Our annual garden party always feel like one of the highlights of the year, and perhaps even more so this year, as it was not possible to hold it here in 2020 because of lockdown rules. We were very grateful to Suz for letting us use her huge garden in Etchingham, but I am sure she will understand when I say how lovely it felt to be back here in Brede again. And, as always, the weather was brilliant, sunny and warm
We are also fortunate that one of our members, Liz, is a brilliant and inventive cook and she produced for us a wonderful, sumptuous spread. Thank you, Liz, from each and every one of us, and thank you to her whole family for helping her in transporting and then displaying it to perfection before thirty ever-hungry Shorelinkers and their guests fell on and decimated her culinary art work.
Which was, of course, the point of the operation!
Food apart, it was great to see everyone and chat as if the last seventeen months had never happened. And we had some big news to impart, specifically some changes to your committee. After twelve years as Shorelink’s Chair, I felt it was time to step down and Ro, our secretary for all that time, is stepping down as well.
So our new Chair-elect is Alvin, who has been my vice-chair for all those twelve years, Kate will become your new Vice-Chair and Sian will be your new secretary. Our AGM will take place on 13th September, where you can ratify those choices of officers. Stephen will stay as treasurer and Jenny as our administrator. Alvin will be sending out the Agenda and details of our new meeting place (once again, with thanks to Liz) in Robertson Street before then.
So a new Shorelink era begins. Alvin has stressed that if it is not broke, don’t fix it, and I think you can be confident nothing too drastic will change and we Shorelinkers will continue in our endeavours to support each other both in our writing and sometimes in much more. Ro and I have been asked if we will stand again for the committee and have agreed.
So this is my last blog, over to you now, Alvin!