North Gate unveiling – 21 March 2015

North Gate drinking fountain (Picture: Following Hadrian, Flickr)

Please join us for the unveiling of the fourth interpretation board on Saturday 21 March 2015 at 10am.

The board will be unveiled by our local MP Sir Bob Russell and family in the presence of the Mayor, Cllr John Elliott, and the Borough Council’s Heritage Portfolio Holder, Cllr Tim Young. (It will be a truly multi-party occasion.)

The interpretation board has been generously co-funded by Sir Bob himself in conjunction with the Friends and the Museums Service.

Northgate is where the Friends won their first battle to improve the setting of the wall, with the removal of a set of large advertising hoardings. We hope that the installation of the interpretation board will encourage greater interest in the heritage of this part of Colchester.

North Gate was one of the main entrances to the Roman city. Its upper levels and central gateway were removed in 1774 and most of the rest of the remains cleared in 1823. There is very little now to show the magnificent structure that was once in place. The interpretation board will be a reminder of what was once there. Please come and admire!

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.