Firstly thank you Lady Willoughby for hosting the Annual General Meeting and to those attending.
As many of you will already know, due to ill health Peter Milnes has retired as Hon Secretary and Trustee of LCT. We are most grateful to him for all he has done during his tenure to assist the Trust to adjust to the post WREN block grant era. Graham Cook has volunteered to take on the Hon Secretaryship and we are delighted to have someone with so much knowledge of the County’s churches in this position. We also welcome The Reverend Michael Cartwright as a Trustee. Most will have seen his biographical notes so I will not rehash these. However it is a great pleasure to welcome someone with such good links to the north of the Diocese to our number. Regretfully Julie Robinson has tendered her resignation as a Trustee due to pressure of work. We thank her for her time and assistance.
The Financial Statement, Reports from Ride and Stride, Subscription Secretary, F & GP Committee, Fundraising and Events, Grants and Publicity and Marketing will be following so I will not pre-empt them but I would like to thank everyone for all they do for LCT. I know how much time Jeffrey spends mentoring churches applying for grants from the moment when the first enquiry is made until the grant is finally paid. This is sometimes many months or years. Deputy Hon. Treasurer, Linda Lord, probably dreams about LCT accounts and thank you also to Nic Ridley who continues to steer the Ride and Stride, to Mona Dickinson and the Fundraising and Event Committee, to Jane Ford who edits the newsletter with great good humour as well as organising the bi-annual art competition and to Geoff Horsfall who arranges the printing. Also a special thanks to Clifford Knowles for all his hard work in finding photographs for the calendars as well as being the largest purveyor of them, and his work putting together the Bishop’s Tour, in which he is assisted by David Lawrence.
Thank you also to Penny Milnes who keeps the subscription list in good order and also to Graham and Fiona Cook for all the work they do spending their evenings packing up the Christmas cards.
Finally I would like to mention all those who open their gardens and houses to help the Trust raise the funds it needs to continue to give grants to the 750 odd churches and places of worship in Lincolnshire. Much time and trouble is given by the hosts to get both gardens and houses ready for the events. Lincolnshire Churches Trust is very grateful to you all.