Hello from the new President.
It was a great honour for me to take over from Tony Overland as President of the Kew Guild at the AGM held at the Jodrell Lecture Theatre on the 10th September.
Tony has worked tirelessly through the last year guiding the Guild through the choppy waters of constitutional change and financial constraints. It was therefore not surprising that we had a very lively set of discussions on things financial and particularly the increase in membership subscriptions.
These issues will be the basis of the work for the next 12 months for your board of trustees. We will hope to conclude our changes to the Guild’s constitution to that of the new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) by implementing the necessary adjustments during 2017.
We will be working hard to increase our income streams through attracting new members to the Guild and trying to get those members who have still to update their standing orders to do so. This is where all our membership can help. If everyone made it their target this year to get one of their colleagues / friends that are eligible to join the Guild to do so and those that have yet to update their standing order, also to do so, then the pressure on the Guild’s revenue finances will be greatly reduced.
Whilst your Board of Trustees will work throughout the year addressing the very necessary, but hardly exciting, day to day administration, we have not forgotten what the Guild is about for its membership. An exciting programme of events is being developed at the moment for 2017 by board members and coordinated by our Events Officer Pamela Holt.
At the moment they include:-
Snowdrops at Bennington Lordship Gardens near Stevenage.
6 – 8th April:
A three day visit to Guernsey to include Raymond Evison’s Clematis nursery, Saumarez Park and a collection of smaller private gardens.
12 – 13th May:
A trip to Exbury Gardens and Compton Acres.
Kew Guild Dinner 2017 at Cambridge Cottage, Kew Green.
24 – 25th June:
A weekend of horticultural and interesting sites inDevon.
12 – 13th August: A visit to Derbyshire including Chatsworth.
Whilst it is still early days in the planning of these visits it is worth noting the dates in your diaries so as not to miss the chance to enjoy these great visits in convivial company. If you haven’t been to one of the visits before, or it’s been a long time since you have joined us, make 2017 the year that you rectify this. Further details will be sent to members and updates placed on the Guild’s website, so keep an “eye open” for the developing information. You won’t be sorry!
I look forward to meeting up with you at one or more of the events over the next 12 months as we all share our passion for gardening with kindred spirits.
Alan J. Stuttard
President 2016 – 17