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 Post subject: Meeting 19 Sept and draft minutes
PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:03 pm 
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Minutes of Wyre Archaeology Group Meeting 15 August 2012
Present: P Asher, P Ashman, D Berry, B Culshaw-Phillips, K Emery, J Ghent, D Hampson, T Lightbown, C Ricco, H Ricco, J Schofield, Ed Shone. F Smith, G Thornton, S Tingle.
Guests: Max Smith
1. Chairman welcome: In absence of Dave Hammond, Dave Hampson took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.

2. Apologies for absence: received from C Clayton, Pat Emery, D Hammond, B Rigby, Dominic Whalley, Seb Whalley.

3. Minutes of last meeting: Minutes of 18 July were approved as correct following amendment to listing of absent members.

4. Matters arising: a) Big Dig – DWH reported that a meeting of the planning group had taken place and that of the various options discussed it was thought that the first choice would be to excavate the site on the north side of Fleetwood Road where the Bourne Hall Farm had been situated. DH was asked to contact Peter Iles to enquire if LCC had any information arising from the planned development of the site and if he knew who currently owned or leased the land. The rationale for this choice was that it would be fairly certain that there would be archaeology on the site potentially covering a rang eof periods from at least late mediaeval /early modern which would give practical experience and encourage further participation especially if students were recruited as diggers.

A second choice would be to excavate on the southerly side of the road, on Bourne Hill but on a different plot to see if we could locate any evidence of habitation. This would be a ‘fall-back’ if we were unable to get permission to dig the first site.

Dave Berry had ruled out the idea of excavating salt pans around Pilling since following his enquiries there was no convincing evidence that these existed.

Following general discussion, it was agreed that the ‘Big Dig’ should be scheduled for the week beginning Monday 17 September. Further details would be sent out when arrangements confirmed.

5. Treasurer’s Report: Gary reported that the account now stood at £761.21.

6. Executive Committee: None

7. Correspondence: DH reported that two enquiries had been received in response to recent publicity.

8. Excavation Update: Deferred

9. AOB: a)Hilary and Barbara raised the question of the suitability of the Dance Studio as a meeting venue. Members agreed that the accommodation was pleasant but that the noise from the dance music was unhelpful. Hilary and Barbara agreed to speak to James Parr about clearing the portakabin used previously which now appeared to be used for storing furniture. The next meeting would be held there if suitable. b) Members asked if it was intended to have a Christmas supper as in previous years. The consensus was that there should be with a suggestion that we might use a local hostelry offering a carvery.

10. Date of next meeting: Wednesday 19 September at 7.00pm in Portakabin / Dance Studio.

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