Trowbridge Report March 2013

Posted on Mar 23, 2013

Trowbridge Report

I’m looking at Artic conditions outside my window so a perfect day to sit down and write my Report on what Trowbridge Committee has been up to since the last issue of Supportline.

A number of friends of BCUSG celebrated events in 2012 from which we benefited.

Mrs Culverhouse had a 70th birthday and sent us £105 whilst Marilyn Green celebrated her 60th birthday with quite a lively party I understand and she sent us £162.74 donated on the night. Friends Barbara and Ken Pickard had a lovely 66th Wedding Anniversary lunch (I was there so can vouch for that) and they presented us with £170 given in lieu of presents. Glayne and John Greenaway also had a special wedding Anniversary and we received a cheque for £60 from a relative. Congratulations and good health to all of you and many thanks for your support.

Other donations received £40 from Mrs Coleman. Red Gables sent £70.20 the proceeds of their Christmas Raffle and Nicholas Sampford heard about our Positron CT-Scanner Appeal and sent £100. In memory of both her husband and niece, Maureen Marshall sent us £30 instead of sending Christmas cards and Anne Marie Hunt had a ‘coffee evening’ (that’s different) and we received £80.40 Thank you all for thinking of us.

We also thank members of the Lodge of Concord for deciding to give us £1,000

Pearson May Accountants in Trowbridge held their annual Golf Day and we received a cheques totalling £1,231.29 so again we thank the directors and all who took part for again making BCUSG a beneficiary.

The Village Pump at The Lamb in Trowbridge held an ‘open mic’ night and we thank them for sending us £100 from the proceeds and Mark Green sent us £65 from his ‘Jam Session’ at Mount Pleasant Club in Bradford on Avon. The drummer being no other than Ian Grant a Trowbridge Committee member. (A very talented lot we are)

How the Committee love it when somebody offers to organise an event for us so we can just attend, sit back and enjoy without any of the hard work attached. This is how it was with the BBQ at Trowbridge Cricket Club. The weather was particularly good and we had tasty food whilst being entertained by the Bog House Boys and a charity cricket match taking place in the distance. A great event thanks to Christine Scrine and we were presented with £1,059 (The only downside I didn’t win anything on the raffle!!)

Around 35 guests attended a musical evening organised by Bruschetta Italian Restaurant with delicious food and entertainment by Opera Sulis performing light classical beautiful music. BCUSG received £95 from the Raffle (This time I couldn’t stop winning!!!)

The Big Band Concert held at the newly refurbished Civic Centre in Trowbridge was enjoyed by all who attended and we thank Denis Overton for organising the evening. Thanks also to those who provided raffle prizes. We sold £412 tickets (No I didn’t win anything again) and we took a further £104 in donations.

In November some Committee members attended a very enjoyable wine tasting evening at SUAVE in Westbury when I’m told there was a ‘very serious’ competition won by no other than our very own wine expert, Chairman Tino Polledri plus a raffle and refreshments. Thanks to owner Shelley Sperring for putting on this event and for generously donating £315 to our funds. I do hope there’s another one as I was unable to attend this year.

In November we organised our second Bingo Night. It was a very cold evening so maybe that’s why it was not quite as well supported as last year, however we still managed to bank £273.65. We are very grateful to everyone who helped us on the night at Wesley Road Club.

At the end of November the Committee took part in the annual street fair to coincide with the switching on of the Christmas lights. This took on a Dickensian theme and despite the awful weather members braved the cold and wet to sell bric a brac and tombola tickets which added £337 to the coffers plus a couple of items were sent to the Auction raising a further 132. The plus side was as there were very few other stalls there BCUSG actually were the ones who got a photograph in the local press.

Individual Committee members have also been active. Jan took a stall at Corston Village Fete and raised £92 whilst Marie took part in the Wilts Run Challenge raising Sponsorship of £520 with £475 eligible for Gift Aid i.e. £638 in total. Her little legs were very tired but I suspect she’ll be back for more in 2013 although she said definitely not the London Marathon but I’m sure the challenge will get the better of her at some point in the future. Well done we are all very proud of you.

Sadly Joan Archer lost her fight with cancer just before Christmas but loving family and friends sent us £189 in her memory. Thank you so much.

Collections are a great way of fundraising and an opportunity to talk to so many people about what BCUSG has achieved and most recently to tell them about the Positron CT-Scanner Appeal. This we did at Sainsbury’s Trowbridge in November whilst collecting £356.96. On this occasion we were helped by some young people from the local Air Training Corp which was a joy to see. We then held collections in the Castle Shopping Precinct and Shires Shopping Centre raising £206.99 and £587.88 respectively. Our thanks to everyone who gave pounds and pennies and also to all those who helped to rattle those tins. With more collectors we could spread ourselves wider so can YOU give us an hour of your time in 2013? Phone Sue on 01225 755189 to register your contact details.

Collecting boxes are also a great source of income and all those pounds and pennies have recently added up to £421.14. The Griffin, Frome £136.58 and £119.28; Mark’s Barber, Trowbridge £65.55; Avon Spice , Bradford on Avon £29.10 and Sharon Bullus, Frome £70.63. Once again please give us a call if you can display one of our boxes.

Finally, Julie Davis, Manager at Castle Precinct Shopping Centre enlisted the help of the BCUSG Santa’s to distribute sweets and mince pies at the Christmas Grotto. Raffle tickets were also sold for the 70 raffle prizes on show which had been donated by many local traders in the Centre and also in the town centre. Julie hopes that this will result in a donation in excess of £1,000. Many thanks Julie and I do hear you are already planning for next year.

These Santa’s alias David, Ian and Peter assisted by Jeff the Elf were also in demand to call at the Shires Shopping Centre on the two days before Christmas. This time they were also assisted by a very glamorous mother Christmas by the name of Julie and handed out books, crayons and sweets to the children. By the way Tino and yours truly were there to make sure they didn’t miss out on raising a bit of money at the same time. In fact it totalled £253.11. You all did a splendid job especially giving up three days during a busy festive season went beyond the call of duty.

2012 has come to an end and we now look forward to celebrating Trowbridge Group’s 25th Anniversary in 2013. As well as the usual event we are planning a very special dinner with dancing and entertainment on Saturday 18th May so make a note of the date and join us for what will be a really super evening.

We are also working hard to advertise the £1.2 Million Appeal. This is a huge Challenge for a group of volunteers and we really do need your help to organise events on our behalf wherever you live. We are happy to come along and advise or support or organise a talk about the Positron Scanner all you have to do is call Jeanne 07977098896 or Tino 01225 762029. You can also find us on Facebook.

With best wishes to you all from Trowbridge Committee.

Jeanne Ingham-Law – Secretary
BCUSG Trowbridge Committee