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Trustee Vacancies

CLASP urgently requires new people both from inside and outside of the charity to be appointed as Trustees. Not only are we seeking people for the general function of Trustee but we also require individuals who, as Trustees, can bring added value with specific skills to enhance the knowledge and decision making of the Board of Trustees. Some of the areas that we require support in are charity management, law, finance, human resources and technology.

The Trustees have recently finalised the role description and personal competencies for the office of Trustee, this document is displayed below, special competencies are shown separately at the end. If you are interested in becoming a Trustee and consider that you have additional skills to offer then do not hesitate to tell us.

Persons interested in being considered for the role of Trustee should contact me directly at:-

Dave Hayward

Chair Trustees
18th January 2020

CLASP Field Centre Club


about this new scheme to help finance the Field Centre, and let us know whether or not you would wish to participate.

CLASP Membership extended to 16/17 year olds: new Safeguarding Policy

CLASP Trustees have agreed this week a new safeguarding policy for children and young persons: Safeguarding Policy 181119

As a result of this we have agreed to open membership to 16 and 17 year olds, who with the permission of their parents/ guardians, may become CLASP members for a reduced membership fee of £5 per annum.

Younger children may participate in our activities providing they are accompanied by their parent/ guardian who must be a CLASP member.

Hopefully this will encourage younger people to see archaeology as both a hobby and possibly a future career.


Successful 2019 AGM and Open Meeting

A message from Dave Hayward, Chair of Trustees.

I am pleased to report that the AGM at Harpole this week was well attended and a success. Apart from the usual formalities of the AGM itself Rob Close and myself gave a presentation on some future challenges that CLASP will have to face. More details later.

The public Open Meeting heard presentations from Fred Kay on interpreting geophysics and Stephen Young on CLASP’s work in 2019 at Nether Heyford and Bannaventa.

Thank you to all who helped make the evening such a success, not least the members of Harpole Heritage Society for the cakes and drinks.

CLASP Annual Report 2019

Here is the annual report of the Board of Trustees, subject to adoption at the AGM.

CLASP Annual Report 2019

HS2 in Northants – talk, 25th September

(Please note the change of venue)

On Wednesday 25th September 2019 CLASP is hosting a talk by the lead archaeologists responsible for the archaeological investigations on the HS2 route in Northamptonshire.

The talk will also include a report on the affected built heritage.

Start time is 14.30hrs, at the Baptist Church Rooms, The Green, Nether Heyford, NN7 3LE.

Admission is free but we would welcome a small donation to cover our costs of room hire etc.

If you would like to attend please email Dave Hayward.

Public Meeting, 9th October 2019

Open Meeting 2019 Poster

CLASP Trustees Rules

CLASP Trustees Rules adopted 20/07/19 (password protected)

Artefacts & container moved to CLASP Field Centre

From Dave Hayward, Chair of CLASP Trustees:

At last we have all of our artefacts and our shipping container moved to the new Field Centre from its previous home at Whitehall Farm. This means that we are now complete at our new home and we can move forward with a stable life to develop both our members and our future research programme. As Chair of Trustees I am keen to see not only our existing members participating in this future but also as many new members as we can recruit.

Can I also thank all of you that were involved with the move of a seemingly endless line of dirty boxes of artefacts onto and off of the lorry between the two sites. It is probably fair to say that there were more boxes than what we had estimated – there did seem many painful backs by the end of the day! (At least a couple of boxes came complete with old mouse nests!)

I anticipate photos of the event will follow.

Heyford Books have posted a video of the move on the CLASP Facebook page

CLASP AGM, Wednesday 9th October

Annual General Meeting of CLASP

All members of CLASP are warmly invited to this meeting, to be held at
Harpole Bowls Club, Larkhall Lane, Harpole, NN7 4DP,
7 p.m. on Wednesday 9th October 2019


1. Apologies for absence
2. Receive and approve the Minutes of the 2018 AGM
3. Matters arising
4. Report by the Chair of Trustees
5. Report by the Treasurer
6. Report by the Chair of the Organising Committee
7. Any other business – to be notified to the Chair of Trustees prior to the start of the meeting and should be urgent and non-controversial

Non-members coming to the Public Meeting are welcome to attend this first part, which will give an idea of CLASP’s organisational structure.

The meeting will be brief and will be followed by the public meeting with talks about CLASP’s activities, field work, excavations – and future needs.

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