Date of this Version
The George Eliot Review 21 (1990)
1989 has been another full, rewarding and successful year for the Fellowship. The work involved in running the Fellow Ship on a day to day basis has much increased over the years and this in itself must be a measure of our growth and success for, surely, success breeds more work - and that is as it should be.
At the Annual General Meeting in March, which began our year, three of the four officers were re-elected. John Bunn succeeded Brenda Evans as treasurer - Brenda had been bowed down by school work during her period of office, but the burden of holding our purse strings has been successfully shouldered by John, and Brenda was co-opted to the Council and continues to serve us well and enthusiastically.
In April Gabriel Woolf made his twentieth visit to Warwickshire with his ever popular recital. We chose his title - 'With Great Pleasure' - so that the programme could be chosen by him in exactly that way. After working for and with us for twenty years we felt he should be given a free rein in his selection, knowing that his beloved George Eliot would feature largely - as she did. We are immensely grateful to Gabriel for his constant support, his gift of interpretation, and his friendship, as well as an annual way of refilling our coffers. For the first time for some years we had more than a full house at Nuneaton and this was particularly pleasing.
Our good friends, The Parlour Performers, led by our very supportive President, Jonathan Ouvry, and his wife Marjorie, came to present another of their wonderfully entertaining programmes in May. This concert raised a substantial sum and enabled us to order the third and final plaque for the plinth of the George Eliot statue. As well as thoroughly enjoying their visit, the Parlour Performers helped us to reach the finale of one of our largest projects.
The Nuneaton Wreath-laying took place on June 18th with Beryl Kerby, Chairman of the Nuneaton Society, as the principal guest. The following Saturday we went to Westminster Abbey for the annual Wreath-laying there and in Poet's Corner our Guest of Honour was Rosemary Ashton.