Letter from the President

 by Roger Gentry

by the time you read this, six months will have gone by since I became President.  I was very honoured to be nominated by Barbara Childs and hope I can live up to everyone’s expectations.

First of all, I must mention the Annual Dinner. We had a very enjoyable evening with good food, an excellent speaker and, with 46 members and friends, the highest number attending for some time. Everyone, I think, enjoyed the evening. Unfortunately, a goodly number picked up a virus, which was going round Maidstone, including the schools. It rather spoilt what was otherwise a very pleasant evening – we were just in the wrong place at the wrong time!  Apologies to everyone who was affected.

We have had two successful meetings so far this season, in Broadstairs & St Peters, also at Hunton and Teston, which are fully reported in our recent meetings section of the Journal. 

Barbara Childs reminds us about the annual Organ Festival, which will be held in Maidstone on Saturday 17 May 2008; please note this in your diaries and come along and support the candidates if you can. This report also notes that last year’s winner, Matthew Jorysz, will be giving his prize winner’s recital on the organ in Canterbury Cathedral on Friday 8 February 2008 at 6.15 p.m. immediately after evensong – please come along to hear him if you can.

The day outing in June will be to Portsmouth and full details are given in this Journal’s future meetings section. We are very grateful to Andrew Cesana for arranging this outing and I hope you will all be able to be with us on the day.

As promised at the last AGM, I have started “putting down on paper” key facts about the Association – we cannot keep relying on people’s memories! Brian Moore produced a list of Past Presidents in the last Journal, which is a good start, and we are most grateful to him for his time in preparing it. I am collecting members’ statistics and, also, places we have visited over the last 10 years or so.  We can then see where we have visited and, therefore, the churches and areas which appear to have been neglected.  If you would like us to visit your church (or any other church, which you think would be worth visiting) please let Rosemary Clemence know and we will try to include it when planning our future meetings.

You will see, on the centre pages, details of the next few meetings. If you haven’t been a regular at our meetings why not come along to a meeting when we are in your area? We would love to see you – we are a very welcoming bunch of regulars!

Finally, please make a note in your diaries that the usual Buffet Supper will be held on Saturday 27 September 2008 at Maidstone – St Nicholas Church Hall, Allington.  I would like to welcome as many of you as are able to come. Further details will be given in the August Journal.

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