, Bristol Parks Chief, on the proposed community garden in Blaise House Kitchen Garden had been positive. In particular Cellan Michael has suggested that a plan to utilise the whole of the area instead of the partial approach we had been suggesting would be more likely to be accepted.
Sue Parffit said she would be opening the Brook End Garden on Sunday 27th March
Tim Parkinson gave a reminder of the Site Allocation proposals as they affected green spaces in Henbury. The founding meeting of the Friends of Crow Lane Green Spaces was planned for 10:00 on April 9th at the Henbury Social Club.
Chris Carroll established that members felt that it would be good to have a get together at the Village Hall on the occasion of the Royal Wedding on 29th April.
Tim Parkinson and Sue Parfitt then gave their illustrated talk of the features and people associatedwith the Old Vicarage. Additionally Lisa Parkinson read an account of the Wedding of Emily Way which included a bumper wedding breakfast for 40 Ways in the Vicarage. And Graham Parfiitt read some memories of the last vicar Way of life in the Vicarage.
By kind permission of David Lloyd, Vicar of Henbury, members assembled in St. Mary’s Church and were able to enjoy a glass of wine before David’s talk on the history and people of the Church in Henbury.
David’s fascinating talk covered the history associated with the church from the time the parish was Henbury in the Saltmarsh through to the 19th century when the designs for a spire were approved and the early 20th century when the Way dynasty of three vicars ended.
The Henbury & Brentry Transition Group acquired 1000 bulbs through the good offices of the Neighbourhood Partnership and in conjunction with Henbury Conservation Society mustered around 20 adults and children to plant them on the banks around the Ford on Henbury Road adjacent to the Salutation.
Work started at 11:00 and by 13:30 all 1000 bulbs had been planted thanks to the hard work of all present.
It remains to be seen what shows this year but we should have a really fine flowering next year.
Here is a link to a handful of ‘action’ photos I took.