We welcomed, as arranged, NT Director General Hilary McGrady to our February Meeting, who gave us an interesting, informative and illustrated presentation. She answered many questions from our members.
The AGM at the March Meeting went smoothly and the committee was re-elected en bloc. Our outgoing president David Simmonds received a tribute and a presentation. Former Chairman Jackie Arnot was elected as our new President. Further card presentations were made to outgoing webmaster Keith Otter and to Laurie Boyall, Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson for their knitted goods for the Christmas Market. The move to Trinity Methodist Church (“TMC”) is proving to be very successful. We have been made very welcome by Janet Wintle of TMC who was presented with a floral tribute and card on behalf of C&D NT SG.
Hatfield Forest volunteer David Simmonds introduced the new Manager, James Rowland, and Ranger Kim Goodall, who outlined the current situation and future plans. Subsequently we have received the first issue of the interesting Hatfield Herald newsletter which mentions our gift of £5,035. This was followed by David presenting an illustrated talk on early visitors to Hatfield Forest
At the last evening meeting in April our speaker was Yvonne Lawrence, who gave an interesting and informative illustrated talk on the History of Chelmsford High Street. It was good to have >Essex CC Councillor Anthony McQuiggan, Chelmsford City Council Deputy Leader Marie Goldman and Councillor Richard Hyland at some of our meetings.
Paul Chaplin took me on the recces in advance of the coach trips which were enjoyed by all the travelling members and guests. Namely Grimsthorpe Castle, Runnymede and Hatchlands, Stratfield Saye and Blenheim. All thanks to Paul Chaplin for his successful organisation including pre-booking of refreshments.
Thanks to Jackie Arnot for arranging/organising our tables for the first Summer Fair at Chelmsford Cathedral on the 1st July. Again, Olive and Thelma provided a wide range of knitted goods. I noticed Olive and Thelma were busy knitting on one of the coach trips. Beryl came with her used books and the event raised over £200.00. Thanks to all who contributed. A bonus was awareness to the visitors to our tables of C&D NT SG.
Paul Chaplin very ably organised and made all the arrangements for the C&D NT SG Holiday based in Salisbury and twenty-seven members enjoyed the variety of visits. Please see the report on the Programme page of this website.
I would like as usual to thank all the committee members for their varying contributions and members for their participation and support of our events.
Our C&D NT SG needs a new Webmaster after the retirement of Keith Otter. I would be very pleased to hear from any member who would be prepared to take on this role or to recommend somebody.