On Friday 1st March SNT hosted a “Thank You” celebration for all of the Trustees and Volunteers who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the Bonded Warehouse and its associated buildings / assets are not just well maintained but gradually and continuously improved for the benefit of the Community.
The Chairman, David Caunt, spoke passionately and most sincerely in acknowledging the many significant achievements that the Trust has delivered since it was formed in 1985 to resurrect a derelict estate – this all being down to the commitment and endeavour of a volunteer workforce who give up their time freely to help in many ways by application of their specialist or general skills. David strongly emphasised that “every little helps” and that every single volunteer who had contributed in just a small way to the success of the Trust was valued and appreciated. The Trust is now stable and financially self-sustaining – a pre-requisite for looking after a listed building for which repairs are inevitably expensive. He outlined the plans for the immediate future of the building with roofing repairs to the offices, replacement carpet in the Brindley room and a refurbishment of the ladies toilets all earmarked for attention in 2019, as well as the routine matters needing attention which arise on a regular basis.
Before closing his speech David gave a presentation of a number of wooden hand-crafted rifles to the Stourbridge Army Cadet Force who have aligned with SNT on a “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” basis to mutually benefit each other – half of the promised 40 rifles have now been produced and these are being used enthusiastically by the young cadets.
At the end of David’s inspiring speech he invited all to partake of a splendid buffet supper and drinks from an open bar – this was a good opportunity for volunteers to chat and consolidate friendships whilst considering the future work required to maintain the site.