EASA AGM and Autumn Meeting and Church Architecture Awards
St Mellitus College, St Jude’s Church, Earl’s Court, London. SW5 0LX
This year the Annual General and Autumn Meetings will again be held at St Mellitus College in St Jude’s Church, Earl’s Court, London.
We shall again be starting at 09.30 a.m. for 10.00 a.m. in order to include all the speakers put forward by our President and Vice President, with time for the Open Forum and the Awards.
St Mellitus College is based in St Jude’s Church and is equidistant from both Gloucester Road Underground Station (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines for those coming from the west, north and east of London) and Earl’s Court Underground Station (District Line only for those coming from the south side of the city). There is no car parking on site, or locally (residents parking only), but there is an expensive NCP car park about 20 minutes’ walk away.
Coming by tube to Gloucester Road Underground Station turn right as you come out of the station and immediately right again into Courtfield Road, passing The Bailey’s Hotel edifice on your left. Continue down Courtfield Road and then take the fifth right (at a mini roundabout) as you pass “Collingham Gardens” themselves on your right. Walk a few yards up Collingham Road and the church is on your right. Entry is gained through the front porch door, which may be open, but if not please ring the video call point on the right of the doors to speak to those inside.
If you come to Earl’s Court Underground Station come out of the station, cross the road by the Tardis Police Box and turn right to walk along Earl’s Court Road. After passing Barclays Bank, take the next left into Barkston Gardens, passing the Best Western Burns Hotel and walk to the end of the road. Go straight over at the cross roads here into Courtfield Gardens, along which you continue, at the next cross roads you turn right into Collingham Road and you will see the church across the road. Then gain entry as above.
Making Your Bookings:
Please note that all new Associates who joined the Association after 1st July 2015 are entitled to a £30.00 discount off their booking fees for the first three meetings they attend within three years of enrolment. Please see the Booking Form for details.
The AGM and Autumn Meeting and the Awards Ceremony:
The AGM and Autumn Meeting will continue last year’s format of reporting back on the more significant matters that have arisen this year. You will see that during the Open Forum our President, Roger Molyneux is to open a discussion about the future shape of EASA and look at Student membership of EASA. There is also a request from Diana Evans of Historic England for help in reviewing how the HLF GPOW grant scheme is working and we would encourage you to make a response where you have experience of this area of fund raising.
As part of EASA’s continuing commitment to education and technical awareness, papers from Dr Charles Mynors, the Chancellor of Worcester Diocese, on “Changing Churches - the Faculty System in Context” and from Chris Wood of Historic England on “Climate Change” will be given. Followed by a talk on “Current Insurance Issues” by Kevin Thomas of EIG during the morning.
To conclude the morning and acknowledge the 200th anniversary of Incorporated Church Building Society, Gill Hedley, an Arts Curator and Author, will talk about the history and importance of the Society and her book on the subject, “Free Seats for All”. This book makes salutary and very informative reading in the light of the present day trends and changes in our churches and copies will be available during the day at a reduced rate of £15.00 each. We should also have a selection of Historic England publications for sale also at discounted rates.
As previously we shall be jointly hosting, with the National Churches Trust, the annual presentations of The King of Prussia’s Gold Medal Award and The Presidents’ Award. There have again been a good number of entries for all the awards this year. Prince Nicholas, our Patron will be presenting the King of Prussia’s Award with HRH Prince Richard of Gloucester joining us again to make the Presidents’ Awards.
During the afternoon Brother Sam, SSF, will explore the subject of re-building both church buildings and their congregations and David Kirkland one of the project team for the Eden Project will conclude the day considering the theology of creativity and the environment.
The New President’s year:
The AGM and Autumn Meeting also gives the incoming President, Bob Thompson, an opportunity to talk about and introduce the theme for his year in office. However, provisionally for your diaries, the Spring Conference 2019 will be based in Hatfield and St Albans in Hertfordshire from 15th to 16th March 2019 while the Summer Conference 2019 will take place in June 2019 in Worcester Diocese.
In a call for your help and assistance in helping to run the Association our Hon. Secretary, Simon Dyson, would like to encourage members to step forward to assist us, either through practical help behind the scenes during meetings, or by offering to stand for co-option for one year or election, for a three year period, to the General Committee. This is becoming more pressing as committee members’ office workloads have risen and as we need to spread the load over a larger number of shoulders. This is particularly important as we are developing fruitful networking links with other organisations in the ecclesiastical and conservation worlds who we find value our expertise and input, which in turn means we can better represent you and all our members in such areas as grant aid etc.
I do hope that you will give due consideration to this request and if you would like to help directly, or put yourself forward for co-option, or election as a General Committee member, then please contact Simon Dyson. Please note that he will need to receive your nomination for election with a proposer and a seconder who both have to be full EASA members in writing/by email, no later than Thursday, 18th October 2018, i.e.14 days before the date of the AGM.