Tollgate Hall, Stanway. Saturday, 31st March 2007.
Chairman: Chris Jenkinson. About 35 people were present.
Minutes of the AGM of 2006 and accounts for the year 2006 were circulated. No matters were raised for discussion.
During the year we lost three members; Marion Salmon, Rene Baker and Peter Loxley. Our income was greatly boosted by a generous gift of £10000 in Rene Baker's will; we sent £14678.20 to Head Office, but still had £4751 at the beginning of the year in the branch account, which can be used to help local sufferers. We now have a neurologist (Mr Sharif) at Colchester General Hospital, which is a great advance; unfortunately he now seems to be fully booked. The Falls Prevention Service offer a handyman service for those in danger of falls, and there is a wheelchair loan service if you need one for a short period. Since last June we have been taking part in the Colchester Mayor's Charities, and the regular concert by the West Bergholt Concert Band this year was on behalf of the Mayor's Charities. Last year the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign was selected by the Prudential insurance company, which raised £196000 for the national campaign; in Colchester the Sweeting Swing Band did a concert for us in Culver Square, raising over £300. Maria Fremlin continues to raise money through donations for kefir culture and cards.
Ben Culhane presented a bouquet to Janet Saunders in recognition of her work as Welfare Officer and other ways.