National Trust Sidmouth Centre chairman stands down

MEMBERS of the National Trust Sidmouth Centre refl;ected on a good year when they attended the organisation’s Annual General Meeting at the Manor Pavilion last Tuesday.

MEMBERS of the National Trust Sidmouth Centre reflected on a good year when they attended the organisation’s Annual General Meeting at the Manor Pavilion last Tuesday.

Outings to places of interest and theatres and talks have been well attended as membership increased to 530.

From funds of �5,400, raised through members’ support, the centre has given donations to Killerton, A La Ronde and to Castle Drogo- all of whom were very grateful.

Dr. Bob Symes OBE, chairman of more than ten years, announced he felt it was time to stand down. The centre showed its appreciation for all he has done, not only in guiding it in its continuing development, but also representing it in South West regional meetings and some at National Trust headquarters. President Michael Robertson thanked Dr. Symes and presented him with a print of the ‘Long Picture of Sidmouth’.

The centre welcomed Ian Heard, a former treasurer, as its new chairman and everyone wished him well.

New treasurer, Derek Jeal, joined the other officers and members of the committee who were all unanimously re-elected.