Weather-wise it’ls been a disappointing summer but we’ve managed to enjoy all the days out so far. As I write it’s the night before we set off for Hughenden Manor and the forecast is pretty appalling! Nevertheless we anticipate a good time and it means we are able to raise money for our group to buy items on the next “Wish List” for the Eastern Region. Thank you all for being such fun to travel with and willingly being “ticked off” by me!
Referring to the “wish list” I thought you would like to know how we distributed the £4,556 we raised last financial year. We gave £250 towards a rear entry hide at Blakeney, Borne Mill a £356 contribution towards 50 things to do before you are 11 and 3/4 - school holiday activities, Coggeshall Grange Barn £1,000 towards lighting equipment for weddings and functions, and a set of Sheep Hurdles for Hatfield Forest at £600. “Releasing the Sutton Hoo Story” is a large project to which we gave £400, and £450 to Wicken Fen for five GPS devices for many activities. At Wimpole we bought two trees, a Hawthorn and a Field Maple (Nos 57 and 58 in the wood) for £500, and finally the Royal Theatre Bury St Edmunds £1,000 towards enhancing the outside space. It was heartening to read the many thank you letters we received which spurs us on to continue raising money for the NT.
I was sorry to have no new volunteers to our Committee after my plea at the AGM. We really do need to train up some younger folk to begin to help with Committee jobs. Meanwhile we are very grateful to the folk who support the Committee like Laurie Boyall with preserves and auditing, Keith Otter on our website (You’e welcome!) and Thelma and Olive who knit so beautifully for our Christmas Fayre.
If you have a talent you could share (even if you hate the idea of being on a committee!) we would love to chat with you.
Our Holiday to the Cardiff area begins on Monday, 12 September, and then our first Wednesday evening meeting on 21 September is “The History of Hoffman’s in Chelmsford” when we look forward to welcoming Stephen Norris as a new speaker. You’ll notice that the December meeting is “The Victorian Christmas” as a result of requests to ask Andrew Davies to travel from London once more.
Please note the date of The Cathedral Christmas Market in your diaries: Saturday, 3 December, from 9.30am – 2.30pm. Please support this event, it is our biggest fund-raiser for the National Trust, and the Cathedral provides delicious refreshments and lunches at a very reasonable cost as a bonus. The event is always very friendly with various entertainments through the day and there are many bargains to be had!
It just remains for me to thank all our members for their support for both our outings and our talks. If you have ideas for either we are always keen to hear from you. I add a sincere and grateful “Thank You” to the Committee who work so hard during the year to continue to make our Supporter Group such a success.