Spittal trust enjoys upturn in its fortunes
The remarkable turnaround in the finances of Spittal Improvement Trust in the past year was welcomed at its AGM in St Paul's Church.
Fine weather which attracted large crowds enabled the seaside festival to reverse a deficit of £3,100 in 2014 into a positive balance of £2,900 in 2015.
Spittal Gala, held at the far end of the village, was also well supported and while the turnout for the Christmas fair was a slight disappointment, is also made a surplus.
Together with a tighter grip on spending, the financial picture was much brighter than a year ago. Treasurer Tommy Wilson congratulated the committee on its efforts .
He reminded members the trust was not in the business of accumulating bank balances and he would not anticipate a similar outcome from the seaside festival every year.
However, he had advised last year that the events it organises must, if possible, make a surplus to ensure the organisation keeps its head above water.
The trust’s gardening group had also worked hard. They had the village looking colourful and tidy and had reduced their deficit in 2015. By halving the number of issues of The Point newsletter, they had also saved cash.
Tommy was thanked by the Mayor, Hazel Bettison, for the sound advice he gave. He was also thanked by the trust’s founder chairman, Scott Weightman.
A veteran Spittal resident called for a watch to be kept on flooding around the Carr Rock. There had been several flooding incidents over the winter. The Mayor thanked Northumberland County Council for its work in stopping flooding on Main Street.
Four new committee members were welcomed – Moira Henry, Ian and Rhona Beresford and Ian Leech.