recently received an email from Julie Southworth ([email protected])
and you will have seen there is a change coming along at the position of
Chair within the GVC. I made it clear 12 months ago that I wished to stand down
from the role after a period of 10 years.
I am very
grateful to Julie for taking on the position as it has become a huge role,
having grown and grown over the years. The official handover date is 31 March
2020, however, the work of passing responsibility over to Julie has already
The plan was
to convene a village meeting, formally handover the role from myself to Julie
and also introduce her to the villagers. Sadly, the current virus outbreak has
prevented us from doing this. There does not seem to be a time in the immediate
future when such a meeting can take place.
started the GVC in April 2010 we were reeling from the shock of losing the Post
Office in Greenmount and the distinct possibility of losing other shops as
well. We have come a long way since then and certainly there is a greater sense
of community life now, than there was at that time.
It has been
quite an adventure starting from a blank sheet of paper to the organisation we
have today. The growth was organic and as a result of desires within the
village to make change. It then just needed time, effort and resource to make
As I have said
I am stepping down as Chair, but not stepping away so I will be here, just not
leading from the front.
Southworth we have an excellent person taking over, and unfortunately for her
at a difficult time, but I know from experience over the last 10 years, she
will have the support of a wonderful and resourceful community.
together and sharing all that we have we will come through this crisis and may
I suggest the community will be the stronger for it.
Thank you once
again for all your support and kindness to Joan, Russell and myself over the
last 10 years. We have had some challenges and some memorable HIGHS and at the
end it has been a most wonderful journey for all concerned, and long may it
P.S. I shall
continue to monitor the [email protected]
email address and answer those emails appropriate to myself, whilst forwarding
those concerning the GVC to Julie at [email protected]