The Hedgehogs hold their AGM and appoint New Chairman
The Hedgehogs held their 58th AGM on 8th May. The meeting was chaired by Bob Hockey, chairman for the past 4 years. Bob Hockey has been instrumental in successfully steering the Hedgehogs through a transitional period of reorganisation and promotion. The AGM commenced by welcoming the new members who had joined the Hedgehogs during 2017. The funds raised by the Hedgehogs for the financial year ending 31st March, 2017 not only matched their previous best ever fund raising result of £73,800 but increased this by 2.5% to £75,750.
During the course of the financial year, 55 separate donations were made to local charities, and worthy causes including the Farnham Community Hopper Bus. Additionally, 20 plus donations were made to local individuals in need, a key element of the Hedgehogs mantra. Monies raised were in no small part due to The Hedgehogs being recognised and nominated by various organisations and shops within the town as their local charity, resulting in the Hedgehogs, now being more prominent and acknowledged and respected for what they represent to the Town of Farnham and surrounding areas.
The major fund raising activities in 2016/17 included The Farnham Motoring Revival, The I Love Farnham Calendar, Sponsored Charity Swim, Golf Day, Marquee and Equipment Hire, Bat & Ball Beer and Cider Festival, Hedgehogs Quiz Night. During 2016 the Hedgehogs also introduced Collection Boxes for the acceptance of old and foreign currency in local pubs and retail outlets which has been a great success.
Bob also gave sincere thanks on behalf of the members to their partners and wives who themselves raised over £3,500 during the year. As a show of appreciation of their enduring support, personalised pink blouses embroidered with the Hedgehogs Supporters logo have been provided.
At the conclusion of the meeting Bob retired as Chairman and Mike Dunkley was voted in as the Hedgehogs Chairman for 2017/18. Bob wished Mike all the best for year ahead and promised his support in every way possible, supported by the membership. Under the chairmanship of Mike Dunkley, the Hedgehogs will continue as a vibrant organisation and a highly respected part of Farnham life as its primary local charity “Helping Local People in Need”.
Services to Farnham Awards 2017
Hedgehogs member Roger Hobbs. Front row second from the right, 30 plus years a member of the Hedgehogs has received the “Services to Farnham Award”. Roger has held office as Chairman and been Social Secretary for over 20 years. An incredibly enthusiastic, totally dedicated and a highly valued member of the organisation, he is always the first to volunteer for any fundraising event and he makes a major contribution to the success of any activity in which he participates or organises.
Roger is well-connected with the local community both old and young alike and excels at persuading local businesses to become commercial supporters for the Hedgehogs. As a very sociable and positive individual he has been a great ambassador successfully recruiting new members.
Castle Street Fayre Selling – “Hedgehogs Love Farnham Calendars” 2016
Our Feature Fund Raising Event July 2016
The following is an article that first appeared in the ’21st Anniversary 1959 – 1980′ publication researched and edited by Maurice Hewins.
“Now it’s all a memory” by Jack Stacey
It all started with a visit from Peter Watts, who was then Club Leader of Young Farnham. “Great news” he said, “I have managed to get the manager of the Odeon Cinema, Guildford, to sponsor the Hedgehogs on a London to Brighton Safari Race”.
After we had picked ourselves up from the floor, and somewhat recovered from the shock, we decided to ask him for further details. Peter emerged from the broom cupboard to explain.
The race was to sponsor a film called “Call Me Bwana” starring Bob Hope and Anita Ekberg, and would take place on Sunday, 7th April 1963. It would consist of two hundred runners, making up ten teams, with twenty men in each. A safari type litter would be supplied by the organisers. It would be sturdily built to enable the team to carry the pretty girl over the fifty-mile course. Our litter fell to pieces after the first half mile, but who was to know that at the time.
Four men would carry the litter, complete with girl passenger, and the course would be divided into ten five-mile relay stages. Each group of four would carry the litter over two of these stages. Peter then went on to explain about the fantastic prizes that awaited the winners. First they would be presented with a cheque for one hundred guineas, made out to the charity of their choice, and secondly a beautiful rose bowl to be kept by the team forever more. The prizes would be handed over by no less a person than the one and only Sabrina. These two points decided us that we should take part. (I am still not certain to this day what two points they had in mind)
Everything then became very serious, and an intensive training scheme was set into motion. A makeshift litter was made, which consisted of a large log slung between two poles. Teams of four men undertook to carry, in relays, this contraption from the Marlborough Head to The Seven Stars and back. One group of four became over ambitious, and tried to make it as far as the Duke of Cambridge. This proved to be too much for them and caused great anxiety amongst the rest of the team members as to whether they would recover in time for the race proper. Fortunately all was well and the great day dawned.