April draw of the 100 Club:
1st prize - No. 27 - Jane Parry

2nd prize - No. 71 - Paul Hicks

3rd prize - No. 48 - Claire Ward

The draw was made by Pamela Flavell in the presence of Ray Watkins, chair of the management committee.

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Tributes to Graham Reddie

A lovely man in every way very sad news. Our first meeting to set up MASA, was all down to him. This was the forerunner of EMACHS.

Judith Thompson, Wellingborough


This is indeed sad news and such a pity that we did not learn of it earlier. Graham was a steadfast supporter of power in the regions. Well into his 80’s he would suddenly turn up at EMASA meetings in Holbeach or Louth having driven from Bromsgrove.

He was an enthusiastic supporter of Leicester’s Awards Scheme, being guest of honour at our very first ceremony in 2006. In fact I remember he arrived in Leicester nice and early so that he could personally visit all the nominations – not just the winners.

He was an astute campaigner for our heritage throughout the region and a great gentleman of the old school. He will be sorely missed.

Stuart Bailey
EMACHS president 2012-

Graham Reddie MBE 1925-2016

Graham was president of EMACHS

from 2001 to 2010

and attended our meetings until 2009,

when his driving became affected 


Extracted from an article in the Bromsgrove Standard (plus a lovely photo of him):


Graham was born in Chiswick in 1925 and grew up there before moving to the Peak District, where he went to the Abbotshome School in Uttoxeter which was founded by his great uncle Cecil Reddie.

After serving in the Royal Navy during the war, he trained and qualified at the School of Architecture, part of University College London.

He was involved in the planning of Guildford and Kingston-Upon-Thames and moved to Worcestershire in 1966, to become the deputy chief architect and planner for the Redditch Development Corporation (RDC), set up to build the new town.

He later became the RDC’s chief architect and planner.


When he retired, he became secretary of MASA (Midlands Amenity Societies Association), encouraging people to look more carefully at their heritage and environment

[In 2001, MASA split into East and West — with Graham becoming president until 2010 of East MASA, when it became EMACHS]

In the New Year’s Honours of 1998/99, Graham received an MBE in his role as MASA secretary for ‘services to the Built Environment in the Midlands’.

He also did carpentry in his spare time and was well-known for making items, such as tables, chairs and benches for his friends and family.

His wife Mary died in November, and Graham passed away peacefully on Wednesday January 20th 2016, at Burcot Grange.


Historic pub listed

Hi All,

I enclose a press release about a Nottingham pub which, following a submission by Nottingham Civic Society, was last week listed at Grade II.   The press release has already borne fruit with features by Radio Nottingham and the Nottingham Post (available on their website), while BBC TV is also interested.   It has also aroused interest with two national societies, the Victorian Society and the Ancient Monuments Society, and also with the local branch of CAMRA.

Best wishes,


Ian Wells, Vice Chair Nottingham Civic Society



The Embankment pub at Trent Bridge has been listed as a historic building by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

“This is fantastic news” declared Nottingham Civic Society executive chair Hilary Silvester.

“It’s a good building in itself, with lots of interesting details which have survived, and its recent refurbishment has made it a very fine pub indeed.

Completed in 1905 by Nottingham architect A N Bromley, the building was Boots flagship store outside the city centre and the model for similar stores across the country.

“More than this, and perhaps more importantly, is the place that this building holds in Nottingham’s social history” continued Mrs Silvester.   “Jesse Boot saw the importance of a social club for his workers, where they could engage in not just recreational but educational activities.   And he saw to it that these were conducted in pleasant surroundings.”

The main bar has an impressive staircase and, overlooking it, what is believed to be Jesse Boot’s office with an oriel window from which he could keep an eye on proceedings.   And next to it is the former library, later a tea-room and now a function room with wonderfully ornate Edwardian decoration.

“There were some changes” said Mrs Silvester.   “The pharmacy was removed and the windows boarded up.   Now however these windows have been reinstated and a very attractive bar created on that side of the building, in keeping with the Edwardian ‘feel’ of the pub as a whole.”

At a time when many pubs are closing, and those which survive are often greatly altered inside, the Embankment is an almost unique survival.

“Congratulations to Castle Rock Brewery for the brilliant way they have transformed this building.   We wish them every success” concluded Mrs Silvester.

Further details: Ian Wells 07754 129092       ianwells62@gmail.com



(East Midlands Association of Civic & Heritage Societies)

by Philip Greaves  —  July 2014

At the busy Community Centre with a mass of children moving hither and thither, a bright little boy greeted us, saying: “Hello, you’re in there!”

It occurred to us to ask how he had known who we were — “Oh, I helped the man set up the room,” he proudly replied.  Later on that storm-laden Saturday morning, he popped up like a jack-in-the-box boasting to his friends how he’d shown us in…  and been appreciated !

Agenda item 1: “Welcome by Horncastle History & Heritage Society” was duly commenced, and we even reached item 5: “Matters arising”

But then somehow the formal meeting transmogrified into a real conversation between sincerely interested people, sitting round a table talking directly to each other

The perception had changed: we were no longer in a worn-out marriage, going “through the motions” — we were suddenly in a relationship with some spark

Every ‘civic’ society has had past triumphs, otherwise they would have folded.  However, they will also have challenges, which tend to cloud the perspective of the causes they are fighting for or maintaining

Open Meetings need to be arranged as a seating of equals around a table or space, while the Agenda needs to be turned upside down:

The introduction should be allotted to EMACHS, and the main body of the gathering designated as a “Special Event” of the host society:  sharing its successes, and discussing its difficulties… with ‘fellow travellers’

Our officers and member societies constitute a solid body of experience, and are able to offer an outsider’s impartial view or advice with guaranteed empathy — willing to learn, and take away any issues requiring further investigation

An EMACHS officer’s report would be better valued as a published item, interacting with the majority of members, rather than given verbally to a clear minority

Association issues that need to be voted upon, require publication beforehand, with proxy voting arranged, and then formally decided at the next Open Meeting or AGM

The purpose of EMACHS is to supply an extra dimension to the civic involvement

EMACHS operates at a regional level, as opposed to a more distant national or governmental one

Rather than arranging impersonal business venues, EMACHS meetings take place in society members “homes” — their village hall, community centre, craft museum

When Boston hosted the meeting in 2012, we used it as an excuse to call in favours of local experts and re-energise the members, to make an extra presentational effort to show off what our society and locality had to be proud of

EMACHS’ October Conference this year is with Wellingborough Civic Society on “Computing and Communications”, and that is a more specialised meeting, with a series of talks focusing upon a civic theme

Our indefatigable secretary Howard, with the shoulders of a Hercules and more hats than the Hydra, has constructed the new EMACHS website:

Search “emachs” on Google, and emachs.wordpress.com will be offered a few sites down — this is the new one, and the more visitors it gets, the sooner it will rise to the top of the options list

  • Members are paying an annual subscription fee

  • Officers are offering their time and advice for free

  • Officers can be asked any specific question (contact details on website)

  • Members can post a general issue on the website or email group

  • Self-service” is the key to a sustainable future for EMACHS

It also need reminding, that EMACHS does give each member society, group membership of: Civic Voice, ASHTAV and Historic Towns Forum

Michael, who owns the Manor House opposite St Mary’s, showed us the section of Roman wall, and a medieval well, in his lovely “roomed” garden

After lunch, as the downpours subsided, Mary gave us a guided tour of this discreetly charming market town. 

And as we passed the old Assembly Rooms, a group of children appeared at the first floor window, evidently attending an afternoon party — and who should be there furiously waving and still pointing us out to his friends…  but the bright little boy !