WIRKSWORTH: Old Wirksworthians Association to make annual award to Anthony Gell School

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The Old Wirksworthians Association (OWA), consisting of former pupils of Anthony Gell School, Wirksworth, held its AGM. In addition to regular members of the C ommittee, a number of other members, including some new faces, attended

The Old Wirksworthians Association (OWA), consisting of former pupils of Anthony Gell School, Wirksworth, held its AGM. In addition to regular members of the C ommittee, a number of other members, including some new faces, attended

Tony Rugman-Jones was elected to the Chair and Eileen Chadwick is to be Hon. Secretary. Brenda Brown, who presented an excellent financial report, agreed to stay on as hon. treasurer for another year and Ann Whittaker is to be assistant secretary.

For members’ diaries: Founder’s Day this year will be on Wednesday, July 10, with a commemorative service to be held at St Mary’s Church, Wirksworth at 11am,, at which Canon David Truby will officiate, followed by a buffet luncheon at the Cricket Club Pavilion, Wirksworth. Members will be notified with further details later in the Spring. The date and venue of the annual dinner is yet to be finalised but it will be in October and members will similarly be notified. Meanwhile, the Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and Ian Waite were delegated to agree and take action on this. Agreement was reached that fixed dates would be used for future such events; the second Wednesday in July, for Founder’s day and the second Friday of October, for the Annual Dinner. This will enable easier forward planning to avoid last-minute difficulties in booking venues.

David Baker, Anthony Gell School’s Headteacher, who kindly made time available to present a very encouraging report on school progress, academic achievements, activities and building works, was roundly thanked and the school congratulated on its success. It was agreed in principle that a suitable award, yet to be defined in agreement with the school, be made annually to a student or group of students of the School in recognition of some special achievement; again, to be agreed with the School.

Ideas for boosting membership and attendance at functions were exchanged, resulting in agreement that regular and wider publicity be sought, including the possibility of a News Sheet, coupled with a big push this year to spread the word to potential members. The Chair will make prizes available at the Annual Dinner for the oldest, youngest and furthest travelled attendee.

In thanking Michael Gill, who was unable to attend, for his excellent previous service in the chair, the meeting agreed to send their warm wishes to him via his wife Avis.

Any former pupils interested in coming along to events should register their interest with Eileen Chadwick on 01773 550063 or Tony Rugman-Jones on 077900 36741 or email to tojotony@hotmail.com