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Contributed by Mr J.T. Worgan

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n extensive survey of both members and non members carried out recently elicited poor responses and inconclusive outcomes. It is not known whether this represents commitment or apathy. Our membership remains around the 60 mark and in an experiment to try and encourage younger members meetings in April, May, June and July 2010 will be held on the 2nd Monday in the month at the Orme centre at 7.00pm.

Positive publicity is vital to the society. An example of this was the very successful Heritage Open Days where twelve events took place across the Borough involving nine organisations co-ordinated by Society member Mrs Diana Bevan.

Tremendous publicity has also been received for the society from the recently resurrected Civic Awards Scheme. My thanks go to all concerned for making this Bi annual award such a success.

Positive responses have also been received in respect of our Newsletter, although a number of people were not aware there was a civic society until they read it. Whether this will lead to new members is open to conjecture. It has also been suggested that ‘party politics’ appear to be raising its head in the newsletter which would be contrary to our constitution. Since the foundation in 1968 we have been and will continue to be an independent pressure group, who have gained the respect and trust of all with whom we have come into contact.. It is incumbent on all of us therefore to ensure that in whatever way we represent the society PARTY POLITICS must play no part.

 Sadly last month saw the death of Anne Heron, a very respected member of our Society. She will be greatly missed. 

As we go to press, we hear that our Hon. Treasurer Alan Varley has met with a serious accident. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Finally I leave you with this old North American Indian folklore tale which is most apt – ‘ Man does not inherit the earth, he merely safeguards it for his children ‘

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