The Autumn/Winter 2021 edition will be with Members very soon!
You can read one of the articles here.
Postponed last March the Friends’ are pleased to announce the dates for this enhanced event which will now be held at the Ventnor Arts Club.
For full details of the events and to apply for tickets please CLICK HERE.
The Spring/Summer edition is being printed and will be delivered to members next week.
This edition will feature another article by David Pearce, a former VBG apprentice gardener, on Pyrophytic ecosystems. You can download and read the article here.
The Secretary, Jennifer Parker, has provided the following update on the current position regarding the postponed 2020 AGM.
The postponement of our AGM planned for 15 April was one of the first decisions made by the Committee at the end of March when we had little idea of what was to come. We were hoping that the effect of Covid 19 would pass quickly and normality return. As the summer has gone along we have all had to adjust our lives, be grateful for the good things and learn to be patient.
In line with the Charity Commission guidelines, the Friends submitted their accounts for the year to September 2019 together with a report on their activities. This report was published in the Autumn/Winter -Volume 27 No.2 and you can access a copy here.
Under the Government Roadmap for future unlocking we fixed an appropriate date for the AGM of Thursday 15 July 2021 which you will have seen published in Ventnorensis. Unfortunately, the latest guidance has delayed progress once again and we have now arranged a new date of Tuesday 27 July 2021 at 7pm.
The Agenda for the meeting is available here: – Revised AGM Agenda
There are two changes to the Trustees which are detailed in the revised AGM Agenda. Last year Jane Clarke resigned from the Committee and Peter Coleman was elected to her role as Deputy Chairman. The current Committee is seeking re-election, which includes Val Pitts who was co-opted on to the Committee to take over as Membership Secretary when Caroline Peel took up her role of High Sheriff. Caroline remains an active member of the Committee.
A copy of the full accounts for the year to September 2020 which have been submitted to the Charity Commissioners are available here.
In recent weeks it has been good to see the very hard working apprentices Indie and Ellis back in the Garden. Their return has been possible with your wonderful support of the appeal to raise funds for the Friends’ Apprentice Fund which suffered a significant reduction in income when Coronavirus impacted on the Garden finances in the 2020 season.