Friends

Invitation to RCWT Friends Annual General Meeting

FRIENDS OF THE RANDELL COTTAGE WRITERS TRUST

Notice of Annual General Meeting

You are invited to the Annual General Meeting of Friends of the Randell Cottage to be held on:

Monday, 8 June 2015, 6.00 for 6.30pm, Room 1 upstairs, Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave St, Thorndon

RSVP to info@www.randellcottage.co.nz or call Robyn on 4758 155 evenings

AGENDA:

  1. Welcome
  1. Apologies
  1. Quorum: 10 people
  1. Receive and approve the Minutes of the June 03, 2014 Annual General Meeting of Friends of the Randell Cottage:
  1. Matters arising from the Minutes:
  1. Receive and consider the Annual Report from the FRC Committee Chair:
  1. Receive and consider the Annual Financial Statements:
  1. Receive and consider a recommendation from the Committee of the annual subscriptions for the following year (2016/17): to be notified on the night
  1. The election of the Officers of the Society:

President: The Chair of the FRC Committee, Sian Robyns, has expressed her willingness to be nominated as President again

Treasurer: Tim Gruar has expressed his willingness to be nominated as Treasurer

Secretary: Robyn Skrzynska has expressed her willingness to be nominated as Secretary again.

  1. The election of the three Ordinary Members of the Executive Committee:

In accordance with the Rules:

Maggie Rainey-Smith has offered to be nominated to the committee again.

Anita Woods has expressed her willingness to be nominated as a member of the Committee again.

  1. Any other business

At the conclusion of the business the Randell Cottage French resident writer, David Fauquemberg, will speak.

Wine available for purchase at the bar downstairs. Juice and nibbles will be served upstairs.

Friends of The Randell Cottage Writers Trust AGM

Notice of Annual General Meeting

To: Friends of The Randell Cottage Writers Trust

You are invited to the Annual General Meeting of Friends of the Randell Cottage to be held on:

Wednesday, 4 June 2014, 6.30pm, Room 1 upstairs, Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave St, Thorndon

RSVP to info@www.randellcottage.co.nz or call Robyn on 4758 155 evenings

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Hear Randell Writers Read

Hear Randell Writers Read over a glass of wine at the Friends of Randell Cottage AGM

Vincent O’Sullivan
Fiona Kidman
Mary McCallum
Pat White
Maggie Rainey-Smith
Jean Anderson
Beverley Randell

7 pm Monday 27 September 2010
Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave St, Thorndon

Readers are our current writer in residence and writers who are Randell Trustees & Friends Committee members. AGM business will be brief.

Randell Cottage Garden

Work has started on revitalising the Randell Cottage Garden.

The gardener at the historic Nairn Street Cottage, Hannah Zwartz, has been taken on as the Randell Cottage gardener as part of a project to revitalise the garden.

Hannah Zwartz
Hannah Zwartz in the Randell Cottage garden

Trustee and Friends of Randell Cottage Chair, Mary McCallum is leading the garden project which includes Hannah (above), her mother Norma McCallum – a keen gardener who has drawn up the garden design – members of the Friends of the Randell Cottage committee, and the Botanic Gardens.

The trees have been heavily pruned to let in more light (thanks to the skills of Brett at Classic Aboriculture) and a recent working bee left the garden looking much tidier and more spacious and healthy.

Mary McCallum says it was great to have Friends of the Randell Cottage, Maggie Rainey-Smith and Dame Fiona Kidman (also a Trustee), working on the garden along with her parents – Norma and Lindsay McCallum, visitor to the Open Day Julie Middleton, and gardener Hannah Zwartz. Mary says the current writer Pat White (below) also got out and dug over the garden – ‘he’s as much a man of the land as a man of the pen, and we really appreciate his support for this project.’ She says the Trust is very pleased indeed to have Hannah as their new gardener. ‘She brings her expertise to the garden, and she is a lovely person to work with. After many years of just being weeded and mowed, we are sure the garden will blossom at her hands.’

Pat White
Pat White in the Randell Cottage garden

Mary’s also excited the Botanic Gardens has offered spare plants to the Randell Cottage Garden. ‘This is a lovely thing to see,’ she says, ‘because the Randells lived in the Botanic Gardens before they lived at St Mary Street and they would have brought some plants to the new garden with them. It feels the right place for the plants to come from.’

Mary expects there will be some plant-swapping between Nairn St and St Mary Street too as the two cottages have a lot in common.

Successful Open Day 2009

Randell Cottage hosted a very successful Open Day on Tulip Sunday this year. Over 60 people came through the cottage and talked with Trustees and Friends about its history and its current use as a writers’ residency.

The visitors ranged from an intrepid Beagle who dragged his owners in the door to a young boy and his mother who were fascinated by the Shacklock range to a couple who renovated old cottages and were delighted to walk through a prime example of ‘stripped down colonial Georgian’.

There were the usual writers interested in a place for writers to write, and those who just happened by after enjoying the tulips. The gorgeous posters organised by Friend of the cottage, Maggie Rainey-Smith and printed by Apex, seemed to attract a great deal of interest. The Trustees and Friends of the cottage had as much fun as the visitors.

We finished up with drinks which representatives from the French Embassy and the Lilburn House attended, as well as Susan Price whose family gifted the cottage to the Trust.