National Viola and Pansy Society Newsletter Autumn/Winter 1999

A.G.M 2000

Saturday 25th March, 2000
Bridgnorth, Shropshire

An important date for your diary. At last we have an A.G.M. that will be truly more open to the membership than all those years of my membership that have taken place on a mid week evening.
I urge as many of you as possible to attend and make this event a success. The plan at present is a meeting to take place in the afternoon, and it will be divided as follows: -

i) Business / Elections
ii) Illustrated talk on the "Development of the Viola and Pansy"
iii) Tea

To augment these will be a raffle and plant sale.

The business part of the meeting will hopefully be concluded in as short a time as possible, so that we can concentrate upon matters of violas and pansies, the reason for our existence. However; in the light of changes to be made in the running of the Society the business part must be seen as an important part of the afternoon.

Why Bridgnorth? Well it is convenient for those people who are going to do the work of setting up and catering.

From a travelling members point of view it has a number of advantages. It is central, with access to M5, M6 and M54 not too distant

The traffic is a great deal less hectic than in a major city. There is also something for the family members who do not share a passion for our plants. Bridgnorth is a pleasant town; quite picturesque by the Severn, a brilliant market on Saturdays, Steam engines at Severn Valley Railway and good beer is to be had around the wealth of hostelries.

We have booked the Community Hall in Low Town, with easy adjacent parking; and really do want this to be a success. I make no apologies for basing this on a model of the Wakefield Tulip Society meetings. It works for them, and I always find them enjoyable. We need you to make it work for us. The Society has struggled along for the past year and a half, due in no small part to the work of treasurer, Gerald Barber and the patient typing of Janette Warmer. Our title is "National", our membership is national and hopefully our attendance will reflect this. I accept that a proportion of the membership will be unable to attend, but I do urge those of you who possibly can, to attend.

Full details, maps etc will be sent out early in the New Year.

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