Chairman’s Report

John Asher
 North Craven 
 Heritage Trust 

2018 has been a momentous year for the Trust, culminating in our 50th anniversary and the publication of Fifty Years On — Securing North Craven’s Heritage. This celebrated the achievements of the North Craven Building Preservation Trust and the Museum of North Craven Life as well as those of NCHT. The book has circulated widely across North Craven and beyond and continues to be helpful in recruiting: 19 new members have joined since it was published.

One of the issues raised in Fifty Years On was the threat to Hellifield Flashes from a large holiday chalet development. At the time of writing, the application for this development has been turned down by Craven District Council. While we hope that this will be the end of the matter, we must remain vigilant.

Our grants for projects of historic value remain popular and helpful to other organisations which are struggling to conserve worth-while features. We provided a grant of £1,500 to The Folly for the repair of their entrance steps; and £345 to Kirkby Malham Parish Church for the conservation and display of a rare 17th century door. More applications are in the pipeline.

NCHT M.A. Bursaries at Lancaster University continue to be taken up, resulting in some interesting and unusual projects. During the first few months of 2019 as part of her Bursary project Brogan Sadler has been carrying out work on the Langcliffe Village Institute library.  A book detailing loans and fines (and the football results!) for the early 1900s has been found. Brogan expects to write an account of who was reading what at this time and draw conclusions about the reading interests of the village residents.

Our talks, events and this Journal remain well-supported and this is evidence of your lively interest in the heritage of our area in all its facets — and your support for keeping it truly special. Thank you all.