Registered charity no. 1098311

From:-   The Chairman

18 Gate Street Mews


Essex CM9 5EF

Tel: 01621 854056


31st March 2018


Dear Friend/s
Firstly thank you to all those Friends who attended and in other ways supported our Quiz evening on February 3rd. This was our most successful event to date as well as being a very enjoyable evening.
I hope you will be able to take part in and enjoy this year’s programme of events. The first is the Annual General Meeting to be held in the D’Arcy room of All Saints Church on Saturday 19th May. The business part is kept as brief as possible after which there is time to enjoy wine and refreshments provided by the committee and meet with other members of the Friends. It is our tradition to follow this with an interesting talk which this year will be given by Brian Mooney. Brian is a long distance walker and will be speaking to us about his walk from Coggeshall to Rome and back!
You may already be aware of the new regulation coming in to force on 25th May regarding Data Protection. We have always taken great care of the information you have given us about your names, addresses and contact details. However as we will shortly be more tightly bound by law, the membership team have spent time on creating a Data Audit which accounts for ‘Why your data is being held and what it is used for’, ‘who is holding it’ and ‘how long it is kept’. This is all covered in a Data Privacy Notice that will be available to view on the Friends pages of the Plume Library website ( Our Subscription Renewal form is enclosed and this also now includes a note about data protection.
We are planning a visit to Oxford for this year’s annual outing. This will take place on Monday 3rd September. It will be a longer coach journey but a wonderful opportunity to visit the famous Bodleian Library and some of the other museums and galleries in the city. The outing application form is enclosed, please fill it in if you would like to come and send to Al Brown with your cheque.
The Library will be opening for the Heritage Open Day on Saturday 8th September from 10am – 4pm. Erica Wylie, the Plume Librarian, will be staging an exhibition of books which will include a selection by women writers. Our accompanying ‘Tea in the Garden’ event was a great success last year and we have permission from Maldon Town Council to hold a similar event in the Churchyard this year. There will be a second hand bookstall; a raffle and tea/coffee and a slice of cake in aid of the Friends. If you are able to give some time to steward in the Library on that day or help with our event in the churchyard please email or fill in the enclosed form. Last year we had a total of thirty volunteers taking turns throughout the day. If you are able to donate any books that are taking up too much room on your shelves, please contact me. These can either be collected from your home or delivered to the collection address. We are also asking if you would be willing to sponsor a cake. These are all homemade and your sponsoring £5 per cake helps to cover the cost of the ingredients.
The Quiz is back in the programme for Saturday 2nd February 2019 so please ’save the date’ for this event too. More information about this will be sent out with the November mailing.
With our successful fundraising events and your generous donations we are in a much improved financial position. This means that when books from the ‘missing list’ come up at auction we are ready with funds. We hope to have renewed effort in the search for these titles in the year ahead.
This will be my last newsletter to you as Chairman as I am standing down at the AGM. I wish my successor well and thank you all for your help and support over the last six years.
With warm regards

Sue Swaffin-Smith


Maldon, Essex, England

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