It’s a pleasure to be able to report on another successful year for our Supporters’ Group. We’ve had some excellent talks through the year and next year’s programme looks to be just as interesting. Please try to support these as we always get the best from our speakers when there are few empty seats! All our speakers mention that we are an excellent group to speak to and some comment on the “warm atmosphere” within the group. We include comments on our outings and delightful holiday in Cardiff later in the Newsletter, but “Thank You” to Paul for your organisation and also to all of you who have joined us on these occasions.
I’d like to give special thanks to everyone who came to the Cathedral Christmas Market and supported our stall. Our final total was around £900, the best ever. Thanks to Laurie for making his chutneys and marmalades (he tells me he makes them whilst Eileen is out at the hairdresser’s so may she continue to have beautiful hair!) Thanks go to Beryl for her flowers and decorations, Eileen for her “bits and pieces” and a great big “Thank You” to Olive and Thelma for their year of knitting, which proved a great draw. (A big success was their Choirboy Mice in their local purple robes, I suspect quite a few were popped into stockings!)
It has been good to allocate around £8,700 to National Trust projects in our East of England Region and we’ve been able to buy, or contribute to, many requests on their Wish List. We’ve had “Thank You” letters for:
- benches for the Walled Garden at Ickworth;
- hand tools for volunteers and Trial & Time Lapse cameras at Essex Countryside;
- Batwalk and tree winching equipment at Hatfield Forest;
- a wWork platform and lighting for Grange Barn, Coggeshall; and
- digital projector and garden signage for Lavenham Guildhall.
The letters assure us that our gifts are greatly appreciated and Alan can show you the letters at the AGM on Wednesday, 8 March, when we welcome Paul Forecast from the East of England Regional Office as our speaker. Please be especially kind to him as he has agreed to speak to us on his birthday!
Finally my thanks to the Committee for all their hard work during the year; most of them have “gone beyond the call” to cover illness etc. And to every one of you I’m grateful for your continued interest and support; we couldn’t function without you and I trust you’ve enjoyed your year with us. Please continue to offer your suggestions!