Chairman’s Notes

How quickly time passes, we are already over halfway through 2018, during which time we have had 3 Day Trips, 5 Lecture Meetings, 2 Theatre Visits, a Coffee Morning and our annual Spring Lunch.

We have now settled into our new meeting venue at St George the Martyr on the Andover Road and have invested in a new 8ft screen. If you have not been able to come along to one of our monthly meetings, the next one will be on Monday 10th September when Charles Clarke will give a talk on “The Rebirth of a Railway”. Non-members and friends are welcome to come along for a small entrance fee of £3. 

At the AGM on the 12th March members voted to donate £5000 to the following properties for their schools’ educational projects, £2000 to Winchester City Mill, £2000 to The Vyne, and £1000 to Sandham Memorial Chapel.


Michael Perkin and Anne Bennett have retired from the committee and we thank them for all their hard work. We welcome Catherine Pick to the Committee who will take over publicity from Anne Bennett, and Colin Waltho, who has replaced Michael Perkin as Lecture Programme Organiser, has also agreed to become Vice Chairman. We also welcome Rita Smith and Linda Myatt who will work as a team and organise day trips for the 2019 programme. Day trips and extended visits 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 if you would like further information.


In 2011 we decided to extend our fund-raising activities to include travel grants to local schools in West Berkshire and North Hampshire to pay for coach travel to National Trust Properties, and this grant scheme has been well received. This year we have given travel grants to Inkpen Primary, who went to Chedworth Roman Villa, and Lambourn Primary who recently went to Avebury Manor.   The Educational Visits for Schools budget has also been supported by donations from several local Charitable Trusts, who during 2017 donated £3700 towards this very important part of the Association's fund raising.


Spaces are still available on many of the day trips, please contact the organiser if you would like to make a booking, and just a reminder that non-members and friends are very welcome.   May I wish you a very enjoyable summer break, and I look forward to meeting you again at one of our Talks or on a Day Trip.

Best wishes.

Keith Spires

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