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Final Meeting and Afternoon Tea Party : Street Society
Protecting the past with an eye to the future

Final Meeting and Afternoon Tea Party

From left to right: Representatives of those receiving donations from the society: Peter Fry (Friends of Street Library), Brian Bastable (The Street Men’s Shed), Natalie Watson (The Alfred Gillett Trust), Hilary Napper (The Street Society), Farès Moussa (Friends of Strode Theatre), Councillor Nina Swift (Street Parish Council Chairperson) and Val Appleby (The Merriman Park Community Group)

It was a sad day for The Street Society on Friday 25th January 2019 as we met for the last time.

Sadly due to a lack of volunteers coming forward to join the committee the decision was taken in November to dissolve the Society. Friday’s afternoon tea held in the Methodist Church hall was the final gathering of members in a fond farewell.

The Society’s motto has been “Protecting the past with an eye to the future” and for the last 17 years, since its inauguration in 2001, it has done just that. The Society was instrumental in setting up the Heritage information boards in Clarks Village and outside Crispin Hall; it championed a varied range of events each annual Open Heritage weekend and carried out its own version of the Blue Plaque scheme to recognise Street buildings of note. This is to mention just a few of the many projects the Society has concerned itself with; there have been many others besides.

The membership, which in recent years has numbered in excess of 100, has also been able to take advantage of a busy social programme, which included monthly meetings with speakers on many and varied topics, both local and of wider interest, and outings during the summer months.

On Friday this all came to an end.

However, it was an enjoyable afternoon tea, partaken of by some 35 members present plus guests. An important part of the proceedings was the dispersal of residual funds by donation to a number of Street organisations and initiatives that the Society would have been pleased to support should it have continued. Beneficiaries were the Methodist Church, a thank you for hosting the Society’s monthly meetings; Street Men’s Shed, a contribution to their refurbishment of the old finger signposts in the local vicinity; The Friends of Strode Theatre; The Friends of Street Library; the Merriman Park Community Group; the Alfred Gillett Trust for upkeep of their fossil collection and Street Parish Council in a contribution towards the re-siting of the old war memorial. Representatives from the various bodies were present to receive their cheques.

Founding member Sue Monaghan was present together with several members of the current committee, some having served for many years. All sad to see the end of this laudable enterprise but all hopeful that in due course, with new energy and new purpose something might come from the ashes. Let’s hope so.