AGM – our end of term report, our new committee

Friends of TSL held their 2014 annual general meeting, at the library, on May 21st.

The chairman’s annual report highlighted Friends’ support for and involvement in the quarterly public library forums that began in April 2013. At these forums local people can find out what is happening at the library and what is planned, put forward their ideas, question the library management team, and monitor progress on policies and promises. The committee’s view is that these are valuable in stimulating local interest and support for the library – and effective in making management more receptive to local priorities and concerns.

The activities that Friends organise at the library have maintained the momentum established in 2012, with regular talks, performance, films, one-off events such as the craft fair, and a gardening group which meets twice a month, and a constant programme of art exhibitions in the gallery area. Friends of TSL has continued to raise significant funds from local businesses and organisations to improve the library’s resources- and has contributed the proceeds of book sales that it runs.

The treasurer’s report showed very strong growth in income in the past year, reflecting the high level of grants from local organisations, as well as donations from members and participants at our events (all of which are free of charge). As of March 31st our bank balance was £5,592.

In voting for the committee for 2014/15 the following were elected:

Chairman                                         Edith Holtham

Vice-chairman                                  Laura Swaffield

Secretary                                           Philip Inglesant

Treasurer                                           John McCay

Membership secretary                     Helen Holmes

Portuguese Outreach Officer        Patricia Marcelino

Other members                                 Jana Hale and Kate Kelly-Tanguay

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