Good evening everybody and on behalf of all the committee members I would like to welcome you to the Hitchin Society’s Summer Social. My name is Julian Hedley and I am the new chairman of the society.
The Hitchin Society is a community organisation dedicated to protecting all that makes Hitchin special. It is easy to forget that Hitchin is one of the best preserved market towns in the Home Counties and as we all know the town has a great sense of community spirit.
We are a civic society formed by local people in 1962 and we are a registered charity. Our role is to work independently for the public good and campaign for improvements to the urban environment which involves commenting on local planning and environmental issues.
We do not want to be seen as a society that is always looking backwards and simply saying “no” to any new projects and in fact we recognise new developments with our Hitchin Society awards programme.
We are progressive and our sights are firmly set on the future. We are keen to address issues that will impact on our children and their children such as affordable housing, residential development, environmental issues and what happens to our high street.
To stay relevant for the next 50 years we need to get more members of all age groups and we particularly need more women to join. We want our society to represent the diverse community that makes up Hitchin.
I would like to thank Ben and Tom for the use of the Red Hart this evening which is hopefully an example of a careful redevelopment of a 500 year old building which will serve the residents of Hitchin for another 500 years.
Please enjoy the rest of your evening.
Chairman of The Hitchin Society