Report of Cinderloo AGM held 11th February 2022

Thanks to everyone who attended or sent apologies to our Cinderloo 1821 AGM yesterday held 11th February at our exhibition at the museum of Iron.

The meeting was chaired by Pete Jackson

  • The 320 people who had visited the exhibition and commented on the quality and interest created by the project was noted and everyone who has contributed to the project over the last 4 years were thanked

We reported on our successful activities in 2021 which included:-

Marking of Tom Palin’s hanging with a light show at the Dana Prison attracting widespread media interest and publicity

  • The tracing and publication of the family history of the all the main participants in the event
  • A successful exhibition hosted by Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust attracting over 300 visitors and attracting media coverage.
  • The publication and sale of Jim Teague’s book Coal Pit Bank  
  • Successful work with 6 primary schools School funded by Heritage England,, including Lightmoor Primary who displayed at the exhibition
  • A series of walks, talks and public events linking to other local history groups in the area

We also outlined our plans for 2022 which will include: –

  • Shadows in the dust – an atmospheric retelling of the Cinderloo story to be held at the Orbit in Wellington on 9th May created by Andy Mckeown
  • Completion of the renaming and marking of the ‘Cinderloo Bridge’ at Central Park in conjunction with Telford and Wrekin Council
  • Publication of Andrew Naylor’s “The slag spotters guide”
  • Ensuring the legacy of our genealogy project working with Shropshire Family History Society
  • Conclusion of Cinderloo work with local schools
  • Support to the community ownership model for the Elephant and Castle in Dawley
  • Continuation of the walks and talks planned with partners

Our plans for launching our new project called Touch Talford

Touch Telford which will set out to tell the People’s history of Telford since the beginning of time using 100 items that can be touched.

We discussed the

  • benchmark work instigated by Anth Rowley
  • initial nominations that have been included for the 10 categories
  • development of a new website
  • importance of including and collaborating with artists and poets
  • retention of our strong commitment to social justice and telling the people’s history of the area
  • retaining and building on the profile that Cinderloo has established

Finance report

The chair reported that we have allocated resources to the Cinderloo projects that we wish to conclude in 2022 and to provide some initial resources to Touch Telford to get the project started. A grant that we received from the Dawley regeneration partnership will be used to support the Elephant and Castle campaign

Committee and group officers

It was agreed that the model that Cinderloo has adopted of focusing on activities and action had been successful and should be extended into Touch Telford. The existing committee members indicated that they are happy to continue and new members were agreed .

A vote was taken and there was unanimous support for the proposals outlined above

Any other business

  • A catalogue of art work for sale was circulated and people encouraged to purchase items with 20% of sales going back into our funds
  • The group was asked to find new people to join our group and are lookout for members  to lead on geology, local history, mapping, local ecology, monuments and conservation, web design, marketing, photographers, film makers, story tellers, walk leaders, poets and artists
  • Sharron Massey asked if the group had considered raising the profile of the projects further to celebrate the many great features in the town and suggested that we consider the idea of creating a borough wide outdoor museum and art gallery. It was agreed that this was a great concept to explore

The meeting close at 12.55

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