Chairman's Notes

As most of you know, Wormestall Hall is being redeveloped from October and St Barts cannot make Luker Hall available to us consistently. We have therefore had to look for new accommodation for our lectures until the new school is built. I went to see many different venues, and the only one with the right combination of space, facilities, on-site support, parking, and cost is New Greenham Arts, Lindenmuth Way, New Greenham Park. Your Committee has therefore approved that we hold our lectures there from October. By coincidence, neither Luker nor Wormestall are available in February, so our first meeting in New Greenham Arts will be next month. Other meetings this year will be in either Luker or Wormestall - check before you set off!!

New Greenham Arts is easy to find.  There are two entrances to New Greenham Park, both clearly marked, two miles from the Tesco roundabout along the A339.  If you are coming from Newbury, enter the Park and turn right at the first roundabout; the venue is first on the right.  If you are coming from Headley or Kingsclere, enter the Park and turn left at the first roundabout.  The entrance closest to Newbury may be closed; in that case, use the second entrance.  There are excellent facilities and parking, and we are grateful to Greenham Common Trust for their support.  Please contact me if you have any concerns. If you would like to view a map go to the Links page and click on New Greenham Arts. I am currently in discussion with the school and hope to supply firm information on a return to its more central location in the July Newsletter.

Many of you will have heard of the sad death in September of Rex Hepburn, the husband of 58 years of our President, Mary Hepburn.  We offer her our heartfelt condolences.  The Association was represented at his funeral and has made a donation to one of his nominated charities.

Last year, thanks to the efforts of all our volunteers we made a record surplus of £6,500, which has been distributed as follows:

Basildon Park                      £1000    Furnishing of flat for long-term volunteer.

Grey’s Court                         £1000    Improved facilities for garden composting.

Hinton Ampner                       £500     New doors for tea room.

Hughenden Manor                 £500     Zychem machine to make tactile labels for visually impaired people.

Hughenden Manor                 £500     Coach grant scheme for children.

Mottisfont                              £1000     Information room in the walled garden.

Sandham Mem. Chapel     £1000     New equipment for humidity and temperature readings.

The Vyne                              £1000     Pumping of water for garden irrigation and water recycling.

We have tried the new system of inviting Property Managers to nominate the projects on which to spend our donation and we are pleased that they have used the money in such practical ways.

The new pick-up arrangements at the Rugby Club, with the option of the Wharf, seems to be working well and will be continued this year.  The Club prefers us to use the right-hand side of the car park.  Please note that if you make a late decision to park there, the £2 fee to our tour organiser should be paid by cheque.

We hope that you enjoy our 2010 programme, and I look forward to seeing you at our lectures and trips.

Anthony Pick, Chairman



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