Trust Life #126

Posted on 02nd February 2021 | in Amble Development Trust

Welcome back to Trust Life and into yet another lockdown with stricter regulations looming! But let’s look towards lighter, brighter, days – spring is on its way.

From the Events Committee, we hope you enjoyed the Festival of Light in the lead up to Christmas. Drywater Arts have some wonderful photos of the fantastic windows and displays you made. We are lucky to be part of such an enthusiastic community. To that end, we are thinking of other projects that you might like to be involved in. All I’ll say at the moment is – Watch This Space!

The Seafood Centre is now offering a home delivery service. Ring 01665 713580

On the Sculpture Trail front, so far we have managed to keep progress on track, however the latest lockdown may hamper this, depending on whether artists are able to get to their workspace, or if the fabricators are still working. As the artists come from different areas, restrictions vary. We are hoping that any time slippage will be minimal, but at the moment there are no guarantees.

On a brighter note, applications have been submitted for funds to hold community development workshops. The intention behind this is for the community to be involved in designing an additional sculpture for the trail, and work on developing a celebration event which we hope will coincide with the official opening. This is something we wanted to include from the beginning, but for obvious reasons were unable to carry out. We can only hope that if successful with the funding, that the pandemic situation improves, good health returns and restrictions are lifted.

The Seafood Centre is now offering a home delivery service for those who cannot get to the centre or are self isolating. If you know someone who may like some fresh fish delivered to their door, just call 01665 713580 to make enquiries. The Seafood Centre is also assisting the Food Bank by offering vouchers to be included in food parcels.

Andy Sim is retiring as chair of Amble Development Trust

On a sadder note, we are to say goodbye to our current Chairman Andy Sim. Andy was a staunch supporter of the Trust before joining the board and served as Vice Chair for many years, before stepping up to the role of Chair when Terry Broughton retired two years ago.

Unfortunately Andy is now suffering from ill health and wants to reduce his commitments, so has decided to retire from ‘active service’. I’m sure he will still manage to fill his time in with family and holidaying whenever it is allowed again – he likes nothing better than barging on canals with his children and grandchildren.

Paul Rigby takes over as the new chair

So our sincere thanks go to Andy and Mary his wife for the time, support and commitment they have given to not only the Trust but to the town in their many volunteering roles.

Paul Rigby who many of you will know, is our current Vice Chair and has kindly offered to step up to the role of Chair, and Lynne Morelli will step in to the role of Vice Chair. I’m sure we will manage to keep them busy!
Hoping you all stay safe and well in the coming weeks.

Julia and all trust staff and trustees

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