Hello Everyone

I hope you are all keeping well. It has really been winter weather recently, lots of layering required, then it comes off quicker than it went on when you go into a shop!!

I am sure, like the majority of ‘groups’, AGMs were held during the first 3 months of the New Year. We thought you might like to see what Chatterbox has been up to. This is our President Elaine Stamford’s welcome and introduction;

Where has the year gone!! A summary report of activities over the last year was presented including:

8 trips out to: Lorca, Garrucha, Benidorm, Aguilas, Liquor 43 in Cartagena, Murcia and La Zenia.

2 great parties in the Amapola Hotel.

18 coffee afternoons including:

10 Speakers who received a donation for their chosen charity;

9 Committee planning meetings.

We donated over €1000 to charities such as Age Concern, FAST, Forget Me Not and MABS, plus other donations to the Ukraine Appeal, Gardening Groups and the Poppy Appeal. We also donated many lovely knitted garments to the Rosa Caritas Children’s charity at Christmas, so well done ladies and a very big thank you.

Our group continues to grow with new members joining every meeting, which is lovely. We tabled a questionnaire asking for suggestions for future trips and speakers.

The present Committee members were then presented:

Michele Butters – Treasurer

Liz Gibson – Membership

Carol Francis – Trips & Events

Jayne Taylor – Refreshments

Sue Watson – Secretary/Marketing & Publicity

We lost our other Trips/Events Member, Ann Vale, who stepped down at the end of last year due to other commitments. I wish to thank Ann for all her hard work during her time on the Committee. Our Treasurer then presented a financial report and advised that our books are balanced with a healthy credit to take us forward. We will continue to discount our members on trips and also heavily subsidise the Summer & Christmas parties for our members. The accounts were then tabled for all to see.

Thank you to all who brought cakes – always appreciated.

Does this make you think that you might like to come and join Chatterbox? We try to make our meetings informative and friendly. Tea, coffee and cakes always go down well and we do have some wonderful people come and talk to us. For example;

Alen, from his shop on Camposol A. What a lovely interesting young man he is. We learned about his family leaving Iraq before the war and how they have forged a life in Spain. I think we are very fortunate to have such a compassionate and committed family serving us on Camposol. Alen spoke very warmly of life here and the community spirit on Camposol, which we should all be proud of. In recognition of his good service to the community, we presented Alen with our 1st ‘Certificate of Excellence’ which he was very touched to receive. We also presented him with €50 for his chosen charity – the Camposol Community Group.

I know this article contains more text than usual, but felt it would be of interest for you to see what we do, who benefits and who comes to see us. That’s it for now. Take care and – be kind. It costs nothing and means so much.

Sue x