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Fallbrook Update 37


After some preliminary communications with Michael Breward of the U of G School of Business, Michael  advised me for the winter semester he he was unable to find a student with the appropriate skills to assist with the development of a business plan.  We agreed that I would advise him if any further assistance from the School would required later in the year.  About this same time in early February we became aware of a Halton Hills resident who was interested in exploring the possibility of restoring the house to a state that it could again be used as a residence.  Over the last few weeks the sub committee appointed to explore this possibility has been meeting with the interested party and town officials.  It quickly became evident that the site preservation and the house restoration was an undertaking that would require visioning and planning, a great deal of time, many more hands and minds with various skill sets, and the support of numerous levels of government and various government agencies.  The Halton Hills resident noted above (Kate Murray) had indicated from the beginning that she was willing to work on the Friends of Fallbrook committee if we were interested.  Her business background, government agency experience and contacts were very helpful as we moved ahead.  On Tues Apr. 13th our committee met with the CAO of Halton Hills, two Town Councilors, two representatives of Credit Valley Conservation, and a representative of the Niagara Escarpment Commission.

We advised them of our recent accomplishments and vision.  We met at the Devereaux House on Trafalgar Rd in Georgetown.  This home is a wonderful example of a historically significant building that was slated for demolition however through the work of a local resident's group, the building and it's interior have been restored to period.  It is now used for small meetings and special events along with the upper floor being rented by the local soccer club for office administration. 

As this email is becoming much longer than I expected I will share a few of the accomplishments noted in our document, and offer to answer any further question that might remain.
 
The organization has been remained North Halton Celtic Historical Society we have applied for non-profit incorporation through the Ontario Heritage Society.
 
Plans are underway to Re-invigorate group membership, develop a business case including plans for fundraising, promotion, community involvement.
 
The vision states.
 
"The Vision of the North Halton Celtic Historical Society is to preserve, maintain and restore where appropriate, the unique historical characteristics of Fallbrook House.  It is also to develop a strong organization that will ensure Fallbrook House and its surrounding historical sites will be self-supporting and made accessible to all residents of and visitors to Halton Hills.  Recognizing and honouring the significant contribution of the first Scottish, Irish and Welsh immigrants to this area will enhance our community."
 
Thanks again for your ongoing support.

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