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
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.