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Report of The Friends of St Mary’s Winkfield (FOSMW) AGM
Friday 28 February 2019

11 Members of FOSMW attended the AGM in Popels Hall on Thursday 28 February. The Chairman welcomed all members and light refreshments were served.

The meeting started promptly with apologies from many Friends who were, unfortunately, unable to attend.

The current Trustees were re-elected unanimously.

The Chairman presented her report which was accepted by the meeting.

Chairman’s Report year ending December 2018

At the end of my report at the AGM last year. I said the Organ Restoration would commence in July/August 2018. The work began on Monday 23 July and the organ was out of use until Remembrance Sunday. The work wasn’t completely finished but the organ was available for the service. It was finally completed in January 2019. It has been an excellent restoration and the sound much admired.

The quotation we accepted was for £50,00.00 with the possibility of some reduction to the absolute essentials. We were very fortunate as the 30 note Pedal Open Diapason quoted at £12,500.00 was reduced to £5,650.00 as some second-hand parts were found and purchased. The Pipe sponsorship scheme, expertly managed by Anthony Hodson, brought in £8,795. The grant application to the Mercers Company by the PCC for £10,00 was successful. The VAT on the four invoices paid to date has been re-claimed but we are still awaiting the last invoice for £8,140.00.

Those of you who were kind to enough to sponsor a pipe will have received a letter advising that we are creating a Roll of honour in the form of a bound book listing the names of all sponsors with an appropriate message if that is what you desire. We would be grateful if all information is received by the end of March.

There will be a celebratory concert on Saturday 8 June at 7.30 pm in St Mary’s church. This recital will be given by David Goode, organist and head of keyboard at Eton, this he combines with an International concert career.

The Photographic Competition, best photograph of St Mary’s Church, generously sponsored by a member of FOSMW was won by 10 year old Oliver Webb. His photograph and those of the runners up are on the website.

FOSMW assisted with the very successful Women’s Guild Plant Sale and also the Family Funday which appeared not to have so many people attending but actually did make as much money as the one held in 2017.

Daisy McMahon, senior member of the junior choir, took part in the Windsor Triathlon and very generously offered her sponsorship money to St Mary’s.

Once again the excellent and talent filled Music and Merriment concert was managed by FOSMW.

The next project is the Electrics at St Mary’s. More information will be given later.

The FOSMW website continues to flourish.

You will see from the Treasurer’s report just how much the Friends raised in 2018 and also the grants it made to the PCC.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Ann Whittington a member of the FOSMW since day one.

I would like to thank all committee members for their hard work throughout the year and we would all wish to thank you for your support.

Lesley Philpot

The Treasurer’s Report, already circulated, was presented to the meeting. This was accepted by the meeting. The Treasurer took questions.

AOB – The main topics were the organ recital to be given by David Goode on June 8 and the suggested next project – the Electrics.

The meeting closed at 9:10pm.

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