Tuesday, 2 June 2015

A Committee Of Twelve

The scones have been made and are on the side in Auntie Glad's back larder ready to be buttered for tonight is our First Flower Show Committee Meeting of 2015. This year's show is my ninth and Auntie Gladys' 43rd . It is also my second year totally in charge .
The show committee used to be ruled somewhat by protocol and regulations and in years gone by what the Show Secretary said,  WENT. Today, I would like to say,  I have somewhat of a more relaxed and fun view of role, and the meetings around Auntie Glad's table are noisy, lively and generally good natured affairs.
Our committee consists of 12 Trelawnyd souls.
We have John F who is the laid back Committee Treasurer, who with his white beard and ruddy face looks every inch the sailor that he is. Carol, who lives down our lane, is a favourite muse of our resident " teddy boy "vegetable judge who always insists that she accompanies him on judging day' provides the committee with it's glamour and animal helper Pat, who is a stalwart of the local Women's Institute gives the group some backbone.
Derek and Heulwen from High Street , know everything about the competition and can run the show themselves without any help from me and Ann and Terry, a couple who are always laughing with natural good humour, give the committee it's warmth and fun.
Village matriarch Irene, rolls up her sleeves and works as a long as hard as I have ever done over the Show Weekend and the quiet and diffident Julie from Bron Haul, who has spent many years as a cook, looks as though she will be acting as cookery judge this year for the very first time.
Cameron, our teenage boffin who is in the middle of his GCEs at the moment , is our final associate member. He is responsible for the committee's technical and computer support and designs our publicity posters and is a regular contributor to the show's cookery section.
And so we have twelve.
And Last week , I have put out some more posters around Trelawnyd canvassing for new members
As a group, I feel we need to be welcoming and not inclusive after all new blood keeps the traditional show going
Does it not?
Some of the committee at last year's show

47 comments:

  1. Sounds and looks like a good crew indeed, John.
    the more hands, the better I say.

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    1. You would be good on a flower show committee jimbo!

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    2. I am happy you think so, John. I like committees. i am on one in my community which looks after the running of a government-owned house (MacDonald House).

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  2. There's a surplus "not" in the last sentence. Flower shows are important events so you are doing an important job.

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  3. Twelve good (wo)men and true.
    John, I don't know if Gill over at That British Woman
    (http://thatbritishwoman.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/couple-of-recipes.htm)
    follows your blog or you follow hers but she has a recipe for Scotch Eggs on there this week. Just in case you're interested.

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    1. thanks for the mention Andi, I appreciate it. John I totally agree with what you say that bringing new blood into an organization is a good thing. Mind you some feathers will be ruffled!!

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    2. Already been over andi!
      They look bloody lovely

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  4. Hmmm, that was... odd. Wondered why I wasn't seeing posts from you so came over to see if all was well. Seems I stopped following you without knowing it.

    Better go see who else that's happened with.

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    1. Funny you say that
      I have lost a few followers recently and a few blogs i follow have suddenly dissapeared from my sidenbar
      Dammm you blogger!

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  5. It is always good to have new people on committees. I remember you worrying about this a few years ago when the leaders of flower show were all very up in their years. It looks like you have a good mix now.

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    1. Yes.. Boy have you got a good memory... I would like a couple more 20- 40 year olds but you cant have everything

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  6. It sounds like it will be a good evening.

    Yes, it's always nice to have new blood on the committee and on the fringes too, it keeps things fresh and forward thinking. It's very good that you also have a youngster, no doubt he sees things through very different eyes.

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    1. Indeed.. He also has the confidence of the young which helps

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  7. open it up john. and with auntie glad's scones, NOTHING can go wrong!

    hope you had a loverly birthday yesterday; do tell!

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    1. AM,
      We went over to liverpool ( our nearest major city)
      Had a nice lunch... Went to an art house cinema ( chris hates)
      And saw an ok film... CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA with Juliette Binoche
      Nice day !
      In the evening we went to see my twin sister to swap girls with other sister
      Had four very large gin and tonics!

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    2. "Had four very large gin and tonics" - and you are still standing? ;-)

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    3. Tell us more John about swapping girls With your sister ???? And then four gin and tonics ?

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  8. I think the flower show could put the village on the tourist map.

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    1. I've been trying to do that for 8 years

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  9. Sounds like a fun group, every person will contribute in their own unique way. It would be interesting to study the group dynamics.

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  10. Can't you just write in the minutes "Same as last year"; but with a few codicils?

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    1. Yes... Nothing much changes eh cro?

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  11. Gutted I had to leave :-( I should start one up in Spain, haha!

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    1. Love to see what the spanish do with the novelty vegetable class?

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  12. Can't wait for pictures! What a lovely thing, the flower show!

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  13. When I read 'committee' it reminds me of the wheeltapper and shunters club on TV in the '70's. 'I've had a word with the committee'!!! It would be good to get some new members on board to take some of the 'burden' off the regulars and hopefully have some new ideas to freshen things up whilst still retaining tradition. I'd join if I lived in Wales!!!

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  14. I very much anticipate seeing pictures galore. Yes?

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  15. You all sound like a splendid bunch, nothing like a bit of community spirit. x

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  16. I sense another successful show coming up.

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  17. If I was closer you could count me in. I'm anyone's for a buttered scone. X

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  18. Sounds like it is off to a wonderful start.

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  19. Looks like a good mixture of ages and stages and backgrounds. If I lived there, it sounds like the kind of group I'd join. Good companionship, a worthy cause, and snacks - my idea of a good time.

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  20. I love following the doings around your annual flower show. I think this is my 3rd year.

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  21. I am so excited the show is coming up !
    And I don't even live there but I wish I did !

    cheers, parsnip
    smooches to Meg from The Square Ones

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  22. Sounds like a good group. All deserve ribbons for their time. It also sounds like the makings of a good movie script or mystery book - The Bones In The Garden...

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    1. An Agatha Raisen mystery perhaps?

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  23. New blood, new ideas!

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  24. Wish I was there.......

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  25. We used to have a village matriarch here who ruled everything with a rod of iron and worked her fingers to the bone. Sadly she died some years ago. Since then there has been new blood, younger people, people with different skills - it is all much freer. Good thing too.

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  26. New leadership (you), new ideas and new members keep your organization alive and lively.

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    1. We went all giddy this year
      This year we are having sandwiches as well as cake on the refreshment stall!

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  27. I want to join the committee and have a scone. I also want a description, such as "Janie, who laughs no matter how bad things are."

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie, i knew that anyway x

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  28. It's a lot of work and well done for not only being so actively involved, but being in charge. Village life eh?

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