Following on from our Social Open Day last month, preparations began for the introduction of new events and activities. The highlights of our other social activities during April were the Residents Association AGM, the Grand National Sweepstake and a talk by our resident retired pharmacist.
This AGM was a milestone in that our Chairman, Stuart Trott, had to step down having served for the maximum of two terms or 6 years allowed under our constitution. He was replaced from within the Committee by Anne Knight, thus ensuring continuity. Our Treasurer, David Johnson, also stepped down after four years in post and was replaced by Ken Walker, also from within the Committee. Chris Wallis, a non-office holder also stepped down. Therefore, there were three vacancies to be filled and as there were four candidates a secret ballot was held the week before. The three successful candidates were Jim Wilson, Tony Price and David Paine, all of whom have valuable business experience which will undoubtedly be of benefit to the Village.
This annual event has proved to be very popular over the years with many residents fancying a flutter on the horses. The race was streamed from the TV broadcast via our AV system onto the big screen in the Function Room and we also had a TV in the Garden Room for anyone who wished to watch in relatively quiet surroundings. It was a very enjoyable afternoon, particularly for those who were lucky enough to pick the 1st, 2nd or 3rd finishers. The bar did well too!
We usually have one or two talks each month, some given by residents and others by outside speakers. In April we were entertained by resident Douglas Raven who shared some of the lighter highlights of his career as a pharmacist.