Members and visitors look through old photos of the town and share stories.

The well-attended AGM for the Whitchurch History Society was held tonight in the Gill Nethercott Centre.

Many visitors and members stayed long after the short formal part of the meeting to look at the numerous books of photographs that were originally collected, sorted and mounted by Geoff Kelland. Numerous stories about days gone by were shared.

Hector Goldsack and Gillian Anderson listen to Ron Cook address the audience.

The 2010 chairman, Hector Goldsack, thanked the committee and the other volunteers who have made the Society successful over the past year. He also added that he had produced a DVD of the visit to Whitchurch last summer of the Salvation Army marching band, a copy of which was given to the Town Council, he said.

New Chairman

The members elected a new chairman of the Society for 2011: Ron Cook. He told the audience that he has lived in Whitchurch about 30 years with some breaks. Ron said that he is currently working on: compiling the information from the 1941 census of Whitchurch; gathering the names of students and teachers at both the junior and senior Whitchurch schools in the 1900s; and writing up notes about the Salvation Army from 1881 to the closure of its hall in May 2001, using information from Brian Sharpe, the Band Master.

Gateway Sign Question

A question from the floor was asked: Why didn’t the wooden sign that won the gateway competition in the early 2000s not get installed (metal ones are there now)? A partial answer came from the floor, about there being issues raised by the County about its suitability for use beside highways. (Further info found in the Andover Advertiser HERE).

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the History Society is on March 1st at 7:30pm in the Gill Nethercott Centre; the topic is The History of Thornycroft. Non-members are most welcome for a small entrance fee. Annual membership is just £6.