Surely a record turnout at the AGM this year – with many helpful and supportive words from our guests to our committee. We reported a very pleasing year in 2008/9. The Fete in July showed another bumper performance with best ever profits of £3,430. The Carol Evening, Quiz Night, and Mamma Mia Singalong in October were all sell outs. We thanked the Sangers for hosting the Fete, providing so much of the hard graft needed in preparation, as well as lending us their garden. The committee itself must take a bow for contributing so much to other events – with Andy Lewis and Helen Baines deserving special thanks for their creative efforts at the Carol Evening and Mamma Mia, and Caroline Oakley and Amanda Potter for master minding the catering.
Outside the committee, we rely on a number of very special ‘friends’. There is Derek Brooker, who slaves away in the kitchen producing gallons of mulled wine every year for the Carol Evening, and John Burdass who provides our technology comfort blanket at every event. We should also thank Norman Large, ever ready at the piano at the Carol Evening, and Lynn Burridge, who works so hard on the hampers distributed by the Scouts in the village at Christmas, using Carol Evening profits. And so it goes on.
Once again, we reported a healthy bank surplus for the year, with reserves at £6,770 and another £2,000 accrued for church building and maintenance plans. £5,162 was distributed as grants to village activities and clubs during the year. Finally, it was an evening for saying goodbye to stalwart committee members. We have been trying to introduce new people to the committee for a number of years, and now we have started to do so, with Helen Baines, Sue Booth, Julie Carr and Ann Linton joining in the last 18 months. Joan Brewer, Sue Myatt, Caroline Oakley and Maureen Tarry stood down as members this year, with our most grateful thanks for their long service. Meanwhile, Madeline Sanger resigned as secretary. Madeline has been an amazing secretary, taking on many of the committee’s duties single-handedly. We will miss her greatly. She came back once after retiring, so we live in hope. The Chairman and Treasurer (James Davys) were re-elected, with all other current Committee members: Helen Baines, Sue Booth, Julie Carr, Frank Farquharson, David Fox, Andy Lewis, Ann Linton, Amanda Potter, and Tony Stapleton. Sue Booth was elected Secretary.
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