News and Events

New Face at Hemyock Lunch Club

After 7 years of cooking for the members of Hemyock Lunch Club Barbara England recently decided to call it a day and have more time for herself and Milo.  As well as cooking Barbara drew up the menus, sourced the ingredients (often at low prices) and did much of the preparation at home prior to the event.  Christmas lunch for over 40 people must be a daunting prospect but the result was always a marvellous spread for all.  Pam Lowman, who had been with Barbara throughout this period also took the decision to stand down.  The two ladies will be missed by all for their commitment, loyalty and devotion to the people of Hemyock.

Replacing someone who has such a reputation is always difficult but we have been very lucky to secure the services of Mary Pepper.  Mary has been involved with catering for many years and says that she loves cooking – just as well Mary!  Feedback (pardon the pun!) so far has been excellent.

We also need to thank Geoff Taylor and his team for allowing us to use the Catherine Wheel during the transitional period.

The kitchen team: R to L Jonathan, Carol, Mary, Caroline and Joan.

Jonathan showing off his surgical skills

Ruth eagerly awaiting her lunch

Geoff and Mary enjoying the company of friends

The Support Group has a bric-a-brac stall at Churchinford market on the first Saturday of each month. If you are in the area pop along and take a look. If you have anything we may be able to sell to raise funds, either take it along to the market or drop it into the office at the Hemyock surgery. (Unfortunately we are unable to accept electrical items).

Annual General Meeting 2018

Around 50 friends of the Blackdown Support Group turned out to the AGM, which this year was held at the Throgmorton Hall in Dunkeswell – this despite the fact that England were playing that evening in the semi final of the FIFA World Cup!!!!

This year was the final AGM for our Chair, Sarah Folland; it does not seem possible that she was elected 3 years ago.  Sarah has had a very successful, although sometimes demanding time overseeing the running of the charity, and has had some challenging issues, all of which were dealt with in her usual calm manner.  Heather Stallard proposed a vote of thanks to Sarah for all her hard work over the last 3 years.  Sarah has said that she will remain on the board as a Trustee and will occupy the post of Vice-Chair for the next 12 months to help ease the new Chair (elected at the next Trustees meeting) into the role.

We also said goodbye to our Hon. Treasurer for many years, David Gollin.  David’s hard work and diligence have resulted in healthy reserves which will hopefully stand us in good stead as the belt of austerity continues to tighten around the voluntary sector.  Sarah paid tribute to David’s commitment and support for the BSG and made a presentation on behalf of the Trustees.

Sarah also paid tribute to Witek Nowosielski who had carried out a considerable amount of work on policies before standing down as Vice-Chair and Trustee at the end of 2017.

We welcomed Nicky Summerfield to the meeting; Nicky stepped in to look after our finances following the resignation of David Gollin, and was formally elected into the role of Hon. Treasurer at this meeting.  Also, Rob Cadwallader of Milsted Langdon, Chartered Accountants, who has taken over the role of Auditor of our accounts.  Sarah recognised the hours given voluntarily in this role.

David Major – Trustee, has taken over the supervision of our investment accounts.

Finally, Karen Button, Practice Manager, paid tribute to the work of the BSG on behalf of the Blackdowns Practice.

Following the business of the meeting we were entertained to a musical interlude by the Dunkeswell Hand Bell Ringers, followed by a hilarious rendition of Pam Eyres’ poem, ‘The Dolly on the Dustcart’ by one of the ringers, Babs Groom.  The evening ended with the traditional raffle, wine and cheese.


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