Chairman’s Notes


As we look forward to 2020 I am pleased to announce that, once again, we have a full programme of talks, visits, a Spring lunch at the Esseborne Manor and the annual coffee morning. None of these events could take place without the hard work and time given by all our volunteers. Karen Eggleton has very kindly come forward and joined the Planning Committee and will be organising her first day trips during the year. Day trips are fun to organise, could you spare the time and help by joining the Planning Committee and organise a day trip or an extended visit? Contact Edna Wall, or any member of the Committee, if you would like further information. 

COMMITTEE VACANCIES

Succession Planning is very important for the future of the Association, many members of your committee have been in place for a number of years therefore, it is vital that members come forward and serve by shadowing existing committee members with the objective of taking over when a vacancy becomes available. 

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 supporter group. “SOMETHING MORE SUPPORTER GROUPS” information leaflets and membership application forms are available at the monthly meeting. 


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE MEETING VENUE)

The AGM will take place on Monday the 9th March at Deanwood Golf Club, Baydon Road, Stockcross, RG20 8JP. Please come along and participate as this gives members the opportunity to ask questions and vote for a possible alternative meeting venue and proposed donations to local National Trust properties. We have looked at the facilities at Deanwood as a possible alternative to our current meeting venue at St George the Martyr Andover Road. Your Committee has decided to ask the members to vote by a show of hands if they would like to change (from September 2020) to Deanwood Golf Club, or to remain at St George the Martyr.

For the second year running we will also be having the very popular members vote where members can vote by a show of hands for a proposed educational project. Last year the winner was Mottisfont by a large majority.                                              
We have a very full programme during the coming year, day trips are open to family and friends so please check with the organiser to make sure spaces are available. Non-members and friends are very welcome to come to the talks, entrance £3. The annual coffee morning will take place on Thursday 12th March at St Nicolas Church Hall, Newbury. We will require helpers and contributions.

May I wish you a very happy and healthy New Year.

Best wishes
KEITH SPIRES







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