A record breaking 127 members attended the AGM at the Navigator. Members heard reports from
Society Officers, Museum Curators and Committee Chairmen on all aspects of the Society’s work.
In particular the culmination of a 12 year campaign to safeguard Harwich Green, the erection of a
century old platform crane near the Lifeboat Museum, about planned and unplanned repairs to
Foresters roof. The Membership Secretary was applauded for raising the membership total to well
over 2000. It had been one of the busiest years in the Society’s history. The Officers and the
Executive Committee were re-elected en bloc for another year. After the business part of the
meeting Clive Booth described a cruise on Trinity House flagship “Patricia”.
At the final monthly meeting of the 2013/14 season, held at The Navigator on 26 April, the guest
speaker was Suffolk writer, Pip Wright. The talk, entitled “East Anglia by Bus Pass” was both
informative and humorous, providing useful tips for all those embarking on travel by bus.
Interesting, and, in some cases, surprising routes and destinations were highlighted, and the best
places for tea and cakes were never overlooked! The talk was accompanied by photos and
concluded with a humorous song composed by the presenter who accompanied himself on guitar.
The next meeting will be at The Navigator on Friday 26 September, and the speaker will be
Charlie Haylock, a regular guest broadcaster on Radio Suffolk, who will entertain us with a talk
about the development of the English language and dialects local to our region.
In April the Society was involved in the Town
Centre Clean-up Initiative. The Footpath Group
cleared the overgrown vegetation at the end of Mill
Lane, other members, together with 4th Dovercourt
Sea Scouts, picked up litter along the Hangings.
The Gardening Group ensured that the new granite
tubs were fully planted up. Despite the weather
being against them, all involved stated that it had
been a very successful day.
Following the successful campaign over a number of
years, Harwich Green was finally granted Village
Green Status last year. The Society arranged for a
plaque to be made and erected on the Green. The
cost of this was jointly funded by the Society and
Tendring District Council. The photograph shows
(from left to right): Cllr Dave McLeod, Leader of
TDC Cllr Mick Page, Michael Gordon-Jones, Cllr
Garry Calver, Mrs Betty Holbrook, Colin Farnell
and Andy Rutter.