AGM – 21 October
Thanks to all our guests at the AGM this year – for attending, and for their many encouraging comments. And apologies for delaying the start while retrieving the meeting’s essentials (Village Stores wine, and glasses) from ‘the wrong car’. I won’t bore you with the details.
We reported another happy year in all kinds of ways. Total income for 2009/10 was £4,529 – higher than last year due to increased takings at the Fete.
The Carol Evening, Quiz Night, and Film Night in October were all sell outs, too. So it meant we paid out record grants to village organisations of £4,182, and also jointly funded with Fairthorne Trust the purchase of Christmas hampers for the elderly in the village.
Our purpose isn’t just to make money, however. We aim to help people enjoy the village community in many different ways. The committee works hard to provide the infrastructure for events, but they only happen with the help of hundreds of others.
Take the Dobbins for example, who last year lent us their garden for the Fete. That ‘loan’ entails an extraordinary amount of work for Jenny and David in preparing the garden, liasing with the committee for months beforehand, and helping from early morning in the set up to a mass clear up in the evening on the day of the Fete.
There are far too many others who help us throughout the year to mention by name. Perhaps the best thing is to focus our thoughts on just one person, Norman Large – a quiet symbol of our wide network of contributors. We lost Norman this year of course. How we will miss his expertise at the piano for our Carol Evening. Norman never asked for thanks, but just knew what was needed, year in, year out. Thank you Norman.
The committee itself has had a stable year in terms of personnel, with just three new members. So I’m delighted to report that Helen Baines, Julie Carr, Frank Farquharson, David Fox, Andy Lewis, Ann Linton and Amanda Potter were re-elected, and John Burdass, Susannah Mangion and Kelly Sherwood elected for the first time. The Chairman, Secretary (Sue Booth) and Treasurer (James Davys) were also re-elected. Our Honorary Auditor, Jim Sanger, has again very kindly agreed to offer his services for this year.
Film Evening (Brightwell BAFTAs) – Saturday 16 October
When Helen Baines suggested some kind of film festival for our October event, there were plenty of reasons to be nervous. Would we get enough films? Would they be good enough? Would anyone want to watch them? The answer was yes, yes and yes. Film has obviously touched a creative nerve in Brightwell – for the young, not so young, and every kind of interest group. 22 amazing films made this event exceptional. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make it a success, from film-makers to designers to cooks and clearers up.
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