Have a Voice - a Full Year
Twelve months have passed and it is time for our AGM. No one envisaged the depths of economic turmoil that we are all experiencing today just one year ago. A changed world has its impact on all national charities and not least the Civic Trust which is why we have promoted the President's Appeal and made a �300 donation to the fund.
Buntingford Civic Society is in a relatively strong financial position which permits local action of various kinds. The key is the advertising revenue earned by the Journal. Each edition has member and retail sales of 950 to 1000 copies. Assuming readership of two adults per household that offers exposure up to two thousand actual or potential users of local services.
In acknowledgement of the economic environment we have frozen advertising charges for the current financial year even though printing cost have substantially increased. We have been so fortunate to have Aliya Chowney as the new editor and in her hands we expect the Journal to grow in influence and utilise contemporary technology to effect cost savings.
The information technology revolution has not been ignored. Our webmaster Andy Sinclair, who looks after this website, is a rich source of ideas and methods.
At this AGM our longstanding Treasurer Dennis Goodeve steps down and hands over to Janet Murrells. Dennis has a long association with the civic society and other local charities.His counsel is always wise and he will be missed but we are immensely grateful for his valued contribution.
Janet is another who contributes much to Buntingford not least as Chair of the Women's Institute. Her professional experience in financial management is warmly welcomed.
Some of the highlight of the year are shown below with a few stab points to reflect the engagement of the civic society in activities in support of Buntingford and surrounding villages.
I am indebted to all executive committee members for their dedication and hard work during this past year. The challenge is to recruit equally dedicated successors to keep the good work going.