We held a very successful Bazaar on the 17th November. Thanks to all the local businesses for their kind donations and volunteers who manned the various stalls and to all those that attended. The sum of £3,035 was raised for The League of Friends.
Said chairman Graham Hewitt: “This was an excellent result, and better than last year. We are extremely grateful to stallholders, visitors and local businesses who donated prizes, all of which helped us to achieve the grand total of ££3,035".
To keep up to date with all the news during the past few months, please click on the following link to read the latest League of Friends Newsletter.
Autumn 2018 Newsletter
Update on the Charity's Name Change and Legal Structure
2017 saw the agreement to change the legal structure of the Charity to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and to change its name to "Friends of Fairford and Lechlade Communities".
This required registering a new charity and the approval from the Charity Commission which has recently been received (Sept 2018). The Trustees will now organise and implement the actions required to operate the community services from the newly structured charity. The aim is to have it operational by the end of March 2019.
Rest assured there will be no change to the services we provide in the community. The support will be exactly the same. You will start to see the use of the new name, Friends of Fairford and Lechlade Communities, over the coming months linked with the existing League of Friends name. This change strengthens the position of the Charity now and for the future reflecting how it has changed over 30 years, how its services have changed and are delivered and how Charity Law has changed. It will not change what we do for the community and we look forward to your continued support.
The Glosjazz Swing Band Evening
This event raised a magnificent £1500 for the League of Friends. Our thanks go to everyone who attended and to Earl St Aldwyns for letting us use the gardens at Mill House Coln St Aldwyns
A special thanks also goes to Maureen Trudgill and her team for orgaising the event.
Much Ado About Nothing - Poulton House Poulton
The event at Poulton raised £370. Our thanks again go to everyone who attended and to Sally Boyd for donating the proceeds of this event to the League.
Open Gardens Fundraising Success
The Open Gardens at the Bull Pens in Fairford at the end of June was well attended and enjoyed by everyone.
A total of £546.20 was raised. Thanks to everyone who enabled this event to take place and to everyone who attended.
House to House Collection
The League has completed its house to house collection and raised £19,506 (including gift aid). Graham Hewitt, Chairman of the League of Friends said "This is a tremendous result and is testament to the support we have in the community. Our thanks to the community and to the many volunteers whose hard work and commitment make this happen."
Change of Trustees
Treasurer, Paul O'Shaughnessy has now retired from the League of Friends and we thank Paul for his dedication and commitment over the last seven years. His contribution has been invaluable, and it has helped the League develop into a stronger organisation within the community.
We are delighted to welcome Andrena Miles as a new member of the Trustees and, in addition to becoming a Trustee, Andrea will take over the role of Treasurer. Andrena lives in Fairford, runs a local business and has been a Community First Responder for many years. She will be known by many of our supporters and we are pleased to welcome her as a Trustee.
We are also very pleased to welcome Ros Godden as a Trustee. Ros has served on the Fundraising Events Committee for a number of years and is also a House-to House volunteer.
Curry Night at Khushi's Indian Restaurant, Lechlade.
The successful curry night fund raiser at Khushi's in Lechlade which raised £605. A very enjoyable evening was had by all thanks to Muj and his team at Khushi’s who served some wonderful food and provided a great service.