2017 AGM Reports and Minutes

C20 Society South West Group:  AGM  21 October 2017

C20 South West Region – Chairman’s report for the AGM October 2017

Following our first AGM, in October last year at the County Hall in Truro, the South West Region has had a busy and productive year, a good combination of events and local projects.


In March, fellow committee member Tanya Griffiths and I gave a presentation to Torquay Museum Society on the history, aims and work of the Society, which was well attended and received. We used as a basis for this a presentation that the Society Caseworkers had given at a regional meeting and then added local detail of cases and potential cases as well as highlighting good, and some less obviously good, examples of our period.

In April some of the committee attended the Cornish Buildings Group annual conference in Truro, which proved very interesting and will lead to a better integration of our two groups. The CBG has formed a sub-group looking at C20 buildings in Cornwall and we are keen to support this, and work with them.

April saw us in Exeter for a day visit to County Hall and central Exeter including the recently refurbished library. This proved to be very poorly supported, with a very select group of members in attendance. Similarly in May, a visit to Plymouth to view the ‘Britain in the 50s: Design and Aspiration’ exhibition and a social with members invited to meet the committee, had just one attendee other than the committee! Rest assured your committee didn’t take this personally but we realise in future we must generate more publicity and promote events more rigorously if we are to get support.

Fortunately our joint event with the West group in July, looking at Taunton, was a great success. I hope we can devise further joint events with our neighbours in the West and South regions; it’s a good way of meeting others, pooling resources and reaching a bigger audience.

Our most recent event was our ‘big weekender’ when, as with the Seal/Dartington weekend in 2016, we devised a weekend tour to attract members both locally and out-of-region. This was our ‘Weekend on the Cornish Riviera’, led very successfully by committee member Nick Cahill with help from member John Stengelhofen. Held at the end of September it sold out quickly and proved to be a very interesting and informative look at C20 Penzance and some fine houses around Falmouth, including Pillwood, of which more below. We finished at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth where the architect of the building, MJ Long, gave a very interesting talk and showed us around the building.

Plans for future events include a visit to the relocated Bakelite Museum in Somerset, revisiting C20 Plymouth and the former Western Morning News ‘Ship’ building and another ‘Big Weekender’, location to be confirmed.


We continue to monitor the situation on several Plymouth buildings; Colin Campbell House, the Reel Cinema, Plymouth Civic Centre and also High Cross House in Dartington. The first two are regarded as not suitable for listing, but we have supported local campaigns resisting redevelopment. With the Reel Cinema Plymouth Architectural Trust made an application to Plymouth City Council to nominate it as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) and this has been confirmed. ACVs are another way of protecting architecture which is not thought worthy of listing but is valued by the local community and specific groups within it.

Also in Plymouth, through the Society Casework Committee, we objected to the proposed redevelopment of the former Derry’s department store as oversized and out of scale with the original building, and continue to monitor the development.

To mark the 50th anniversary of conservation areas this year, the Twentieth Century Society has been awarded a grant by Historic England to research which areas of primarily twentieth-century development are currently conservation areas (CAs) and whether other areas would benefit from being designated. The C20SW committee put forward various sites and Plymouth City Centre, Oaklands Park in Dawlish and the Lescaze houses at Churston Ferrers are now under consideration. Plymouth City Centre has been agreed as one of the two exemplary conservation area appraisals that will be part of the C20 Conservation Area project. Plymouth Civic Society is keen to progress this and members will be attending our AGM at Buckfast.

Finally, on Casework, we were delighted that Pillwood House in Feock (Su Rogers with Colquhoun and Miller, 1974) was listed Grade II* following Su contacting the Society and even more delighted to be able to visit the house as part of our Cornwall weekend.


Our regional Facebook page has 147 members (many more than Society members in the region) and remains lively and active. Our regional website (C20SW.co.uk) now lists future events and also has an archive of notes from past events, put online by our Treasurer, Geoff Stow. We also have a Twitter presence; our liaison person, Sam Barnes, monitors these resources.


We were sorry to lose our Minutes Secretary, Judith Anthony, in June. Because of various commitments Judith felt she could no longer continue in the role and the position remains vacant. If any member would like to volunteer for this post please contact me at tonystokoe@me.com

We have gained two new members both of who were co-opted during the course of the year. Nick Cahill has already worked with the committee on the Cornwall weekend, as mentioned above, and Robert Dowden has contributed many suggestions and ideas for future events. I recommend that the membership formally vote them onto the committee at the AGM and also vote, en-bloc, for the rest of the committee, who are willing to continue to serve.

Committee members – Chairman: Tony Stokoe, Treasurer: Geoff Stow, Liaison: Sam Barnes. Other committee members: Nick Cahill, Robert Dowden, Tanya Griffiths.

Chairman, Twentieth Century Society South West Region. 10 October 2017


Treasurers Report for the AGM October 2017

The vast majority of the income for the year has been from the events we have organised after costs.

Other costs are the web site registering the domain name and a hosting cost.

We have agreed that we should use reserves to cover costs of committee members attending C20 Regional meetings.

We plan to keep the tours affordable while at the same time making a “profit” to cover running costs as well as giving us reserves for future projects and campaigning work.

The figures given are from the opening of the bank account so this covers a period of slightly over a year.

C20 SW Region Summary of accounts Oct 17






Some of the income had not been banked at the time of preparing this report as income from the Cornwall weekend needs to be forwarded from Head Office.

AGM at Buckfast Abbey  22 October 2017

Present: Committee: Tony Stokoe, Chairman; Nick Cahill; Tanya Griffiths; Geoff Stow, plus co-opted members Nick Cahill and Roger Dowden; and 17 members of the Twentieth Century Society, 3 members of Plymouth Architectural Trust and 2 from the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

  1. Apologies

Apologies were received from Judith Anthony, Malcolm and Sue Clark, Sam Barnes, Tanya Griffiths, Maggie Leithgoe and Bob Hardcastle.

  1. Minutes of AGM held on 22 October 2017

The minutes of the last AGM meeting had been circulated. Approval of the minutes was proposed by Geoff Stow and seconded by Rose Cooke.  The Minutes were agreed by those present and signed by the Chairman.

3   Chairman’s Report

Tony Stokoe’s report had been previously circulated. His recommendation that the current members of the Committee be re-confirmed, and that two co-opted members of the Committee be formally appointed was proposed by Julia Dinsdale and seconded by John Stengelhofen.  The Chair and Committee were thanked for all their work and the Chairman thanked the Committee for their various contributions.

4   Treasurer’s Report

Geoff Stow’s report had been previously circulated.  Approval of the report was proposed by Tony Stokoe and seconded by Brian Quinn.

5 Any Other Business

There was no other business.

6 Date of next AGM (October 2018, date and location to be agreed)