On Thursday evening, 6th June we had a wonderful turn out for the Friends AGM, held jointly with the Hemblington Parish Council to inform all about the exhibition in July to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Over 70 people crammed into the church to hear an excellent presentation by landscape historian Prof. Tom Williamson (UEA) which ranged over the use of wood and timber over the centuries, which trees were most ubiquitous in Norfolk – and why – together with examples of detailed maps of estates and woodlands in the county and further afield. The causes of various diseases which have affected trees was very interesting, and the audience raised several thought provoking questions afterwards. The Friends is most grateful to the Parish Council for arranging for Prof Williamson to speak at the meeting, as he certainly drew people in.
After a refreshment break, some 17 people stayed for the actual Friends AGM, in which the highlights of last year were outlined, the current financial position confirmed, and events planned for the coming year were presented. Several Annual Friends renewed their 2019/20 subscriptions, and if anyone else would like to become a Friend or renew their membership, please contact Sue Rowe, Secretary – tel. 01603 715804.