What a year!

It has been a very special year for FOTCH and for Tring. For those of us fortunate enough to have been involved, much has happened that has enabled us to reflect on the sense of community we have in this little market town.

At the heart of it all has been the teamwork done over the last few years to fix walls and roof and restore the Church of St Peter & St Paul in such a  way that it can continue to serve the people of Tring. And it did that most noticeably at the end of June when it hosted the central part of the Tring Charter 700 celebrations and saw 663 people inside the building – and hundreds more in the churchyard who couldn’t get in.

What a night that was: a Bishop and Mayor, many local dignitaries, a wonderful band from Tring School, all organised by one-time Chair of FOTCH Trustees, Vivianne Child, with the Rector, Huw Bellis, and with several new FOTCH Members, Officers and Trustees taking key roles in the presentation (mostly dressed in medieval costume). After the Musical Review in the Spring it was noted that it had been ‘the best example of Tring being Tring’. I think the events this summer may have topped even that. We have captured the spirit of the night with some photos you may
not have seen inside this edition of the magazine.

We also said goodbye this year to faithful and long-serving Trustee Libby McKerrow who organised so many Family Fun Days for us and welcomed Helen Dunford in her place; lost our Youth Representative James Child who handed over to Hannah Dunford and Peter Child (no nepotism here, of course!); and said farewell to Trustee Nick Hollinghurst only to regain former Trustee Christopher Townsend. We welcome their insights, gifts, skills, contacts, (youth!) and enthusiasm as we look forward to their input in the years ahead.

Annette Reynolds
FOTCH Trustee

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