Chairman’s Report


Registered Charity No. 1098311



This is the Chairman’s report to the 31st Annual General Meeting of the Friends and fifteenth Annual General Meeting of the Charity as required by our constitution. The objects of the Friends are to advance the education of the public in Maldon and the surrounding areas by providing support and assistance to Thomas Plume’s Library (Registered Charity number 310661) through activities and projects and in such other ways as the Executive Committee may from time to time determine. In planning our activities the Trustees kept in mind the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit.

Membership of the Friends now stands at 144 each paying a subscription of £5 supplemented by generous donations. This year the AGM was held in the D’Arcy Room of All Saints Church, Maldon High Street. After the business part of the evening there was a break for refreshments provided by committee members followed by a talk by Lynne Raymond entitled ‘Edward Bright ‘the fat man at Maldon’ and his family’.
A group of seven Friends took part in the three day visit to Manchester in July. Tours of John Rylands Library and Chetham’s Library had been organised and the group also visited the Portico Library and other museums and galleries in the city.
The annual outing was to the Guildhall Library where we had a talk on the history of the Guildhall complex including the Library. We had the opportunity to examine some of the Library treasures on display.
A new fundraising event for the Friends was held on 9th September. This was the ‘Tea in the Garden’ which took place in St Peter’s Churchyard in conjunction with the all day opening of the Plume Library for Heritage Open Day. Fine weather and the support of approximately 30 stewards and helpers from the Friends made this a very successful and enjoyable day.
A further eight stewards from the Friends were involved in the Plume School Year 8 visits which took place in October. The Chairman attended the prizegiving at the school when four students received book token prizes for best essays submitted on the Enlightenment period.
The final event of the year was the Quiz which was held on 3rd February. This was very well supported by the Friends and their guests resulting in a record profit for our funds. Thanks go to the committee for all the hard work that goes in to making this such a successful and enjoyable occasion.
We have funded the purchase of one book in this financial year; Thomas Lanquet ‘An Epitome of Cronicles’ 1560. The Library continues to search auction catalogues and booksellers’ lists and it is to be hoped that there will be more success in this regard in the forthcoming year.
The Committee (Trustees) has met four times during the year. I would like to thank all the members of the Committee for their help and support. The Trustees of the Charity for the year 2017-2018 were:
Susan Swaffin-Smith Chairman
Robert Anthony Doe Secretary and Correspondent
Janis Croom Treasurer
Diana June Arthur
Alan Brown
Susan Jean Edward
Helen Kirstine Kemp
Mary Carmen Wells
The principal address of the Charity is that of the Correspondent, Mr Tony Doe, 23 Wentworth Meadows, Maldon, Essex CM9 6EH

Sue Swaffin-Smith, Chairman 31st March 2018


Maldon, Essex, England

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