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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Our AGM held 24.11.16

There's always a concern about the AGM, it must reflect what the Friends have been doing over the last year, including the financial situation from April to April which is slightly confusing since everything else is about what we've been doing since the last AGM.
We had 36 people at last year's event, and this year more were expected to attend because the membership has increased and Hadrian Ellory-van Dekker had said he would unveil the plans for the new museum and art gallery during his speech. Given the restrictions on the gallery at the museum, we took the unprecedented step of hiring the Dance Studio at Swindon Dance in the Town Hall building in Regent Circus. It was perfect and seated the 61 people who attended very comfortably.
Above the auditorium is filling up nicely.
This year we had a slide show with several different members of the committee coming and talking about the year in general, past talks and trips and what we're looking forward to this year. Martin Newman talked about the survey results, followed by Sophie Cummings talking about her year, and then as mentioned already, Hadrian unveiled the plans. They will be on display to the public from December 8 so it was fabulous to have a preview, everyone there was asked to keep them a secret.
I didn't photograph everyone because it seemed a bit intrusive, but here's Ray Ward
and Hadrian
The presentations will be published as soon as I get them on here, although you'll have to wait until after December 8 for Hadrian's.
The very successful AGM was followed by the amazing Paul Murdin, photos to follow on the next blog soon.


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