Dear Kewites and Friends,
It hardly seems like twelve months since past President Jean Griffins’ Christmas Newsletter. My Presidential year started with new challenges and opportunities. The Trustees have met twice since the AGM and I am happy to report that the final pieces of the very complicated CIO changeover are now almost in place. We have retained the services of our Charity Lawyer to see us through this last few stages and the transfer of assets to the new Guild Charity is well underway. I will continue to keep you updated on progress, but we are all looking forward to the new arrangements which will see real benefits for the Guild and its members.
One of the benefits will be the opening up of the membership to anyone who has an interest in furthering the purposes of the Guild. This may be an individual, a corporate body, or an organization which is not incorporated. Each new application will be carefully considered to ensure that the Guilds purposes are upheld. You will note that the membership description has been amended in the website to reflect the new status. We have a new application form which can be obtained from Jean Griffin at email@example.com. I am pleased to report that the membership fees remain fixed for 2019.
In December we hosted a supper in Kew for the First Year Diploma students. This year has seen a cohort of international students and we look forward to them as active members of the Guild. Jean Griffin is providing invaluable support for the students at the Kew Mutual Society events.
We have some exciting new initiates for the coming year which I hope you will be able to support. More later. The events planned for 2019 will commence with a visit to the famous Snowdrop Gardens at Colesbourne Park.
DATES FOR YOR DIARY – Events 2019
16 February. Colesbourne Park. Snowdrop time. This event is now fully booked.
12 April. Highgrove. A planned visit to HRH famous garden in Gloucestershire. We are currently negotiating with the Royal Household and full details will be sent in the New Year.
22 May. Annual Dinner at Kew. Invitations to be sent in the New Year.
8/9 June. South Hertfordshire Gardens. More details to follow.
6/7 July. Downe House, Kent. Proposed visit to Darwin’s house together with Sussex gardens. More details to follow.
7 September. An event in conjunction with the AGM at Kew. Watch this space.
We will continue to provide full details well in advance of the event date so that you can take the opportunity to book early and avoid disappointment. For those members who have not yet participated in the events I would urge you to book one as they are enriching, entertaining and educational and a good opportunity to meet up with old friends and colleagues.
We welcome our new archivist Janette Ames. Astrid Purton has moved to France and was unable to continue but Janette has stepped in to take her place and we are very much look forward to working with her.
Work continues with the upgrading and improving of the website and members articles can be sent to the Secretary for consideration – firstname.lastname@example.org .
Kew Guild Journal
The editor of the Journal, Sparkle Ward, has given a deadline for Events of 2018 Journal copy as 31st January 2019. please send any contributions to email@example.com. We are also keen to receive comments and ideas from the membership which can be sent in the first instance to the Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also email any ‘News of Kewites’ and any photos to Pamela Holt at email@example.com.
Finally, I would like to thank all the Trustees and Advisors for giving me their continued support.
I wish you all every happiness and prosperity for Christmas and the New Year particularly to our oversees friends.
Best wishes, Peter Styles. Floreat Kew