During this year Brown Lodge Management Committee has been reduced in number with the resignation of the Guide District Commissioner Caz Finch for personal reasons and the sad loss of Group Scout Leader Stuart Hall. In line with its constitution there should be five representatives from Churchdown Scout Group and five from Churchdown District Guides. The five representatives for the Guides are the District Commissioner and four others, this is decided at the District meeting. The five for the Scout Group are the Chair of the Executive, the Group Scout Leader and three others elected at the Group’s AGM. The balance of the Committee will beaddressed as soon as practical.
The Committee has been busy again this year ensuring that Brown Lodge continues to be maintained and are very pleased with the new kitchen that hasnow been installed. Theapplication of the Small Lottery Grant failed and it looked as though the kitchen would again have to wait. Hazel Finch then applied for Grants from Tewkesbury Borough Council and the Parish Council which took us close to the target required. Thank you Hazel. The remaining monies required were then donations in lieu of flowers for the late Stuart Hall. This was a very kind and generous act by Stuart’s family and I wish to extend the Committee’s thanks. Stuart was a very passionate member of the Committee and would be very pleased, I know, with the new kitchen.
Gr a_h a m James continues to maintain the garden and the purchase of a new mower is now helping him with this. Until his illness Stuart Hall and Jacky his wife were ensuring that Brown Lodge remained clean for users. Jacky has kindly said she will continue to do this. Thank you Jacky.
Others who are not part of the Scout and Guide movements using Brown Lodge help us with the upkeep. The ‘Zumba’ Group continue to meet on Wednesdays and we have a regular Drama Group on a Saturday morning, as well as the Birthday Party bookings. Thank you to Paul and Helen Gait who took on the letting of Brown Lodge when Stuart fell ill.
TheCommittee have, once again, given me great support and I would like to thank them for all their hard work throughout the past year.