Annual report to the Martham Parish Council, May 2018




We have had another very successful year since I last reported to you.  Our membership stands at 86 – we are obviously doing something right.  Our programme usually contains suggestions from our members - whether it be a speaker or a visit.


Our annual subscription remains at £10.  We still meet in the warm, comfortable Methodist Church on the third Tuesday of the month during the winter and we are extremely grateful to the Methodist Church for allowing us to use their Church at a very reasonable rate.


Since I last reported we have had six very interesting talks ranging from A Wander along the M&GN Railway – the railways are always a favourite and brings in a particularly good audience - to Edith Cavell - and Water, Mills and Marshes.  At our AGM we are fortunate enough to have members willing to give a talk after the business part of the meeting.  At last year’s we had a costumed talk by Janet Edwards on the History of the Great Yarmouth Workhouse – we are lucky to have a lot of historical knowledge amongst our members. Our outdoor events during the summer included a coach trip to Lavenham and Long Melford - and nearer to home a guided walk around Thurne and a walk along the North Walsham and Dilham Canal.  For these local walks we car share.


Once again we had a very enjoyable meal at the Filby Bridge Restaurant for our Annual Dinner in February.


A new venture this winter was a series of afternoon Archive Study Groups run by our President Ann Meakin - studying maps of Martham’s past - Tithe Maps, Enclosure Maps - and documents such as old wills. Concluding the series was a visit by a metal-detecting lady from Somerton who brought along her many treasures she has found in and around Martham.


Lastly I would like to thank the parish clerk and local businesses who display our posters.  So look out for them and come along to any of our meetings. You will always find a warm welcome.

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