AGM and Frank Tindall Lecture 2018

Frank Tindal Lecture 2018

This year our Commemorative Frank Tindall lecture will be given by Hugh Buchanan, the distinguished watercolourist. Hugh has chosen, as his subject: “Pastiche or Of its Time – an artistconsiders the state of contemporary architecture in an historic context.”

Having discussed with him, in advance of the lecture, his themes I have no doubt that we are in for an enjoyable and challenging evening. At a time when we are concerned about the quality of new building and places his choice of subject is most timely.

The lecture will take place in Haddington Town House on Wednesday 24 October immediately after a short AGM which will be held at 7.15pm. Refreshments will be served.

Members will be aware that over the last 15 years we have remembered Frank Tindall through the Memorial Lectures. The inaugural lecture was given by the late Charles McKean in which he described Haddington’s town form as a “fortress against the wind” – and last year David Sim delivered a widely praised lecture on the Human Scale in Architecture.

 

Blooming Haddington Win Gold 2018

Chairmans Blog September 2018

Chairmans Blog September 2018

After an amazing summer we suddenly feel the autumn closing in and it is time to update you on what has been happening in HADAS.

But first I must report, with sadness, the death of Andrew Gilmour who was a member of our committee for some years. Andrew lived in Gifford and was an architect. I knew him first because our sons, Alastair and Paul, were at school together and remain close friends, and then through working with him on the HADAS Committee.

Society Member Ben Tindall, one of Andrew’s students, writes:

I have very fond memories of Andrew.  As a tutor at the University of Edinburgh he stood out for the warmth of his interest in students, as well as his practical and down to earth guidance.  He did not stand for academic niceties or the fashionable dictates of magazine architecture.  Instead, as a product of Sir Robert Mathew’s Architectural Research Unit, he stood for humanity and common sense.  Against the advice of some other staff he encouraged me to apply for and take up the Penn Exchange Scholarship, for which I have always been grateful.  

We recognise these qualities through working with him. We send our thoughts to Ann, Alastair and James.

 

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Hugh Buchanan will deliver the 2018 Frank Tindall Lecture

Frank Tindal Lecture 2018

This year our Commemorative Frank Tindall lecture will be given by Hugh Buchanan, the distinguished watercolourist. Hugh has chosen, as his subject: “Pastiche or Of its Time – an artistconsiders the state of contemporary architecture in an historic context.”

Having discussed with him, in advance of the lecture, his themes I have no doubt that we are in for an enjoyable and challenging evening. At a time when we are concerned about the quality of new building and places his choice of subject is most timely.

The lecture will take place in Haddington Town House on Wednesday 24 October immediately after a short AGM which will be held at 7.15pm. Refreshments will be served.

Members will be aware that over the last 15 years we have remembered Frank Tindall through the Memorial Lectures. The inaugural lecture was given by the late Charles McKean in which he described Haddington’s town form as a “fortress against the wind” – and last year David Sim delivered a widely praised lecture on the Human Scale in Architecture.

 

Frank Tindall Plaque

Frank Tindall has been very much in our minds this year. Apart from the annual lecture we have been giving thought to a another way of remembering him. As the years pass we become increasingly aware of the relevance of the messages within his memoirs including the importance of community consolidation and also of ensuring that new development respects the essential character and  essence of its surroundings.

We plan to put in place a plaque on the west facing wall of 1 Bridge Street where Frank and his family lived in the early 1950’s.

 

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Haddington 700 – Celebrating the 1318 Robert the Bruce Charter

As part of the year long Haddington 700 programme of events, I have been invited to speak at the conference “Charter, Church, Conflict and Community “1318-2018″”, organized by Haddington History Society and the East Lothian Antiquarians on Saturday 15 September at Haddington Town House.  My allotted subject is “Haddington Today” and I will be drawing on the principles which underpin Frank Tindall’s legacy. You can book tickets here, and you can find more Haddington 700 events here.

Blooming Haddington

St Marys, Haddington was the location of a very special event last Thursday. Representatives from all over Scotland gathered for the annual Beautiful Scotland Awards and Haddington was the overall winner in the Medium Town category – towns between 6-12,000 population. Haddington also won a Gold Standard Certificate.

This is a wonderful achievement by Blooming Haddington. The floral display this year has been superb. Going down town early morning for the paper I have often chatted with Rab Moran who is watering the hanging baskets and displays – a reminder of how much work goes into a success like this. Congratulations to all involved.

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Blooming Haddington wins Gold and Best Medium Town 2018

The Future of HADAS.

I shall be writing to members shortly to express our concerns regarding the future of HADAS. You will be aware from recent AGM’s and blogs that we are concerned that we are not getting new people on to the committee and we are rapidly reaching the point at which the absence of new blood threatens the viability of the Society. We will elaborate in the forthcoming letter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Haddington’s Shopfronts – Dr Lindsay Lennie

Haddington’s Shopfronts

On Saturday 24th March Hadas members packed the Star Room in the John Gray Centre to hear a fascinating talk on Shopfronts by Dr Lindsay Lennie who gave us the benefit of her deep knowledge gained through completing a doctorate on shopfronts and a fellowship with Historic Environment Scotland. She was able to put Haddington in a national context quoting examples from Doune, Perth, Hawick, Edinburgh, Kelso, Dunkeld, Blairgowrie and Aberlour.

We learned that there is a lot more to the front of a shop than we had originally thought. Lindsay took us through the development of the shop from the early luckenbooths which replaced market stalls via Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and later 20th Century shops to the present day. The development of manufacturing techniques to produce larger panes of glass and eventually plate glass was closely linked to the evolution of shop design. Cast iron from Scottish foundries such as Macfarlane could support plate glass and strengthen large display windows.

The various architectural features of a Victorian shopfront were explained including cornice, fascia, console bracket, fanlight, pilaster, plinth, lobby, and stallriser. There was a discussion on signage with good and bad examples and the talk ended with local examples from Haddington. The former shoe shop Barries, now Greigs the Baker, used to have a ‘golden boot’ drawing the attention of the potential purchaser. It was confirmed that the boot in question is now in a local museum. Main’s the Saddler retains the horse advertising the range of services offered to the riding community. Joe Forte Sports recently refurbished their premises and included a sign hanging outside. Dr Lennie pointed out that signs have a justifiable purpose in the marketing process but that too many signs would lead to clutter and detract from the street scene. Advertisements are controlled through planning law and it falls to  the Planning Authority to get the balance right.

This discussion seemed timely as proposals are being prepared for Haddington Town Centre.

Dr Lennie then led a group on a walkabout through the High Street, Market Street and Lodge Street. Many examples of interesting architectural details were pointed out, most of which were previously unknown to the group who passed them every day.  The tour finished with a look at the former Buttercup Dairy (of which there were 250 in Scotland) with its preserved tiles, mosaic lobby floor and original door and then the former Haddington Cooperative Society buildings in Lodge Street.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning and we will all be looking at traditional shopfronts with a new insight from now on.

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Frank Tindall Commemorative Lecture 2017

Frank Tindall Commemorative Lecture 2017

Thursday 26 October 2017 – 7.00pm

The Human Scale in Architecture and Planning

The lecturer this year is , David Sim, Partner in the firm of Gehl, Architects, based in Copenhagen, and engaged in urban regeneration projects throughout the world.

Free for members, guests by donation- places are limited and must be booked in advance at:

Karen Stevenson, Hon Secretary : HADAS, info@hadas-el.org.uk,01620 825340

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AGM and Frank Tindall Memorial Lecture 2016

‘Mary and Frank’ with Ben Tindall.
Free event
Wednesday 26 October 2016
7.00 pm Trinity Centre, Church Street, Haddington

2016 is the 20th Anniversary of HADAS and we are delighted to have Ben Tindall deliver the Frank Tindall Memorial Lecture following the AGM. Ben will speak not only about his father but also his mother Mary, who was an influential architect here in East Lothian. Many of our former lecturers have been able to provide insights into the legacy of Frank, a distinguished planner, however Ben will also speak of his mother in his lecture entitled “Mary and Frank”. In his memoirs Frank wrote of Mary: “she taught me all I know about architecture”.

The visionary influence of both Frank and Mary are at the heart of what HADAS stand for and we believe East Lothian still benefits from this influence. Their efforts could be translated as ‘in pursuit of excellence’, and HADAS attempts to follow this ambition by seeking the ‘best possible outcomes’ in respect of new developments. We also seek to protect, conserve and enhance East Lothian’s special places and landscape, and believe the next generation of East Lothian residents will benefit from our efforts.

The AGM will start at 7.00 pm followed by the Lecture at 7.30 pm. Refreshments will be served afterwards. All are welcome to attend this free event – why not bring a friend?

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HCDT

Hadas are represented on the Haddington Community Development Trust. We continue to help to deliver the aspirations and values of the Vision for Haddington Town Centre Project which underpins the work of the Trust.

More details about the Trust’s work can be found on their website trusthaddington.org.uk

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Humbie Hub

The Committee nominated the Humble Hub for a ‘My Place’ Civic Trust Award and were delighted when they received a much prised ‘commendation’ in recognition of the Hub’s positive impact on the local community. 

The Humbie Hub is the central focus for the village of Humbie community and has met with resounding success. The shop and post office have been transformed beyond recognition and new accommodation has been created for local businesses one of which provides high speed broadband for the community. In a short time, the Hub has become a favoured venue for outings for coffee or a light lunch, drawing visitors from all over the county. Facing many challenges, the owners have, with the full support and involvement of the community from this small rural settlement in East Lothian, created a new, vibrant and attractive facility for both residents and visitors to enjoy local produce, beautiful scenery and a warm and welcoming presence.  The Hub has brought people together in new and unexpected ways and offers a template to inspire other rural communities.

ARCHITECT / LEAD DESIGNER: Nicola Hall, Director, Lee Boyd
CLIENT: Patrick and Linda Flockhart

(taken from the Scottish Civic Trust Web site myplaceawards.org.uk)

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St Mary’s Pleasance

The Committee was pleased to support and sponsor the establishment of new sensory beds in St Mary’s Pleasance Garden at the heart of Haddington in 2016. These beds are part of the continued refurbishment and restoration of the garden by the St Mary’s Pleasance Garden Trust.

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AGM and Frank Tindall Memorial Lecture 2015

HADAS held its AGM and Annual Tindall Lecture on Wednesday 28th October 2015 at the Trinity Centre, Haddington.

Watch the video here.

You can read the minutes of the last AGM in October 2014 and the Chair's 2015 report by downloading the documents below.

The Annual Tindall Lecture was delivered by retired architect Ian Arnott. The title of the talk was 'Being Frank: Memoirs and Confesssions regarding Frank Tindall'.

Ian talked about his memories of Frank Tindall, former County Planning Officer for East Lothian - discussions, dealings and meetings with Frank in a variety of roles over a period of 46 years, between 1952 and the time of Frank's death in 1998.

Chair's report AGM 28 October 2015

Minutes of AGM 15 October 2014

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Clerkington Visit

In June 2015 the committee joined HADAS members and colleagues from the History Society and enjoyed an informative summer outing to Clerkington Estate. Owner Charles Stevenson provided an insightful tour of the property and revealed some of its colourful past.