Chairman’s Notes

As Carol Wood is moving away to be nearer her family she has resigned from the position of our Membership Secretary.  We thank Carol for coming forward for election to that position and for the good work she has done for the Association. We are very pleased that June Hearsey is now well and fortunate that she is willing to return to the Committee as Membership Secretary. We are grateful also that June and Geoffrey will continue hosting the welcoming coffee mornings for new members. 

Members continue to benefit the National Trust by participating in our activities. As agreed at our Annual General Meeting, from the funds we raised in 2012 we made donations to projects at the following properties:   £2,000 to restoring the old kitchen at Basildon Park, £1,000 for garden benches at Chastleton House,  £1,500 to produce and install interpretation boards in the grounds of Hughendon Manor, £1,500 for the new children’s secret garden at Greys Court and £2,000  for play equipment and materials to engage families and encourage exploration and discovery by children at Stowe.  

We attach great value to educational visits and activities and, as agreed at the Annual General Meeting, we continue to support school trips to our properties by occasionally subsidising their transport from our Education Fund. This consists of contributions from sponsors interested in donating specifically to that Fund. Recent visits were made by Falkland Primary School to Studland and Bramley Primary School to The Vyne. The National Trust website indicates where properties link in with subjects in the National Curriculum. Teachers have expressed their appreciation and pupils have produced drawings, paintings and notes recording their experiences and learning.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and there will be national focus on our local property, Sandham Memorial Chapel. To ensure its legacy, the Sandham 2014 Project will include developments to improve conservation, visitor experience and promote greater involvement and engagement with the community.  There is an update on the project in this newsletter. Our Association will be participating and providing support.

We have a full and varied programme of visits, tours and talks again this year, for which we thank our organisers, and we hope members will enjoy many of them.

Best wishes to all for the New Year.


Gerald Orbell                                             

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