AGM 8th October 2013 Minutes

AGM Minutes 8th October 2013

This meeting was kindly hosted by Norman Routledge, the leaseholder of Kingsweston House.

After the AGM Norman gave us a short history of the house and took us on a tour of parts of the ground and first floors. We admired the incredible picture gallery which is as tall as the house and now has all the original portraits in place after restoration, The suspended staircase was equally amazing


AGM 2013 agenda

AGM in Kingsweston House at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 8th October 2013

1) Welcome

2) Apologies

3) Minutes of 2012 AGM

  1. Chair’s report.

  2. Treasurer’s report

5) Election of Officers

6) Nominations for Activities Group

7) Next event and future programme.

8) A o B

The AGM will be followed by a short tour and talk about Kingweston House conservation by Norman Routledge, who kindly agreed to host our meeting.

Tim Parkinson 07854714085 / 0117 9508033 /

Hon Sec.

Getting to and arriving at Kingsweston House

If you are driving your own car from Henbury to Kingweston House and would have room for a couple of passengers please could you drive up Church Lane into the Village Hall car park by 7:15 pm to help with lifts.

If you would like a lift please come to the Village Hall car park by 7:10 pm

To arrive drive along Kingsweston Road + Napier Miles Road then through the entrance at the T junction with Kingweston Lane. Park in front of the house when you reach it and proceed round to the entrance on the East side (the opposite side to the cafe).

Blaise Garden Community Days

The garden will be open from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm to anyone interested (viewing and/or helping) on two days each month until September:

On the second Saturday of August and September

On the fourth Sunday of August and September

Entrance through the black gates into the Rose Garden on you left as you come in from the Blaise entrance nearest Church Lane

Village Walk – 2013

Due to the fact that we had invited members of Bristol Civic Society to join this walk on 9th July only HCS members who has not walked before were encouraged to join the walk, particularly as we were largely repeating previous walks.

Approx 17 BCS members and a handful of HCS set out from the Village Hall to inspect Close House, Sextons Cottage, Amelia Blandford’s memorial,( Chris Carroll guide) Woodstock School (Tim Parkinson), Elms Cottages ( Alan Roberts) and The Elms House ( Angela Brice). Then we walked back via the Royalls to The Old Vicarage where light refreshements were served.


Blaise Community Secret Garden update

On 9th June thanks to incredible hard and last minute negotiations some 50 people of all ages came into the garden.

Chris Carroll summarised the event as follows: –

” Every one was brilliant in so many ways.All the people putting in time and hard work leading up to Sunday and also on the day.This gave the whole project a really good ‘ send off’. I thought the ‘team spirit’ was wonderful.The highlight for me was a parent saying his child only did computer games and there the child was inspired and planting up his drum of assorted veg. and flowers and wanting to clear up the greenhouse! It was great to see all age groups helping each other.We even had students from the centre of town saying they’d loved planting up the rainbow chard and had a great time.We received 50 particulars of interested people which Angela is putting into a usable form..Wendy accumulated people’s ideas, which will be of great interest .

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News update – May 2013

News update – May 2013


Family Treasure Hunt

Sadly we have had to cancel this event because organising it was just too much given the demands of getting the Blaise Garden project launched. We’d love to sponsor this event and if anyone would like to take on the primary organisation of it next year please let us know


Blaise Walled Garden Project

A lot of work has been put into getting access to part of the former walled garden to Blaise House by HCS and Friends of Blaise.

Latest plans are for first access by volunteers on Sunday 9th June 2pm (at garden next to Blaise House) and on Sunday23rd June l-4pm (at the dairy garden)

Its best to check with the website,, for the latest news and opening times


Village Walk with Bristol Civic Society – Tuesday July 9th , 6:00 pm at Village Hall

This year we are sharing our walk with members of the Civic Society in order to widen interest in our Conservation area. We will not know until relatively late on how many visitors we shall have so, as a precaution against overloading with too many people, we will be pleased to welcome anyone who did not particpate in the last two. We shall be covering much the same ground as last year. If you are keen to repeat the experience but came previously just let us know and we’ll run a reserve list.


AGM and Talk on Kingweston House – Tuesday 8th October, 7:30 pm at Kingsweston House

NB Change of venue from the Village Hall

Yes, this will be an AGM with a difference!

Norman Routledge, who leases the whole of the house, has kindly agreed to give us a tour of the house and tell us how he is going about sustaining it. In between we’ll fit in our AGM!

Anyone needing a lift to Kingsweston is welcome to contact Tim Parkinson (o7854714085) or Chris Carroll


Christmas Social – Saturday 7th December, 7:00 pm Village Hall

And this event will be rather different from our usual social evening. The format is still evolving but we plan involve the local community and to showcase local talent. It will replace the usual Henbury Singers event so anyone with ideas please come forward.

Tim Parkinson




PS Henbury Conservation Society welcomes everyone interested to come to our meetings and participate in our activities. We do not levy an annual membership fee but ask for a small contribution to expenses incurred in the meeting / activity (eg room hire, etc.)