Annual General Meeting – 5 March 2015

Our fourth AGM will take place on Thursday, 5 March, 2015 at 7.30 pm in the Mayoral Suite at Colchester Town Hall. This relates to the year ending 30 June, 2014. However, the report on our work will be much more up-to-date.

There will be a presentation of the accounts and an election of officers and committee. The present Committee is Henry Spyvee (Chairman), Vivien Spyvee (Minute Secretary), Barry Donovan, Bill Hayton (Publicity Officer) and Elisabeth Baines, Anthony Bartleet, Barbara Butler, Mark Davies, Andrew Phillips and Rob Waites. It will be proposed to add to these Bryn Smart who was co-opted during the year and to replace Anthony Bartleet by David Balcombe (both represent the Colchester & North East Essex Building Preservation Trust who are Corporate Members of the Friends.)

Barry Donovan wishes to step down as Treasurer so there is a vacancy there. Both Anthony and Barry have been with us from the start and have given us excellent support. Replacing Barry will be a challenge.

After the business of the AGM Adam Wightman will talk to us about  ‘BEFORE THE WALL – Excavations at the Williams and Griffins department store: further evidence for the effects of the Boudican uprising on the unwalled colony at Colchester.’ Adam is an archaeologist with the Colchester Archaeological Trust and has directed their dig at W & G’s. You may have seen him telling Richard Wilson all about this on ITV recently.

Our first AGM

We held our first Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 5th October. Around 30 Friends and supporters attended. The constitution, accounts and next year’s budget were approved and the trustees formally elected.

AGM 2011
Our Chair and Secretary at the AGM
5 October 2011

Our chair, Henry Spyvee, then gave an update on our work mentioning in particular:

  • The advertising hoardings at Middleborough. The owners of the hoardings, JC Decaux, appealed against the Borough Council’s order in April and the matter is now with the Secretary of State. That process is supposed to take a maximum of six months, which means we should hear very soon.
  • Fundraising. We have received several pledges of support for our project to place interpretation boards around the wall. We are almost half way towards what we need. We’re are currently waiting for the Museums Service to finalise the design for the project and then we hope to begin implementation very soon afterwards.
  • Charitable status. Charity Commission rules prevent us from registering as a charity until we have an annual income of £5000. In the meantime we are making arrangements with HMRC to enable us to recover Gift Aid on donations which would increase the value of donations by 28%


Welcome to the Friends of Colchester Roman Wall. We are a group of local people committed to improving our historic Wall and its setting. We were founded in 2011. Join us!