Where does time go? It doesn’t feel more than a few weeks since I last wrote to you.
It’s been a busy few months for me personally having turned 21 (again…) as well as changing jobs. I’m now Financial Controller for a small, privately owned manufacturing company in Harlow that produces goods for the sports industry. After eight years at my old company with a US Corporate parent it is certainly a very different experience!
Back at Copped Hall, Phil McKinder and Alan Bishop have been advancing their new fundraising project entitled ‘Raise the Roof’. This year we have also introduced a new event – the Afternoon Tea. This was instigated by Helen Lowther who arranged everything in great detail. The teas were produced and served with the same thoroughness by the refreshment team. The extended open day in July was a roaring success with 97% of visitors being paying guests and most of them first time visitors. It seems the work we are doing on social media (Facebook and Twitter) is successfully reaching new audiences. In line with the Trust’s mission of education and history we once again held an event in May in association with the nationwide Museums at Night. Attendance was low, but we scraped a profit. More importantly, those that attended enjoyed a very special experience.
I hope you all enjoyed the jazz this year. We held it upstairs on the ‘principal floor’ for the first time ever and judging by the response of the audience it was a great success. The band was excellent and the singer absolutely amazing. My thanks to band leader Chris Lamberti (who I went to school with and haven’t seen in some 24 years - the wonders of keeping in touch with happenings via Facebook).
By the time you read this we will have held our August Open Day. To connect with the 300 years since the birth of Capability Brown, we set up some information about his work. Did you know that he visited John Conyers at Copped Hall and was paid for his advice? You can certainly see his style in the surrounding parkland and landscape.
One of my achievements (which received a chuckle at the AGM) is the ‘Stuffing Parties’. Over the page you can see us in action, set up in The South Room of the Mansion back in January working on the Green Book mailing. My thanks to all those that come to these parties. We are able to crack out the bulk of the work in less than two hours, but a few of us then spend another hour sorting out which bundles need to be left where, or given to whom, for collection. I am pleased to report hand deliveries reach as far afield as Billericay and Brentwood. We even have competition for the Billericay and Chelmsford slots.
Thoughts now turn to the autumn / winter events. The ever popular Apple Day will be followed by the Pudding Evening in November and of course the four carol concerts in December. These events are always hard work, but to be involved is such fun and so rewarding. If you want to get that warm feeling from being involved then drop me a line on:
'Stuffing Party' in action, in the South Room
Alan Cox- The Last Year at Copped Hall