STOURPORT CIVIC SOCIETY: This months meeting saw the presentation of the first "Local History Award". Gay Hill gave a summary of the judges thoughts on each entry and then announced the winners. Joint third place went to Rita Phillips and Margaret Dallow. Second place James Allaway. First place, and winner of the fine pewter plate, Beverley Hayward. A booklet containing all the winning entries will be available to view in the library and in our archives. Copies can also be purchased from the society at a cost of £5 each.

The AGM then followed. In her annual report, Pauline commented on the success of "Bramble" in its educational role for he children of Stourport and the positive effect of the refurbished Swan public house. On the negative side the closure of the Leisure Centre and the lack of any sign of development of the many empty building sites in Stourport is to be regretted. The society posted a small financial loss for the year due mainly to the low number of members. This and the dwindling number of committee members caste doubt on the viability of the society to continue operating. Will Scott, president, pointed out that in two years time the society would be 50 years old, he urged members to support the Committee and help recruit more members.

At next months meeting, on July 14, Jacqueline Passey will talk about the changing roles of libraries and their place in our community.

Meetings are held at the Elizabeth Mills Centre, New Street, Stourport, starting at 7.30pm, admission £1.50 members, £3 non members.