Chairman’s Notes


It has been a very busy 2018, with talks, visits, a Spring lunch at the Esseborne Manor and a very successful coffee morning. None of this could have happened without the hard work of all the volunteers who have generously given their time organising these Events, however, we still require volunteers to come forward to organise day trips and an extended visit. Contact Edna Wall or me, if you would like further information.

We should also welcome any members interested in joining the Committee, as we need to ensure that vacancies are filled for the future success of the Newbury Association.


MEMBERSHIP

We are just about maintaining the membership numbers by giving out information packs to visitors who come to our talks. We find that National Trust members are not always aware that a local Association is available with a full programme of activities. Could you please help to increase the membership by making your friends, relatives, and other contacts who are National Trust members aware of what is available to them by joining the Newbury Association? We now have a National Trust “Supporter Group” information leaflet which can be given out to potential new members.  “Something More Supporter Groups” information leaflets and a membership application form will be available at future meetings.

 
AFTERNOON THEATRE GROUP
 
The Afternoon Theatre Group is now in its 5th year and has proved to be very popular with members.  A further 4 theatre visits are being planned for 2019. Information and booking slips are sent out to members between Newsletters so if you would like to receive regular details please fill in “The Expression of Interest Slip” which you will find in your Newsletter and send it to me with 4 s.a.e. 

 
EDUCATIONAL VISITS FOR SCHOOLS

During 2018 we have given coach travel grants to Inkpen, Cold Ash St Mark's, and Lambourn Primary Schools who all made visits to Chedworth Roman Villa (very popular with local school groups). We also gave a travel grant to Hermitage Primary School who recently made a visit to Sandham Memorial Chapel. 

During 2019 we have planned a very full programme of talks and visits, a Spring Lunch, and our Annual Coffee Morning which I hope will be well received and supported by the members.   

 
Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.


KEITH SPIRES


 
 

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