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Newsletter - March 2006

Chairman's Report 2005-2006 Stephen Crawley

I have been looking back through the FOSM papers covering the last ten years. Newsletters and minutes of Council meetings indicate the considerable achievements and activities over the period. Odd snippets worthy of note include:

Sadly I have little to report from our application for funds from English Heritage for the remaining two faces of the tower. I live in hope". (John Buteux -chairman. January 1998).

"Dear Carolyn- ref food for Barn Dance t4e~ February 1996. A list for you of who is doing what'. This details the involvement of five people and ends with the comment that she, Betty Sangster (membership secretary), will deal with "anything else that I have forgotten"!"

After many setbacks the scaffolding was erected in October to enable work on the North and West faces of the tower. As usual on these projects, additional dilapidated masonry was found taking the cost higher than estimated". (David Clarke. December 1999).

"No charitable organisation can exist without it's dedicated volunteers so a special thanks to
all of you. (Gordon West- chairman. December 2000).

The above extracts give a unique insight into the working of the Friends. Some of the participants have changed over the years but the hard work continues. Enghsh Heritage still causes frustration and delay. Sometimes it is surprising that anything gets done at all.

Various events have been held over the past twelve months. These include the BBQ, Cream Teas, 25th Anniversary Dinner, Art in the Nave and Poems, Pies & Pints

Maintaining a large ancient building is a costly process. We are fortunate to hold substantial funds at present but these are committed to various projects anticipated over the next few years. These include further stone repairs and attention to the lighting.

We need your continued encouragement and support, If any of you are interested in joining the Council, helping or organising specific events then please let me know. Finally, my thanks go to all those who have helped and given donations over the past year.