Our AGM

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Sherard Cowper-Coles
Photo: © Tom Doran

We held our 2019 Annual General Meeting at the Town Hall on 2 April. Fortunately the climate change protesters outside the building did not appear to be targeting us, although their shouts were alarmingly audible at times. Our Vice Chair, Ann Chapman, talked about a year of achievements and frustrations. Frustrations include the many delays to the Crossrail project, the loss of historic buildings and the fact that the last conservation officer working at the Council has been made redundant. But there has been some good news: Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery have now reopened to the public following 4 years of refurbishment, work on Filmworks is finally progressing, and we have seen some sensible decisions with regard to licensing establishments in Dickens Yard. Our Treasurer, Josette Bishop, then presented the Treasurer’s report. The Society’s President, Dr Charles Mynors, is standing down due to pressure of work, but we are delighted that Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles (left) has agreed to replace him and help with the “unending struggle against barbarism” (his words). Sadly, Robert Gurd, our Chair for 21 years is also standing down.  Ann thanked him for his ceaseless work for the Society over the years, and appealed for new people who are interested in working with us to preserve the best of the Borough of Ealing to get in touch. Meanwhile Ann has agreed to act as temporary Chair until a replacement can be found. The remaining members of the Executive have agreed to stand again for another year.