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Friday, 10 November 2017

24th Friends AGM 9.11.17

We had a very well attended, successful AGM last night at Swindon Dance, the business was conducted quite quickly, and I'll summarise changes - two of our committee moved on to other things this year. We were sorry to lose John Walsh who had been on the committee for many years, and compiled and edited the Journal until a couple of years ago. The Journal was taken over by Vice Chair Ray Ward, and has now been taken over by Ian Wilkins who will produce the Christmas Journal. On becoming a Councillor, and then also a Parish Councillor, it was fairly obvious that Jane Milner-Barry would have to leave the committee, Jane was a wonderful secretary of the Friends, she is replaced by Rosemary Savage who is a wonderful replacement for Jane. Rosemary and Martin also run the bar at talks which is fabulous.
We have two new members on the committee: Rachel Voyce who is going to be helping us with fundraising, and Simon Gale, our new membership secretary.
From the voting, we moved fairly swiftly onto Power Point presentations summing up the year's activities. I sent Mike Bradley photographs and he converted them into stories about what we'd been doing. For better photos, or more information about the events, please look back at blog posts.
 I have photographed the Power Point presentation and then sent them at low resolution, so many are quite hard to read, they give you an idea of what went on. I've put the photo of the committee first, and got a higher resolution copy of that:

 There's an error here, opening hours increased this year from 16 to 35 hours
 Onto Paul Gregory for financial news:



 Information about talks, these were organised by Katie Ackrill who was unable to be with us last night, so introduced by Ray Ward. The year started well with Christopher Le Brun and then David Ferry
 Onto Jennie Anderson, Prof Gill Clarke and Stef Vincent
 Cathy Lomax in September and Peter Waldron last month
 We had four wonderful days out, to Madresfield Court
 Hauser and Wirth
 Watts Gallery
 and Chavenage House
 We also were involved with the trip to Rabley to help spread the word about the new museum and art gallery to Rabley Friends.
 We've still got 2 talks to come in 2017
 and next year:
 Flyers for next year will be available as soon as we can get all dates finalised



 Out with the model..


 There was more, please see next blog post for even more slides, and to join the Friends, please visit our website

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