The AGM was held on the 20th November 2014.

Lord Carrington presided over the meeting, attended by around 5o Fulham Society members. We’re  grateful to Greg Hands MP for finding time in his busy diary to attend and contribute to the absorbing discussion after the AGM.

David Tatham ran through the Society’s activities during the year and explained that he will be stepping down as chairman having served his 5 year term. David will remain as acting Chairman until the new Chairman has found his feet. He will be ably assisted by the present committee who were all re-elected.

Isobel Hill-Smith ran through the accounts and showed us that the Society finances are in good shape. However our expenditure has exceeded our income for the first time in many years due to the investment in the new web site and some planning advice. The Society will be increasing the annual subscriptions next March. The Society will also now be able to claim ‘Gift aid’ so all tax paying members are urged to fill in a form  so that we can reclaim the tax. This will assist in keeping the subscriptions as modest as possible.

The speaker after the AGM was Professor Mark Brearley . Mark took us through a top level view of how London expanded in the late 1800’s and is expanding again just as rapidly . Change is tough and we are in danger of this leading to London ‘eating itself’ but it also brings great opportunities.The message was that London is a thrilling, vibrant city . Mark left many of us very enthused with new ideas as to how the Society could influence rather than respond.

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An image of the construction of Holborn Viaduct was shown to illustrate the intrusive infrastructure work that was imposed on Victorian London as it continued to expand