Stourport Civic Society.

This months meeting marked a mile stone for the Society as it was our fiftieth A.G.M. It was also the first presentation of "The Young Persons History Writing Competition". There were 16 entries for the competition which was won by Rory Fudge with Eleanor Gillett and Zoe Roberts runners up. Will Scott, the President of the Society, presented the prizes and remarked on the high quality of all the submissions. Rory received the engraved plate plus a certificate and book tokens. The runners up each received a book token. All the children who entered received a "goody bag" kindly donated by "Stourport Forward".

The AGM followed and again it has proved an up and down year for the Town. Once again it was noted there seemed to be some reluctance to provide extra toilet facilities for the town despite the loss of the Vale Road toilets. Concern was expressed over the purchase of the land in Tan Lane opposite the new School Gardens development with the possible loss of the circa1840 rare Bare Back Cottages. The committee members who had agreed to stand again were all re-elected and one new member, Dixon, was elected. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to all the committee members for their hard work over the year in running the society and those who also helped in various roles to keep the wheels turning.

At next months meeting on June 14 Robert Barber will talk about how a local sugar factory came to be located in Kidderminster and its importance to the town.

Meetings are held at the Elizabeth Mills Centre, New St starting at 7.30pm. Admission £1.50 members, £3 visitors. All are welcome.