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BRaG Residents Association

Chair's message

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 

Here's a message from Glen Keywood who takes over as Chair for 2020:

I’d like to wish a happy new year to all of our friends, neighbours and committee members. I've been elected as the Chair of BRaG for another year (its been a few years now since I was last Chair) and I have some pretty big shoes to fill. David French has done a great job over the last two years running the show and I hope I can continue where he left off.

2019 was another great year for BRaG both in terms of events and fundraising and I hope we can do the same in 2020. Its important to remember though that our aim is to build our community, improve our area and generally make the BRaG streets a more pleasant place to live. Our events are just one way of achieving that, the funds that we make enable us to continue to operate as a residents association and also donate the surplus to our nominated charities. As Chair this year I would like to see our committee grow and we would welcome new faces from our community, I would like to continue with the events that work (Oktoberfest, Quiz) but also be open to new ideas and opportunities that our residents would support. Of course we can’t do anything without you and your support for our events has been amazing ever since BRaG was created in 2011.

Soon we will set out our provisional events plan for 2020, we will ask for your nominations for our 2020 charities and I would also like to undertake a door to door survey to not only update our mailing list but also find out what you want from BRaG. It is important to remember that we are all volunteers and what we can achieve is often limited especially with respect to some of the more ‘structural’ issues that we would expect our council to remedy. However we do enjoy good relations with RBK and they have been generous again this year by funding 50% of the costs of the replacement of the BRaG shed for which we are very grateful. We expect to have a new shed in place by April and we are grateful to Fr Martin, Heather Stone and St Lukes Church for allowing us to site our shed on the vicarage and of course the ongoing use of the garden and Swinnerton hall.

Finally, I’m hoping that I can persuade some of the other committee members to write a little something in every newsletter to introduce themselves and also explain what they do for BRaG. I’m hoping to encourage some of you out there to join the committee by showing you that it is not hard work, great fun and also will introduce you to many of our friends and neighbours. Whilst the events do look like hard work, we do share the workload and the results are worthwhile. Our committee have been amazing throughout the 10 years that BRaG has been going and they continue to do so, it is great to see the new faces that have joined this year and we are grateful for all of their time and effort.

I look forward to meeting some of you through 2020 and please do get in touch if you have any ideas or feedback for us.

Best wishes

Glen Keywood

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