Registered charity no. 1098311

From:-   The Chairman

18 Gate Street Mews


Essex CM9 5EF

Tel: 01621 854056

E-mail: [email protected]

14th April 2016


Dear Friend

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Quiz at the beginning of  March.  These have proved to be by far the most successful fundraising events we have held and thanks to Dido, Al and their sons for all the hard work they put in to making this event possible.  As you will see from the enclosed Events Leaflet we will be holding another Quiz on February 4th 2017 so please save the date in your diary.  An invitation form for this will be sent out with the November newsletter.

I am also enclosing the Agenda for the Friends Annual General Meeting, the Annual Report  and a form for renewing your subscription to the Friends for the forthcoming year.  The subscription remains at £5 and if you pay by standing order your membership will be automatically renewed.  However we are very grateful for any additional donations you are able to make so please take a moment to review this.  It is your donations that enable us to help the Library  conserve the collection and replace the books that have gone missing in earlier times.

The AGM will be held in the Octagon at St Mary’s Church, Maldon on Saturday 21st May.  We aim to conclude the business part of the evening quite swiftly so we have time to enjoy wine and refreshments followed by a talk.  This year Dr Christopher Thompson, a previous trustee of the Plume Library and eminent historian will talk on Thomas Plume’s notebooks.  These manuscripts have fairly recently been added to the online catalogue and conserved in special archive boxes thus giving much easier access for researchers.  We look forward to hearing what these handwritten papers reveal about Thomas Plume’s life and the time he lived in.

The outing this year has been arranged for Monday 18th July.  The Friends are being offered a privileged opportunity to visit the library of the Foreign Secretary’s residence at Chevening in Kent.  This has been made possible by Dr James Bettley, Chairman of the Plume Trustees who is also Librarian at Chevening.   We have arranged to go on to nearby Chartwell,  the home of Sir Winston Churchill for lunch and a tour of the house in the afternoon.  As this promises to be a popular outing, I would advise that you fill in the enclosed form and send off to Al Brown as soon as possible.

The Library is very grateful to any of the Friends who are able to act as stewards over the Heritage weekend in September.  This is a splendid opportunity to become more involved and to see for yourself the many interesting books in the Library collection.  There is a reply slip for volunteers on the subscription form so please return to the Membership Secretary and your name will be added to the rota.

Arrangements are at present being discussed for another fundraising event to be held in October.  An application form for this will be sent out by email to save on costs.  If you have not informed us of your address and would like to help save money in this way please write to [email protected] If you do not have an email address do not worry, we will send to you by post as usual.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the AGM and at other events during the year.   Thank you for your continuing support for the Friends of Thomas Plume’s Library.

With warm regards and very best wishes