Some things are going well. We have had a lot of activities in the last few months. Outings have been well attended and the lectures season is taking place. The walking group still regularly check the footpaths of Gloucestershire and local hostelries. The joint study day with North Cotswold took place on a warm sunny day at Croome last month. The highlight of this month, the Xmas meal, is on the near horizon!

We are succeeding in reducing our basic costs in key areas. At the same time, we have invested in an up-to-date membership leaflet to circulate to promote ourselves. We are reviewing the location and times of our lectures for 2018/19 and have our subcommittee structure and roles sorted out and approved.

All seems fine, but, (there is always one) we need more volunteers to help with our activities and we need to encourage more NT members to join. Please do your bit as lots of National Trust members, even property volunteers, are not aware that supporter groups like ours exist!

In some areas we are dependent on one or maybe two key people to organise our activities. If they give up and they do over time, we have a serious problem.

We can find roles now for any new volunteers from our membership to suit their talents and interests There are roles at home helping in the background, or if you want to get more actively involved, the opportunities are seemingly endless. You can help out for as little or for as much time as you have to spare. 

Contact me or any of our officers, in confidence, if you are interested.

Having got that off my chest I will go and lie down in a dark corner. I hope to see as many of you as possible at the Christmas lunch later in the month. Enjoy it!
 Bill Cronin, Chairman.



                                ELIZABETH MILLMAN — April 1922- November 2017

Elizabeth Millman, who has recently died, had been an active member of this Centre for very many years, probably from at least the 1980s.  She was made a life member after her retirement from the Lectures and Indoor events committee in 2004.  She and her friend, Ruth Stenning, were for many years the friendly team, who took the money and welcomed members to all the indoor lectures, but she also served the Centre in many other ways.  Back in the 1970s and 80s a photographic competition was held at Members Day in February each year and Elizabeth was a regular helper at that, helping to set up most of the stands.  She and Ruth also held sales of craft goods made by members, which raised a good amount of money for the Centre.  A self-deprecating lady, she was an amazing person, in her time having been an all round sportswoman who had played tennis for her county.  She also completed a long-desired trip to the Antarctica, with her daughter, to celebrate her 90th birthday.




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