On Tuesday 3rd March 2020 we held our AGM. This years annual show will be the 74th and will be held on Saturday 15th August. Bob Gwynn our Show Manager thanked all who had helped in whatever way with the show. He went on to say that this year children who enter will be given 6 sunflower seeds so that for the 75th show there can be entries for the largest sunflower. The Show for 2021 will be held on 21st August.

Derek Lloyd reminded us what great value the items are from the trading store, and asked us to “please continue to support the store”. Derek went on to thank all who help out at the store and everyone who supports it.

Helen Staniforth said that the coach trips had been well supported and in total there will be 4 this year. We had an enjoyable visit to Oldroyd’s Rhubarb Farm on 22nd February, on 3rd July there is one to Elton House and Gardens, followed by Ashwood nurseries and John’s Garden on 25th August and on 26th September to RHS Garden Bridgewater. There is a lot to look forward to this year on the social scene.

During the AGM the Charity the Club has selected to support this year was announced. We are supporting Leicestershire & Rutland REMAP. Martin Grant came along to present details of the charity to us. In essence the charity will custom make devices to assist individuals with disabilities to enable better independance in whatever way is required. REMAP has many highly skilled individuals who tend to work from home compiling various devices.

Martin is a woodworker but REMAP has IT specialists, people with backgrounds in plastics, fabrics, electronics and metal work to name but a few.

Martin Grant from REMAP

REMAP was established in 1964 and has now grown to having 80 groups within the Country. They have 3 Occupational Therapists on their panel from whom they can seek advice and suitability for any items created. Last year they made 88 devices for a cost of £4500. Any device is supplied free of charge, anyone with a disability can make a request and REMAP will do their best to make this possible when a commercially available item does not work for that individual.

Martin Grant explaining how this device will help someone drink independently

REMAP is a very worthwhile charity as it enables disabled people to have a better quality of life, better independence and in some cases an ability to further enhance enjoyment of hobbies.

Many thanks to Martin for coming along and explaining fully how the charity operates and for showing us demonstrations and a few video clips.