It is with some sadness that our Chairman, Matt Nutt, resigned from his post. Family and work commitments had to take precedence. He worked very hard rebranding and promoting the society. However I am delighted that he will stay on as a committee member dealing with social media and the local press and I am very pleased that Ann Furness, our secretary, has agreed to take over the chair. She took charge of organizing several events last year, all of which were very successful, as well as booking our speakers.
It was a funny year weather wise – a lovely spring like period in February when plants decided it was time to start growing and popped their heads above the soil and then a very cold wet spell when they all went back to sleep.
Our two shows were well attended with more new exhibitors, especially in the handicraft classes in which we increased the number of categories.
We had some disappointments. The Bury fete was unnecessarily cancelled. We usually replenish the coffers with the proceeds from the plant stall. I hope this year we will get back on track. The schools potato challenge was successful inasmuch as the children enjoyed growing the potatoes but we were hoping the parents would get involved by attending the Autumn show for the weigh-in and thereby be interested in the society. Unfortunately not one parent turned up. We also expended a considerable time, effort and expense advertising and promoting the society. Sadly this did not lead to an increase in membership which steadily diminishes every year.
We must not be complacent. The average age of our members and committee is rising. If we cannot attract new younger members, I can see that our society will cease to exist within ten years.
Lastly, I would like to thank all of you who have supported and helped us during the year, and the rest of the committee members who have worked tirelessly to enable us to carry on as a society.
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