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Parliament Day at the St. Thomas’ Centre , Brampton – Chairman’s Report

Members and guests who attended Chesterfield and District Civic Society’s meeting at St Thomas’s church centre on Saturday November 18 heard four outstanding presentations on ‘Democracy at Work: a View from Inside’. The event was the society’s contribution to UK Parliament Week.

Te first speaker was Natascha Engels, until recently Labour MP for North East Derbyshire and one of only two women to serve as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons. Ms Engels, putting over important points in a clear and witty way, explained how the reform of procedure since the turn of the century has given backbench Members more influence over the Government and Opposition front benches.

She was followed by Lee Rowley, the newly elected Conservative MP for the division, who shared some first impressions of the Commons, as someone entering the House from a business background. He wished to see more issues approached on a non-partisan basis, for example the improvement of public transport in the North of England, which he argued was hardly a party matter.

The third speaker, Toby Perkins, Labour MP for Chesterfield since 2010, by contrast took the view that politics was always bound to be partisan. He explained how an effective Opposition could put pressure on the Government and sometimes force it to abandon or change its policies. He too succeeded in explaining very well some technical details of Commons business.

Finally, Paul Holmes, the Liberal Democrat MP for Chesterfield between 2001 and 2010, made an impressive case for proportional representation, giving numerous examples of the unfairness of the current first-past-the-post system, and arguing that coalition government in Europe did not, as the British often believe, always mean weak government. He pointed out that the Coalition Government of 2010–15 had, despite gloomy forecasts to the contrary, lasted its full term and achieved a measure of economic recovery.

All the presentations attracted a lively discussion, including valuable comments from Mr Harry Barnes, the former Labour MP for North East Derbyshire , and everyone agreed afterwards that the meeting had been both enjoyable and instructive.

Philip Riden

 

Elder Way Co-op Redevelopment – A talk by Adam Hearld

Wed 2 Nov   :   Elder Way Co-op Redevelopment

 A talk by Adam Hearld of Jomast Properties Ltd, the site developers

Jomast Properties Ltd – Website

 

In the Suite at the St Thomas’ Centre at 7.30pm.

There will also be an update on our involvement in current and recent local issues such as The Shrubberies, Thornfield House and Hurst House.

Free to members, guests £2.

St Thomas’ Centre
For location details and directions , please click on the picture .

‘Parliament at Work’ – an insight into the reality of the life at Westminster .

UK PARLIAMENT WEEK EVENT

 ‘PARLIAMENT  AT WORK – a view from the inside’

Sat. 18 Nov. at the St. Thomas’  Centre,  Chatsworth Road, with contributions from the current local Members of Parliament Toby Perkins MP and  Lee Rowley MP, and former MPs Natascha Engel and Paul Holmes .

The doors open at 9.30am for tea, coffee and biscuits

Meeting 10am – 12.30pm.

The event is held in conjunction with ‘UK Parliament Week’ at the invitation of the Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr. John Bercow.

Further Information on Parliament Week can be found here

Admission :

Society members and under 18s free.

Others £2.00.

St Thomas’ Centre
For location details and directions , please click on the picture .

Civic Society AGM Wednesday 6th September 2017 – Agenda

CHESTERFIELD & DISTRICT CIVIC SOCIETY

 

NOTICE AND OFFICIAL AGENDA FOR

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD AT

THE ST. THOMAS CENTRE ON WEDNESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2017

AT 7.30PM – TO BE FOLLOWED BY A TALK

ON “CHESTERFIELD STREETS AND HOUSES“-  

 BY PHILIP RIDEN

AGENDA.

  1. To receive any apologies for absence.
  2. To receive and adopt, or not, after any necessary amendments, the Minutes of the previous AGM.
  3. To receive and adopt, or not, the Chairman’s Report (available at AGM).
  4. To receive and adopt, or not, the annual accounts of the Society (available at AGM).
  5. To elect Officers and Management Committee comprising: Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and Members of the Committee. All present incumbents are willing to continue in office.  They are :
Chairman,

Philip Riden

Secretary/Treasurer

Frank Gorman

Committee Members:

Daniel Botham

David Botham

Liz Cook

Janet Murphy

David Palmer

Hugh Quigley

Ian Thomason

6. Close of formal business.

7. Open discussion forum – at Chairman’s discretion.

Chesterfield & District Family History Society Annual Fair

The Chesterfield and District Family History Society Annual Fair will be held on Saturday 3rd June 2017 at the PROACT Football Stadium on Sheffield Road , Chesterfield .

The Civic Society has a stall at the event and other exhibitors cover Genealogy , Local History and Crafts .

Admission is £1 , including entry to the raffle , while children are free . Full details , with a full list of exhibitors , can be found here  :

CADFHS Annual Fair 2017

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival 2017

The Chesterfield Area Walking Festival will take place between the 6th and 14th May this year , and includes many walks exploring the history and heritage of Chesterfield . Full details can be found on the link below :

Chesterfield Walking Festival 2017

Two walks may be of particular interest .  One led by Janet Murphy is a tour of the Black and White Buildings of Chesterfield ; the other , organised by the Friends of Spital Cemetery will include the cemetery itself .