Friends of Bardwell Church

Our Annual General Meeting was held in the The Dun Cow comencing at 7pm on Friday 22nd March 2019.
As always - all residents were invited to attend and learn about our fund raising success during 2018, and plans for the future.

Chairman’s Report
Year ending 31st December 2018

This year I’d like to begin my report by once more thanking our committee members Barry Felton, Dave Ray, Delyse Ray and Ted Gear for their support in 2018.  Importantly, I would like to say thank you to all members and volunteers, who selflessly supported us in many ways throughout the year.

In 2018, our total income was £6,889.56 and after costs, we raised £5,212.17. Our continued aim is to use our year end cash balance of £26,689.00 to support the PCC by contributing towards much needed repairs to the fabric of the church and stained-glass conservation and restoration. Our funding demonstrates local commitment to this project, and thus supports the applications for external grant funding.

During the year formal work parties, and impromptu working groups were organised to assist with the maintenance of the church yard.  And we continue to develop and maintain our own web site (fobc.onesuffolk.net).

During the year there were 4 fund raising events:

Safari Supper

On the 21st April, 30 participants in groups of 2 enjoyed a three-course meal, taking it in turns to cook a single course with the added mystery of not knowing who their dinner guests would be, finishing at the end of the evening in The Dun Cow for a night cap.  This event is best described as Bardwell’s equivalent of “Come Dine with Me”, without the scoring!  Overall it raised £300.00.

Cars on the Green

On the 27th May (over the May bank holiday) Friends, together with the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) organised a raffle and tombola along with the additional activities of “Guess the Weight of the Cake” and a children’s “Lucky Dip”.

Overall this event raised a total of £986.40, which was then split equally between the PTA and Friends.

Open Gardens

On the 17th June, we were delighted to offer a portfolio of 10 Gardens, whilst this was fewer gardens than in 2017 we welcomed 176 visitors, which was an increase of 54% on the previous year.  Thank you to all the exhibitors who enthusiastically prepared, manicured and opened their gardens, without whom this event could not happen, and the “Bardwell Bakers” who kindly provided a delicious range of home baked cakes and scones.  Thanks to Carole and Andy Baker, and Michael and Angela de Lotbiniere for hosting afternoon teas at Moat House and the Water Mill, and finally the Dunsdon's who again donated all the proceeds from their plant stall.  Overall this event raised £1,248.30.

Race Night

On the 17th November 2018 we held our traditional “Race Night  with Fish & Chip Supper” in the Tithe Barn.  We sold 84 tickets and along with the raffle we raised £1,031.67.

Donations/Subscriptions

We received many generous gifts during the year, which totalled £1,355.  Sincere thanks go to Lignacite Limited based in Brandon for their donation of £1,000.  In addition, we received several further donations totalling £355.00 all of which were specifically for conservation and restoration of our stained-glass windows.

Our subscriptions totalled £945.00 (2017 - £880).

Thank you.    Andrew Smith, Chairman and Treasurer

Election of Chairman

At the AGM on 22nd March, Andrew Smith relinquished the post of Chairman, and Dave Ray was elected to the role.  Andrew remains on the committee as the Vice Chairman and Treasurer.

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