Chairman’s Notes


In the January newsletter, I mentioned four Committee vacancies which will arise at our 2012 AGM next March. Two of these have been filled, but the other two – Membership Secretary and Newsletter Compiler - have not. Both positions involve the use of a computer with standard Microsoft software. The Membership Secretary keeps and reports on membership records and collects subscriptions. He/she also advises the Committee on the arrangement of coffee mornings to welcome new members. The Newsletter Compiler gathers together the information for our newsletter twice a year, compiles it, arranges for it to be proof-read, and sends it to be printed. When the printed version returns, he/she sees that it goes to post. Further details of both jobs are given in the ‘job ads’ later in this Newsletter.

These positions are obviously essential for the running of this Association, and if they are not filled we will not be able to continue. It is your Association, so I request that you: “Ask not what your Association can do for you but instead ask what you can do for your Association.” Please will you seriously consider if you could do either of these jobs, or know of someone who could, and contact June Hearsey or Ian Hopper.

Last year we achieved our most successful financial result, and we will be donating £7500 to National Trust projects at Basildon Park, Greys Court, Hughenden Manor, Mottisfont Abbey, Sandham Memorial Chapel, The Vyne, and Winchester City Mill.  This is a great tribute to the efforts of all our volunteers and to your consistent support.  In addition, we are grateful to acknowledge a donation of £1000 from the Cardy Beaver Foundation towards projects at The Vyne.

Now that the new St Bartholomews School building is open, we are trying it out as a meeting venue for September to December this year.  The location is the 6th Form study area (which is quite large) on the first floor.  The entrance to the new school building remains in Buckingham Road and there is good car parking.  The first floor can be reached by stairs or a lift.  There are advantages to both this venue and New Greenham Arts, our venue for the last year, and later on we shall decide which to use in 2012.  Both have kindly agreed to keep the 2012 meeting dates open. Go to the links page for the website address and follow links to the map of the new building.

In March, Jenny Griffiths retired from the Committee after five years service.  I thank her for her support on the Committee and with our public coffee mornings.  As you will see from the ‘Event’ and ‘For Your Diary’ entries in this Newsletter, Edna, Angela and Alice will be keeping our coffee morning activities going.  I also wish to thank David Lawson for his consistent support looking after our lecture equipment for very many years.

The tour leaders have asked that reply-paid stamped addressed envelopes should be at least 22 cm x 11 cm (8½ in. x 4½ in.) in size and should be correctly stamped, in order to ensure that replies are sent out promptly.  Please also remember to include your postcode on your envelopes and booking slip to avoid delays.

You will see in the “Future Events” section that we will be holding a Sunday lunch to celebrate our 30th Anniversary in 2012.  It is likely that other celebratory activities will be held but it is too early yet for me to reveal any details. 

I look forward to seeing you all again in September after a relaxing summer.

Anthony Pick, Chairman





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