Tollgate Hall, Stanway. Saturday, 19th March 2005.
Chairman: Chris Jenkinson. Just over 40 people were present.
Minutes of the AGM of 2004 and accounts for the year 2004 were circulated.
The past year has been our best ever in terms of raising money: our total was just over £10000. The biggest single contribution was from the Primrose Festival at Bypass Nurseries in February 2004, yielding £955.44 net from the stall and a further £1905.13 from Bypass Nurseries. Unfortunately it will be some years before we can hope to repeat this. We managed 10 collections at supermarkets and North Station, giving a total of £3863.60, and Maria Fremlin raised £1117.70 by supplying her kefir culture in exchange for donations. Tony and Bridget Farley collected £718.70 by taking their barrel organ to fetes and other occasions, even though Tony suffered throughout the year from back pain. A wonderful effort from some very special people.
We have had some sad losses; Stan Angier and Doris Church during 2004, and since then Philip Miller has also died. Stan Angier was a stalwart supporter of the group for over 30 years, providing leadership, hard work and money from his own pocket.
Among the present committee, I should like to single out for our thanks Janet Saunders, who has been Welfare Officer for the last three years.
[A basket of flowers was presented to Janet by Martin Bennett.]
|Chairman||Chris Jenkinson||David Fremlin, Jan Jarman|
|Secretary||David Fremlin||Jan Jarman, Janet Saunders|
|Treasurer||Chris Jenkinson||David Fremlin, Janet Saunders|
|Welfare||Janet Saunders||Jan Jarman, Norman Saunders|
|Committee||Maria Fremlin||Chris Jenkinson, David Fremlin|
|Jan Jarman||" "|
|Beryl Leeks||" "|
|Sue Wood||" "|
|Tricia Stewart||" "|
The Chairman reported that we have a booklet listing useful appliances for the disabled. Terry Robinson continues to be based at Addenbrookes. Unfortunately the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign no longer has funds to support her, and during this year she will progressively transfer to an NHS position; but she should still be able to help Muscular Dystrophy sufferers with advice on equipment and sources of funding. Note that most GPs have little experience in these matters and anyone getting equipment is advised to consult Terry first.
I represent "Oakseed", a self-help group for disabled people which has been going for 5 years. We aim to build people's confidence and get them into employment. We try to offer suitable projects for training in skills which will help them to get work, start a business or proceed to further training. We also give advice on benefit entitlements. We too are short of committee members, and would welcome new members with new ideas!