Re-starting the group

From: Matthew M.
Sent on: Monday, February 27, 2012 4:20 AM

Hello Heritage group members

Well, you may have noticed there hasn't been a lot of activity in the group in recent months. :) My energy and enthusiasm for organising things has declined over the last year, and for some time I have been thinking about giving up organisership of this group. I think the group should continue; there is a need for a group like this looking into Nottingham's interesting heritage and bringing it to a public level, and I would like to be among those attending, but in present circumstances it can't be me who is at the helm.

I have discussed the future with fellow organiser Richard, and he is willing to take on being the organiser and paying Meetup's dues, provided that someone is willing to split the costs equally with him and be an equal partner in organising an expanded version of the heritage group. As regards the costs: currently Meetup charges $72 for six months, and an organiser account entitles you to three groups, which Richard would use another one of, splitting the total bill equally. The cost of this Heritage group is therefore $24 per six months, and half of that is $12, currently about £7.50 apparently, so that is what the partner would be contributing to the Heritage group. The third group slot could be used by the partner for a group of their own, for which they would pay $24 per six months (but could maybe pass on the cost to members).

Richard would like to rename and expand the remit of the heritage group according to the following plan:

Nottingham and Derby City Explorers

‘Why from A to B? Why not L to F?’ Will Self

This group aims to explore and reflect upon the many and varied urban landscapes and locations that make up the cities of Nottingham and Derby.

Through events such as talks, tours, pub socials, urban walks, visits to heritage sites, urban exploration and experimental travel, we will aim to gain a deeper appreciation of the two cities in terms of their history, architecture, wildlife, human activity and contemporary infrastructure. Caves and tunnels, rivers and canals, pubs and churches, parks and open spaces, derelict buildings and industrial sites, cemeteries and suburbs – these are just a few of the environments that we will seek to discover, learn about, enjoy and explore, both on foot and using public transport. Who knows, maybe we can even work on some collaborative writing/photography/art projects relating to the areas that we visit.

All you need is an interest in exploring the nooks and crannies of our urban surroundings.

This sounds really promising and I trust someone in the group will step forward and join Richard in co-running it - we are just coming out of winter and into a new year of potential events and visits, let's hit the ground running with a new chapter in the history of this group. 

Yours

Matthew McVeagh, current Organiser


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