AIM marked the Society’s 10th Anniversary at their meeting on Thursday 19th September with a specially designed cake and sparkling wine. The Garden Room was decorated with brightly coloured anniversary balloons and there was a display illustrating the Society’s work.
John Laker gave a short speech, remembering the founding of AIM by twenty five people, all of who were still members, many of them present that evening. Peter Ricketts (AIM member number 2) then cut the cake (see photograph).
Since 2003 the Society had grown and there were now 40 members. Over the decade about 80 talks and over a dozen visits had been arranged. Three archaeological investigations had been completed at Happy Valley, one at Emmetts’ Farm, one at the SAS Institute, a project to date the bricks of Marlow buildings of unknown date, an investigation into and the recording of ’burgage plots’ in Marlow and ‘possible Roman roads’ had been researched. The ROMADAM (Recording of Marlow and District’s Ancient Monuments) Project had been conducted, sponsored by the Local Heritage Initiative, and its results published in a book (on sale in Marlow’s TIC and WH Smiths). Since 2010 investigations had been ongoing at Warren Wood, Little Marlow. Around 60 newsletters had been produced and six leaflets. Two articles had been published in Records of Bucks. It had been a busy ten years!
John thanked members for their support, Burgers for donating a wonderful cake (see photograph) and Sainsbury’s for their gift of Cava for that evening’s celebration.
Andy Ford thanked John for all he had done for the Society and was delighted to report that John had been shortlisted for a Wycombe District Council Community Volunteer of the Year Award for his work for AIM.