The Reading Room celebrated 20 years since it was rebuilt – and 100 years since its establishment in 1919 – at a special dinner in October.
Richard Roberts, chair of the Burgh Reading Room Social Club, told the annual general meeting in November how, in partnership with the Management Committee, “we arranged a free celebration with food and music, inviting old and past members of the Social Club, and anyone who has made a significant contribution to the Reading Room in the past”.
Other events included a Christmas Party on 28 December, a Caledonian Evening in January, Bingo Fish and Chips in February and an Indian meal in March. Special thanks went to Suzanne and Mike, Gavin and Frances and Rakesh for organising these events.
Richard also thanked all winter food volunteers for keeping Friday nights busy through the winter, and the weekly barbeque through the summer months.
However, despite the many volunteers, Richard said: “We did notice a drop in the number of people attending the barbeques, especially in the latter part of the summer, and this resulted in lower turnover, more food waste and a lower cash surplus on barbeques for the season.”
Membership renewals for this year stood at 57, down from 66 members last year.
Richard thanked Chris Holloway, who is stepping down from the Social Club Committee after many years of service, for his contribution over the years.