Golden Cap Association (West Dorset)

a local association of the National Trust

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a local association of the National Trust

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40 years on the Golden Cap

Not only is this the 40th year of the Golden Cap Association but it is also the 40th Anniversary of the acquisition by the National Trust of the Golden Cap itself and of the Stonebarrow site, formerly an RAF installation . To celebrate the occasion members and NT volunteers were invited to meet on Stonebarrow for an afternoon cream tea followed by a walk around some of the property. And we were thrilled that approximately 100 people accepted the invitation. The afternoon was blessed with glorious sunshine tempered by a cooling sea breeze.

The afternoon events started with short presentations by the current West Dorset General Manager, Hannah Jefferson; the former General Manager, Helen Mann; and the Golden Cap Association Chairman, Gordon Simmons. After the tea, served by the NT staff and assisted by members of the Golden Cap Assoc Social Committee some of the guests were led on a guided walk around the immediate area by two of the NT Rangers.

Photos by V Smith and C Senior

· 14/07/2018 13:26 · CA Senior

Steam and Water in the Sunshine

On a glorious Wednesday in June we ventured on an adventure involving a coach journey to Paignton; a steam train ride to Kingswear; ferry trip on the River Dart to Dartmouth; and culminating with a cruise up the river to Totnes. It was a wonderful relaxing and most enjoyable day with the added bonus of glorious sunshine all the way.

We've made this journey before but it has always been well received by the members and this was not an exception. Chris Walliker's arrangements worked like clockwork and allowed us amble time to enjoy a relaxed meal in Dartford while waiting for our boat.

40th Anniversary Buffet

The Golden Cap Association (or Golden Cap Centre as it was known at the time) held its inaugural meeting on 21st April 1978.

When we formed there were 85 associations such as our own. Today there are more than 170. Sadly some have since fallen by the wayside but we have endured because of the ongoing commitment of people prepared to devote their time and energies to committee duties and helping to organise a programme of social events for members. That remains the case today.

One of the ways we are celebrating this achievement was to organise a meal in Loders Village Hall in June where over 60 members enjoyed a wonderful buffet meal prepared and served by members of the social committee.

Birthday celebrations always have a cake and we had the same which our Chairman ceremoniously cut so that it could be distributed amongst all those present.

More celebratory activities are planned throughout the year.

· 06/07/2018 15:12 · CA Senior

2018 AGM

In March the AGM approved the donation of £4,000 to the National Trust here in West Dorset. In 2017 we gave £3,500 for a permanent shelter on Stonebarrow. This has now evolved into a more ambitious project and the AGM voted for both donations to fund this. Although the shelter remains the physical focus, the project will embrace 'Spirit of Place', a concept founded upon what a place evokes emotionally in people to make it special to them as opposed to its broader historical or cultural significance. So it is most appropriate that this should be happening during 2018, the 40th anniversary of the acquisition of Golden Cap itself and of the Stonebarrow site, formerly an RAF installation.

We were also delighted that Hannah Jefferson, the new General Manager for West & North Dorset was with us at the AGM to accept the cheque, presented by our President, Chris Walliker.

· 06/07/2018 14:15 · CA Senior

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