Nikki Wilson and the Committee wish all Downton Society members a festive Christmas and very happy New Year.
A fresh newsletter will be posted in February with a review of 2019 and some plans for the year to come. Meanwhile, please click on other sections for specific updates and general information.
Downton Society May 2019 Newsletter
The usual Spring Newsletter is replaced here by a message to members based on the Chair’s address to the Downton Society AGM on 23rd May 2019
Before detailing the work of the Committee over the past few months, I would like to thank all of them for enabling things to happen. These include two who stepped down during the year – Helen and Fleur. Fleur Fillingham had been a committee member for a number of years and we appreciate all the work she did on the social side as well as her horticultural input. The Committee was understrength for a while until Robert Willcox volunteered to join us at the beginning of the year.
Looking back over the previous six months:
None of this action could have been carried out without the ongoing commitment of our committee members who have variously grown plants, cleared and built things, led walks in all weathers, set out chairs, put up film screens, made canapés and sold ice cream, read through interminable planning documents, written papers and letters , attended PC, Area Board and Salisbury Conservation panel meetings, and planning workshops as well as doing all the supporting admin from membership lists to accounts, which Peter submits annually to the Charity Commission. We should be greatly appreciative of them all – as well as those other members in the Village whose support is crucial – for instance, Rick Ladds for keeping both the Society and Village website up to date, Val Denham and Caroline Burroughs who do coffees and teas at Moviola, and members who pay their subs and attend events and meetings.
It must be said that the Society cannot achieve many new things, or even sustain the things we are doing, without engaging more support from members of the community as a whole. We are under strength on the committee and need one more active and enthusiastic person – or for those who balk at the very thought of committees, members who can help to put on events, take a planning perspective, be part of the Moviola rota or to progress other ad hoc projects.
There are approximately 1,400 households in Downton – there must surely be people who care enough about the village to become involved? It is for this reason that we hope to enthuse residents in the ambitious project of the RHS In Bloom competition. Robert has agreed to lead on this and, having already seen enthusiasm from Downton Society members, we are planning to hold a public meeting and hope to get enough support to register the village for South West in Bloom 2020.
Nikki Wilson (Downton Society Chair)