The Future of the Society

Rickmansworth Garden, Arts & Homecrafts Society

October 2021

Dear Member

First and foremost, obviously the wish is that you are going well.  Unfortunately some people have had a harder time than others and in these cases we hope you have met with caring and kindness.

At this time and as things stand, there are no plans to activate our Society for the remainder of this year and the crux of this decision is the management of the Society.

We have an earnest plea.

The Society is in dire need of an enthusiastic and energetic committee, with the drive to uplift it to the community association it has the potential to be.  With the best will in the world, the current committee members are not in a position to do this.  In fact most have stood down having given many years of dedicated work.

In the past the committee has met once a month, for two hours – depending 0on the role of the person there is additional time to this but nothing onerous.

Historically there have been three shows, this was reduced to two in recent years, a quiz night, outings, a holiday and the monthly open evenings, as well as management of the membership records, the website and fiscal matters.  Nothing is cast in stone, the “new” society can make plans to introduce novel ideas and exciting projects and manage it in line with to-day’s lifestyle.

The Rickmansworth & District Horticultural Society was inaugurated 85 years ago and it would be a sad event if it were to close its doors.  The name of the Society changed a few years ago to Rickmansworth Garden, Arts and Homecrafts Society as the feeling is this better demonstrates the Society is more than just a horticultural society.

The last 18 months have brought a resurgence of gardeners, crafters and people cooking and baking – the time is ripe to being part of a society to swap and share ideas.

A society is only as strong as the community it serves.  Please give serious thought as to your place in our community and step up to the plate to join with people who will revive Rickmansworth Garden, Arts and Homecrafts Society to add value to this lovely town.  There is also the opportunity to rope in fresh members to help with this !!

Please email us at info@rickyhortsoc.co.uk with your contact details if you would like to discuss this.  We will be in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Your Standing Committee

December 2021

Dear Member

Tis the Season to be Jolly – whatever your belief – the bright, beautiful lights and Christmas music is uplifting during these dark winter days and how wonderful!, we have had the longest night of the year and slowly but surely our days are going to get longer and lighter.  And, of course, the excitement of children is a treat to behold.

Unfortunately, with a sense of déja vue, we are once again at Christmas at the mercy of Covid-19.  Thankfully we do not have the lockdown regulations of last year, so we hope you will be able to spend joyous and fun times with family and friends.

Covid-19 appears to have no mercy as to who falls victim, so we hope you and your dearest ones have managed to be fully vaccinated and in turn had the booster shot.

Following our plea for people to step up to the plate to form a new committee and bring the Society to a current organisation that suits to-day’s world, three people have come forward.  Committee members who are available will be meeting with them in January.  We will keep you abreast of the discussions and what evolves.

We wish one and all a very Merry and Happy Christmas and good health in 2022.

Take care and stay well.

Your Committee

 

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