Registered charity no. 1098311

From:-   The Chairman

18 Gate Street Mews


Essex CM9 5EF

Tel: 01621 854056

E-mail: [email protected]

31st March 2017


Dear Friend


Our financial year ended on 31st March 2017 and this newsletter comes together with notice of our Annual General Meeting to be held on Saturday 13th May.  Also enclosed is the Annual Report for 2016/17 and the Events Leaflet for the forthcoming year with an invitation to this year’s outing to the Guildhall Library in the City of London.  Last but not least is the subscription renewal form.  As you will see the subscription to the Friends remains at £5 but if you are able to add a donation this will be greatly appreciated and will enable the Friends to continue to help fund the conservation of the books in the Plume Library and the purchase of copies of the missing books as they become available.  Thank you to all those Friends who pay by standing order and who are registered for Gift Aid.

The Quiz which was held at the beginning of  February this year was a very successful and enjoyable evening.  Thank you to everyone who took part or sent donations.  These have proved to be by far the most successful fundraising events we have held and thanks go to Dido, Al and their sons for all their hard work in preparing and marking the questions.  As you will see from the enclosed Events Leaflet we will be holding another Quiz on Saturday February 3rd 2018 so please save the date in your diary.  An invitation form for this will be sent out with the November newsletter.

Please note that this year’s AGM will be held in the D’Arcy Room at All Saints Church, High Street, Maldon, not in the Octagon at St, Mary’s as in previous years.    There is ample parking in the nearby White Horse Lane car park just behind the High Street opposite All Saints.  The date is Saturday 13th May and the business part of the meeting will start at 7.30pm.  This will be concluded as quickly as possible so we can enjoy a glass of wine/soft drink and some refreshments before the main event of the evening which will be a talk by Lynne Raymond.  Lynne has done considerable research on the Bright family and her talk is entitled ‘Edward Bright ‘the fat man at Maldon’ and his family’.

The Friends trip to Manchester will be from 18th-20th July.  It is not too late to book in for this if you have not already done so and would like to come.  We will be staying at the Arena Printworks Premier Inn and probably travelling by car, sharing petrol.  Please contact Al Brown  on 07724050837.  We have arranged tours of John Ryland’s  Library and Chetham’s Library but there will be time to visit the city’s cathedral, art  galleries and other places of interest.  A meal in a restaurant will be booked for the group for the first evening.

For something different this year, we are holding a ‘Tea in the Garden’ event in St Peter’s churchyard adjacent to the Plume building, on the afternoon of Saturday 9th September.  Please make a note of the date in your diary and bring your family and friends along for afternoon tea, scones and cake in aid of the Friends.  We are planning a book stall and would welcome donations for it, please contact 01621 890185 or [email protected] collection can be arranged if required.  The Plume Library will be extending their hours of opening into the afternoon so you and your visitors will be able to look round.  If you are available to help for any part of the day, either as a steward in the Library or with the teas please contact me.   There is a reply slip for volunteers enclosed with this letter so please return to me and your name will be added to the rota.

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