We’re well into spring and life in the village is warming up. Last month we had three notable one-off events – the usual Grand National Sweepstake, the AGM, and a revived event – Easter Bonnets.
Grand National Sweepstake:
The Grand National Sweepstake is a much looked forward to annual event. This year was no exception with a good proportion of the village attending. There were, as usual, two ways of viewing. One was a live stream of the TV broadcast through our built-in AV system in the Function Room. The other was a conventional TV in the Garden Room for those who wished to watch in relative quiet.
Anyone who had drawn the winner took home £20, with £12.50 and £7.50 for second and third respectively. Four sets of horses were sold so there were twelve happy faces at the end.
Annual General Meeting:
As usual in April we had the Blagdon Village Residents Association (BVRA) AGM. One of the main topics was the stepping down of three members of the Committee: Pat Gooding the Secretary, Gretha Gaynor, and Dudley Price, the latter two of whom had served the maximum time of six years permitted by our constitution.
The Chairman, Stuart Trott, thanked them fulsomely for the contribution they had made to the work of the Committee to the benefit of all association members. He also thanked two others who were standing down from non-committee posts, Eric Piper for his eight years of service on the Financial Monitoring Group and Pat Barrett for two years of overseeing the tea / coffee making facilities.
Stuart’s words were fully endorsed by all present. He welcomed onto the Committee Pauline Bennett as Secretary and Alan Bennett and Ken Walker as ordinary members. He also thanked the staff who looked after the village so well for us.
As the date of the mid-month Themed Evening in the restaurant fell on Good Friday it was felt appropriate to revive Easter Bonnets, an event last held eight years ago. It was a very well attended function with no fewer than ten of the ladies exhibiting their millinery skills. Their creations were judged by our cook, Marion, who awarded top place to Patricia du Pontet. A good fun evening.