As most of you know, from last year’s AGM, this was to have been my last message to you as Chairman. However, many folk have asked me to stay on for one more year so that a new Chairman can be found. We have discussed this at length at our last Committee Meeting and I have agreed that if it is the will of our members this is what I will do with one proviso: We MUST have at least two new committee members join us. All but one of our Committee have stayed far beyond the length recommended by the National Trust and if we were all to follow their guidelines, we would have to close the group, as some groups have had to do in the past. I am positive that none of us would want this to happen; we all enjoy the work we do for the Trust, our evening meetings together and the outings Paul works so hard to provide.
We are a very happy lot, our Committee meetings are friendly and informal but the work gets done! Please consider whether you could shadow folk on the Committee, try us out to see whether you could fit in, and bring new ideas to try. I really can promise you that we’d never say “No, we don’t do it that way”; we’re much more likely to say “Yes, let’s give it a go!” We are looking for inspiration and new thoughts and Paul will need a new person to do the “Ticking Off”. Does anyone fancy this? Please let me know what you think and a big “Thank You” to those who have already done so.
We’ve had another great year with interesting speakers from whom we’ve learned a lot of facts, very warm outings, our President’s Day at Paycocke’s and a delightful holiday to Tiverton in Devon.
Thank you to everyone who supported our stall at the Cathedral Christmas Market, with special thanks to Thelma and Olive for their knitting and crafts and Laurie for his preserves. The total of £1,312.20 was quite amazing, and another word of thanks must once more go to the Committee who willingly do so much behind the scenes. I must also thank Keith Otter for his mastery of the Supporter Group Website. [You’re welcome!]
For our AGM we hope to have a sheepdog from Hatfield Forest when the shepherd will be explaining his work as part of the evening - we have only to complete the Risk Assessment!
You’ll see from the programme that we have lots of interesting talks planned and if you’re anything like me you’ll find that the talk you don’t really fancy is the one you thoroughly enjoy!
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