Friends' Festival

The Friends’ new Secretary, Susie Hancock, reports on the Annual Festival, which was held on 25th August 2012.

The Friends' lunch and AGM on 25th August were both well attended, with over 50 members present at the AGM. We extended a warm welcome to the Reverend Mark Jones as our new Rector, who was chairing the meeting for the first time. He had only been in the Benefice since early July, but did a great job and we look forward to working with him over the coming years. It was also the first time that Nicholas Buckman, our new Treasurer, gave his report; he told us that things are going fairly steadily, with the main expenditure being our contributions to the Organ Project and also to the insurance premium for the church.

Ashley Grote thanked us enormously for the Friends' contribution to the new organ. He outlined future fundraising efforts, and also commented that £36,000 of the sum already raised came from Gift Aid, which proves how effective it can be – don’t forget when you are giving to any charity or church! We then discussed the fact that Harrison and Harrison's costs might increase during the build to cover employees’ salaries and wages; this should amount to no more than £15,000 during the project period. In February Council had agreed that we should support this, subject to ratification at the AGM. As there would be no impact on Friends capital, it was passed unanimously.


It had been a very busy year for the church, with immense thanks going to all the team who worked tirelessly to make sure the interregnum went smoothly. Clare Norfolk Brown’s report went on to tell us of events both sacred and secular that had made the year busy and successful.

Joanna Robertson was unanimously elected as a new Council member, and Susie Hancock (pictured on the right with Antonia Southern) received similar support as the new Secretary of the Friends.

David Foster has agreed to remain in position as the Friends' webmaster. He is in the throes of changing our internet provider and is always delighted to receive contributions of words and pictures to update the news and events pages of the website.




Michael Jones, who had already reported on the Fabric Fund, gave an eloquent vote of thanks to Antonia for all her hard work on our behalf for such a long time. And we presented her with a book token and flowers.

After tea, John Barnard gave a short talk entitled “Edington: Village, Church and Festival”. Having a long association with all three he was able to sprinkle it with amusing anecdotes, which we all enjoyed enormously.

Our picture on the left shows John receiving a gift from Antonia after his talk.

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