From the Newsletter Editorial...

Once again it was gratifying that the Society’s AGM attracted an attendance exceeding 60.  The committee was re-elected, with Ian Fisher formally stepping down but continuing his role as Webmaster.   Lady Caroline Percy agreed to continue as President albeit she conveyed regret that she is not able to be more actively involved.   Andrea Cameron, former Local Studies Librarian for the Borough, continues as Vice President and we are grateful for the support and help she affords us in numerous ways.

A downside to the AGM was the regrettable inability to present the final accounts on the day.   The understandable reason is set out in this extract from a subsequent resignation letter of Richard Eason who took over as Treasurer during 2016 - “I am just recovering from a second period of illness this year arising from the pressures of my various commitments and responsibilities. I recognise that I have been significantly over-stretched for some time, and need to reduce my voluntary commitments significantly.  As far as Treasurer roles go, there is nothing particular demanding about this role, it just needs someone who can spend some time doing the bookkeeping”.    We are grateful to Richard for his contribution to TIS in what has been a difficult time for him.   

To remedy the lack of accounts a motion was passed at the AGM that the committee would agree the accounts at its next meeting and circulate copies to all members with this newsletter.  We are indebted to Marilyn Larden who stepped into the breach at very short notice to finalise these.  A copy is now enclosed.   Should members have any queries please contact Susan Casey, 020 8847 0157. This does still leave us with the problem of finding a replacement Treasurer.   It is not an onerous task but is important and essential to continued running of the Society.  We do urgently need a volunteer to fill the gap – Your Society Needs You – do think seriously about offering to help out in this way.   Susan’s number is above, to make initial contact.

For those who haven’t already done so a reminder is included with this newsletter that subscriptions were due for renewal in April.   We do hope all existing members will continue to wish to show support through membership, as well as encouraging others to join.

On a lighter note, the next date in TIS’s calendar is our Summer Social, Friday 28th July. This time, after a break of a year, we return to the Town Wharf Public House set on the river front with its spectacular views – see centre page and enclosed advice slip for details.  A new Manager has just started work there and has given us a good deal, although we won’t be able to be quite as free with the wine as in previous years!  Nonetheless when this runs out the bar will be open to satisfy all tastes.  We look forward to seeing as many as possible for a relaxing social evening in a great setting